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Oh just knit already!

So I’m trying to get rid of the monstrous stash I have (A SABLE, if you will (Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy)), I find myself avoiding the projects previously on the needles. I’m also avoiding future projects, ones I know I should be making right now.

So instead of working on things for people that were supposed to be done months ago, I’m making hats. And scarves. And some more hats.

It dawned on me the other day: What the hell am I going to do with all these things? Sure I keep a few hats to wear regularly in the colder months (which lets face it, if it isn’t a Camogie game day in August, when is it not a colder month?) but do I really need 10 or more hats? Same with scarves. I stick to whatever is on the table by the door when I’m rushing out in the morning so the giant pile of scarves in my closet is woefully out of use.

But in all seriousness… Hats are SO EASY to make. So easy in fact, that I basically taught myself how to make one. From altering a Tam pattern from Vogue Knitting, I managed to make my own pattern which really isn’t saying something in terms of hats.

All a hat is, is knits.

If you think about it, you can make a garterstitch brim, which is knit stitch the whole way ’round and then switch to stockinette stitch- which is knit stitch all the way ’round. It’s THAT SIMPLE.

This stitch is so easy and so perfunctory that you can get into a groove, you can feel your way to the next stitch and successfully watch an episode of Big Brother while chatting with Mom about the vapid girls with their giant boobs and still manage to make something by the end of the night.

I also love making quick scarves with this school of thought:

Cast on 200 stitches and just knit. When you reach the end of your row, turn around and knit your way through again. It’s beautiful and you’ll be done in no time (unless you’re like me whose hands get tired after carrying around the weight of 200 stitches of Alpaca so you break a few times).

So please, readers, whoever and wherever you are, start knitting. Literally.

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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

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Anthony

You can probably hear me sighing from my perch in the Library as I post this.

It’s been a trial and error- mostly error- time with Anthony’s scarf.

I love Caron’s products. I always make items super cheap with their stuff and I found all the yarn for my friends’ Christmas presents through Caron.
I went with the tried and true: Caron Simply Soft. Then I looked to the left and saw “Simply Soft: Eco” and thought it was worth a try. It was the same price as the Simply Soft but was just a little bit softer.

I first tried a simple garter stitch but I didn’t like how it looked so I decided to try a rib stitch but I hated how that looked and finally settled on the vertical scarf via garterstitch. Mom said it was a beautiful effect when turning the stitches so they appear as vertical stripes on the yarn.

THEN (yes the mistakes continue) I started knitting but found that it was too short. When I went to graft another piece to it, the seam was so ridiculously clear that I couldn’t keep it like that and respectfully give it to him.

So I frogged it… all of it…

Then I made the swatch and figured out how many stitches I’d need for it to be 6 feet with the needles I was using.

After casting on 300 sts, I found that the sts were completely crammed on the circulars I was using. I dealt with it until my mom’s metal circulars BROKE.

Yup. They broke. The nylon just separated from the metal part of the needle in a clean break. It was saddening but I dealt with it and went out and bought a new pair of bamboo needles to repay mom for her loss and I got me a pair too.

I lost one stitch in the process of trying to get the yarn back on needles. Luckily I picked it up the following row so, while there’s a tiny hole where the stitch was lost, I didn’t lose all that much ego boosting quality.

Having 300 sts on the needles is a bit daunting and I’m finding myself wishing I hadn’t put so many on, but I just keep plowing through and finish every row one at a time. I don’t think about how many rows I have left… and if I’m tired I remember that Anthony is going to be so happy with this scarf (he already is and he’s not seen it yet!).

I’m so far around 16 rows. I’ve got about 10 more depending on how wide I want it. I’ll probably stop when it reaches about 6 inches wide since I feel like a scarf doesn’t have any quality unless it’s thick and wide- better to cover you up in the cold weather!

It’s perfect timing too. The semester is over in just a couple weeks and then Anthony is going abroad- hopefully to some cold countries!- and will be taking the scarf with him. We’ve recently been getting some seriously cold weather and we’re expecting our first snow in Milwaukee so I’m hoping to have it done for him tomorrow so he can start wearing it and hopefully keep warm and comfy while braving the many wind tunnels that populate UW-Milwaukee.

I promise I’ll post pictures as soon as this sucker is done. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m glad to be making it though. I love the feeling of seeing their faces light up when I give people one of my presents. There’s such a gratifying look on their faces that just lights up my life regardless of my stress level.

Yup… pictures will go right here!

Anthony’s basic black scarf
Size 10.5 needles
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco. Colorway Black
Bought at Joann Fabrics and Crafts- Brookfield WI.

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This yarn hates me

The yarn of Chucky

It’s the bane of my existence. I have knit the entire skein and then taken it apart probably four times. Soon it’s going to felt because it’s just not the right kind of yarn.

I’m in love with my other Spud and Chloe product, but this yarn is just… not working for me. I’ve tried to make a scarf for Tim only to find that I had a foot and a half of knitting… so I thought I could use it as well as a grey yarn used as well for the scarf for Tim. I found that the yarn was too thick for use with the darker grey.

So I took it apart and thought I could make a hat out of it.

I don’t have enough.

So now it’s in my project bucket, because I can’t stand looking at it.

I’m going to make a neckwarmer this weekend and hope and pray that I have enough yarn to create something I might actually like with it. Wish me luck!