Needling through Life's Complications while Sipping Caffeine Based Beverages. . .
Friday, November 29, 2013
Today I'm working on a bulky hat for my friend up north. The yarn is Charisma and it's very soft. Also, it's a bulky self-striping yarn. The pattern is the Double Twist Hat and it's an easy-peasy. It's also a free pattern.
The color is Chocolate Chip and was not chosen at random.
Stephanie's 2012 Gift
I don't have time to make her a cowl so I chose this colorway to go with the items I made her last year. I think she will like it.
It has happened again.That knitting thing.It’s not
startitis nor is it a knitting block but instead it’s the opposite.Something in the crafting part of my brain
clicked and connected to the holiday gifting section of my brain and I’ve been
knitting like crazy and quite obsessively.I have loads of yarn ready to be made into gifts and I’m churning my
hats and mitts out in assembly-line style.It is so important to me to get the gifts done that I’ve put down my
book and a few other me-projects and I am in a bonafide knitting zone.I have passed up lunch and dinner with friends because I must knit. I have a bunch of FOs that could have posted
weeks ago but I’ve opted to just knit and knit and knit until I get past a
certain amount of gifts that will give me that ahhhhh feeling.So, forgive me for not posting WIPs or FOs
lately and please forgive if I haven’t visited and commented on blogs
lately.I really do appreciate you
visiting mine.All of that will come
I'll explain. I am actually enjoying shopping for yarn to make gifts. I am having fun with my pattern choices but most of all I am amazed at how well I'm coming along with my determination of moving gifts out of the way. Is it possible that I WON'T be knitting gifts and sending them out the week before Christmas ? My fingers are crossed and that would be a first.
Like I said, I'm finding this new organized knitting self amazing.
By the way...
I think I have found the perfect hat pattern for those really cold northern winters. The combination is a Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and the Close-knit Waffle hat pattern (free Rav link). This yarn with this stitch makes a totally dense hat. I even purchased more yarn this weekend to make a couple more.
It almost looks like a brick wall doesn't it ?
For those of you that haven't tried any of the Wool-ease yarns, they are great.
I saw the cutest commercial last night. It's called the Gifter. You've probably seen it but I had to laugh remembering those days when I bought all gifts and how a couple family members and I were in the unspoken competition of trying to give the best gifts. For years I would have called myself a professional gifter. I had every size, favorite color, likes and dislikes of family and friends etched in my brain. I was never off. Ohhh the money we must have spent on that game. Funny.
Anyway, on to more holiday knitting. Enjoy Your day !
I have bonded with my holiday gifts. You see, there was a bit of resentment on my part. I felt burdened because I have projects which are a cardigan for myself and a sweater for my Son that had to be put aside in order to get the holiday gifts done. I am over that bit of selfishness though. I am a happy holiday knitter now.
The past couple of weeks have been Hat-World for me. Everything is about hats. Which pattern for the hats, which yarn, does Uncle Ted have a big head ? Which little cousin likes red and which likes blue ? Hats, hats, hats. I love making hats and my family loves receiving them and again I am so very grateful that no one asked for a pair of socks or a long cabled scarf...
This is my third holiday Unoriginal. I'm making this one for one of my little cousins. I would love to make her a cowl but there are no promises. I want to keep the pressure down.
This hat is for one of my little cousins also. I was on a two day search on Ravelry and at bookstores looking for a unique boys hat. One that wouldn't take a lot of work. I wanted fair-isle also. There were a lot of stripy things which I've deemed as typical boy-stuff so I have drawn up my own pattern. It will be very simple but will give me the satisfaction of doing fairisle.
The yarn is Charisma by Loops Threads. I have to make two hats. One will be mostly reddish with blue and the other will be mostly blue with red. My gauge is good and it looks like the measurements should be correct. The measurement should be 15.5 - 16.5 around. I started with a US 10 needle for the rim but then remembered how much hair my little cousins have so the hat part is done on a US 10.5. I wanted to use US 11s but I don't think I have dpns in that size. At least I can't remember having any.
Now this is a very cute little poster but there is a lot of truth in it.