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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

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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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Let’s pretend we’re Ralph Lauren!

Who saw the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
Anyone? Bueller….

It seems that no one I’ve spoken with has seen the opening ceremonies but I DID!

And during said opening ceremonies I fell in love with a Ralph Lauren beanie that was made for all the Olympians. I didn’t think I’d be able to make something like this until I was stalking the Ravelry forums and found a thread featuring the pattern from someone who had taken the time to reverse engineer the knitting and make the cap!

AND THE PATTERN WAS FREE!!!!!!!

I later told my mom “I need something more challenging! I’m so bored with scarves and hats and I need something with more of a challenge.”

So I downloaded it and immediately set to getting out to Loop at some point. The pattern itself calls for Cascade 220 in Red Blue and Cream. I went to Loop but couldn’t find any of the colors. However, next to it was the Berroco line and the colors were so vibrant and I fell in love with the rich red, navy blue and pure cream. I also had to buy size 6 circular and DPN needles for the gauge I wanted.

So I got home and after making my way through some homework, set to raveling the hanks into symmetrical balls of the yarn.

While watching the Men’s Luge and Moguls I cast on.

And quickly twisted my stitches upon joining! I’m just that awesome!

So I took it apart, re- cast on, then made absolute sure that I’d be OK for the rest of the pattern and I am.

I have to do some alterations to the pattern because it only shows one part of the hat. This chart is very well done but I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing for a majority of the hat, so I printed out graph paper (thank you, excel!) and grabbed a red and blue colored pencil and started coloring row by row (I’d color a row, then follow it. Otherwise I’d get too overwhelmed and screw up!)

First the pattern asks for 15 rows of just stockinette stitch to act as a lining (you flip the yarn under so it’s against the forehead, lining against the back of the fair-isle knitting.) for all the moving around the yarn does at the back of the knitting. It looks like an inverse of the pattern on the back but the yarn is pulled across to join to the new stitching. It’s hard to explain but it looks kind of cool! This lining was kind of unnecessary because the knitting isn’t going to come apart the way it’s done, but it’s purely a comfort thing.

I finished the brim last night. It has a beautiful and simple fair isle pattern that would have been a lot harder had I not done it the way I did.

I get to add in the two rows that include the red yarn tonight and then it’s on to making my moose and trees! I’m so proud of myself. I didn’t think I had it in me to ever do fair isle or other color work.