Got a case of the Mondays

Yesterday was an interesting one: No one was in the office. Well that’s not true- a fair few people were here but a lot of them were gone in meetings and/or on location- AKA Out of the office. It was another day of voicemails. The phone rang about 15 times all day too so it was a very dull day. Perfect day to make another hat!

I grabbed some marine-colored Cascade 220 Alpaca (What is my obsession with 220??) and, again, my size 6 circulars.  I had hoped there would be more work for me to do but projects were being saved for later in the week- AKA it was phone answering and nothing more for the day. It was great.

I decided to go with a k1p1 rib for the brim and then stockinette stitch for the bulk of the hat. What else could be easier than knit stitch in the round?

I finished the hat sans the DPN work shortly before leaving work. It’s a little big since the yarn was a larger gauge but it’s so soft and cushy that it works when it bubbles out a little.

Like Friday, when I take a good-quality picture of this hat, I’ll post it.

Generic Beanie
Design: Mine
Needles: Circular and DPN Size 6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Alpaca blend


Friday I’m in Love

Friday was an interesting day at the office. Most of our staff was super busy in meetings and such and phones were sent directly to peoples’ voicemails so I didn’t have much to do. I broke out the purple Cascade 220 Tweed at about 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. and cast on for a simple garterstitch/stockinette stitch hat.

So in between phone calls and bathroom/lunch breaks, I knit an entire hat with this gorgeous tweed. The nubbies are all different colors and I love the designs created by the bits attached to the yarn. It’s somewhat coarse but the yarn will definitely keep one warm in the winter months.

Once I take a good picture of this hat, I’ll post it. Hopefully tonight!

Generic beanie
Design: Mine
Needles: Circular, DPN size 6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Tweed- Purple


Seattle: The Aftermath

I had a lot of fun running around Seattle during my Christmas vacation.

Upon coming home I realized the majority of the damage I had done when I took inventory of the yarn I had bought.

Lets just say me in a yarn shop is a very dangerous combination. I spent a little too much money but I’m so excited to start knitting.

At Stitches, I didn’t find a ton of yarn because it was mostly for fabric, but I did find four skeins and beautiful Cascade 220 and 120. I plan on making some striped scarves with the two colors I’ve chosen (two shades of orange and two shades on red). She even wound the yarn for me, thus spurring my strong desire to buy a swift and ball winder… I’m very excited to get started knitting though!

A few days later I went to another yarn shop near Westlake Mall. My brother was shopping around so Mom and I drove down the road to Pacific Yarns. I tried to stay relatively frugal at this place but they had this beautiful plum colored tweed and some yarn that I got my friend Rachel for Christmas. I also found some really pretty rainbow colored and ocean colored yarns but I have to suck it up and buy a pair of 2s for that knitting. I hope I’m up for the challenge.

That same day we went to a yarn shop relatively close to my brother’s apartment. He and mom stayed in the car, expecting to be there for quite some time but little do they know that I’m a super yarn shopper! I found more tweed (red this time), some cashmere and wool blend yarn, some baby Alpca, and more Cascade Yarns (The factory is in northern Seattle so Cascade is super cheap and it’s everywhere… sadly I didn’t make it up there before leaving for home).

I finally took some pictures and will upload them as soon as I can, but let me tell you, I am set for yarn for a very long time. I’m thinking of taking over the dresser in our spare room for all my yarn!

Until then it’s on to finishing the Christmas presents for my two best friends before Monday…


That’s A Wrap!

I finally decided what I’m going to do with my blue and brown yarn. This yarn was originally bought to make a sweater based on a Brooklyn Tweed creation, but, due to problems with sizing and the likes, I quickly began to hate the sweater endeavor, so I left the yarn balled and sitting in my project bucket.

At first I thought of making a baby blanket… something for my 2nd Cousin’s first birthday or the grandson of a woman I work with; but then it dawned on me: This yarn is not machine washable… babies drool and do all sorts of other things to muss up a blanket. Probably not the best idea in the world.

So then I decided I could make myself a wrap or I could make a blanket. I’m still deciding, but I’m thinking it’ll become a pretty wrap that I can fold and wear in the winter.

OK so here’s my plan- I started with the Cascade Yarns in a midnight blue and a beautiful Brown. and knit about 20 rows. After a glitch in the first row, where I started doing a k1p1 rib stitch, I decided the garter stitch looked better in that blue. So I left the k1p1 and switched to Knit. It looks really cool.

After the 20 rows were done, I changed to Brown and began doing a k1p1 rib stitch. I didn’t really like how open the rib stitch looked so after four rows I stopped and switched to garterstitch again. I really like the random-ness the piece has and I think it’ll look great.