Dee: With an abundance of windshield time ahead of me, I decided to pack up some knitting projects for my vacation trip out west. I finished up casting off on the shawl for my mother-in-law. This was paramount since it was her birthday celebration we would be attending in Montana. I think it turned out nicely… She cannot wear anything with wool in it and she loves fancy things so this yarn sprinkled with sequins was the perfect choice for her.
As soon as I finished the shawl I cast on for the New Directions Cowl that I had bought the kit for at last year’s Wisconsin Sheep and Fiber Fest. The cowl was fun to knit without a lot of directions or details to following making it a perfect project for the road and for sightseeing. I love the way that by switching yarns every nine rows that it kept the project interesting. This cowl is earmarked as a Christmas gift.
I then began with a repeat knit of the Timber Bay Hat. I had given the last one I knit away as a birthday gift and knew at the time that I wanted one for myself. This time I used some berry hued yarn from my stash and named the hat the Huckleberry Hat in honor of Montana’s State fruit. I really think you should knit one for yourself the fold over brim in a one by one twisted rib is so fantastically satisfying and beautiful.
I wanted enough knitting to last the entire trip and I brought exactly that, enough knitting to last me until I reached my driveway. The final item was my take along project that I started months ago and only work on when I have time to kill in a waiting room or during my lunch break. It’s also a favorite repeat knit of mine, the Veil Stitch Cowl that I knit last winter. Light, airy and perfect to wear indoors as part of an outfit this cowl features only one stitch that you repeat again and again even on the cast off row…the Veil Stitch. It looks impressive and knit up in Noro it’s a stunner.
My trip to Montana would not have been complete without a stop at the Dupuyer Cache where there is a room stocked with Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn. This yarn is minimally processed leaving it butter soft. The colors are phenomenal by the way and I had an especially hard time choosing which colors to bring home with me. I wanted to buy one skein in every color, however I did not do that. That would have been a lot of yarn…even for me. I took pictures of the shop to share…enjoy! Happy knitting y’all!
Dee: When my brothers cleared out my folks home to move them into assisted living and subsequently sell their home…a few of my mother’s things were discarded…namely all of the items that I have knit her over the years. Sadness. She’s cold so I’ve knit her a new shawl out of yarn that is washable. The shawl is based on the Madeline Shawl by Kate Jackson (not the Charlie’s Angels actress Kate Jackson, at least I am thinking not.) I knit the shawl with Plymouth Encore from my stash for something that is easy care for her new living arrangement.
I think it turned out pretty nice too if I do say so myself. I am loving this construction for her. It should sit nicely over her shoulders without falling off. I am knitting another for my mother-in-law who is turning eighty this month. Hers will be in all garter stitch and knit with some sequined yarn. Yes, she’s a fancy girl. At the rate I am knitting I’m going to be late for the actual birthday though.
I’m still knitting hats. I love knitting hats. I have two to share with you. One of them is going to be a gift the other I am planning to donate for a worthy cause….stay tuned. This first hat is Timber Bay. I loved knitting this pattern. The turned brim is spectacular. I am planning to knit more of these hats in the near future. For this one I used some Cascade 220 heather yarn which I just loved so much. Heathers and tweeds really make the nicest hand knit items, they really do. There is a depth to them that really adds to a finished piece. I was really nervous that I would run out of yarn as I was closing in. I made the comment to my husband that I was afraid that I was going to run out of yarn and he replied that I will never run out of yarn. Hmmm.
The second hat to share with you is the Five Pillars Hat. I knit the hat with larger yarn and needles since the finished measurements for the pattern were really small and would make a very tight hat. I used some Cascade 128. I think I would have preferred a smaller gauge yarn however I so love a big hat. I think they look better on my head.
So there you have it I have been busy knitting and not busy blogging. Shame on me. Until next time…
Happy knitting everyone!
Dee: Well, not exactly a cherry however I did consider making a classic red pompom to top my hat for the month of March, the Big Herringbone Hat. Instead I used a faux fur pompom from the stash of faux fur pompoms that I have apparently accumulated…you may realize that I’m a girl who rarely passes up a good deal on knitting related paraphernalia. Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, this two color hat was a very fun knit. I had originally planned to use Green Bay Packers colors of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Sunshine Yellow and Pine to knit this one up however I recently bought a houndstooth skirt in classic black and white so I was inspired to knit likewise. Perhaps I’ll still knit a Packers version…perhaps not.
So you may have heard that I’ve put a kibosh on buying yarn for the remainder of the 2016 calendar. However, it’s only March and I am now beginning to feel the pull, the allure of the stash enhancement. If I make it until YarnCon in April that would really be something!
What’s next on my needles? I’m still thinking about that. A shawl for my mom? Another hat? Definitely! Or perhaps something with one of my KnitCircus gradients? Stay tuned…until then, happy knitting!
Dee: I love requests, especially when they come from either of my sons. So when son #2 asked for a business casual hat I got right to work. Knowing that this guy craves comfort I knew I’d be using some of that fabulously soft and warm Sweater by Spud & Chloe, that I happen to have on hand in both black and grey to knit up this very casual yet business like beanie for him. It’s a slightly modified version of the Pittsburgh Steelers Hat by Lorna Miser. You can read my notes here for the slight changes that I made.
For those keeping count this is hat number two for the month of February. I’m almost done with my March hat, so you can expect a post about that one soon. Happy knitting y’all!
Dee: Once in a while I like to follow a month’s theme for my “hat of the month” as I have chosen to do here with my February hat the Flower Love Fair Isle Tam. I saw a store sample of this pattern when I was on vacation in California at the Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. They had used a skein of Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool as the contrast color paired with a natural off white as the main color. I wasn’t sold on their pick of yarn for the main color, the texture was wrong, so I went with my own choice Malabrigo Yarn Rios, which just happens to be one of my friend Kathryn’s favorite yarns. As for the pattern, I wasn’t enamored with the way Chart B was presented however once I wrapped my mind around it I sailed through and finished quickly.
I love tams and I love blocking tams. I have a certain plate that just seems to be the perfect size for blocking a tam to fit my head.
I’m already on to a second hat for this month for my son which I will hopefully complete this weekend. Then I will pick another hat project for March. Hats are just so fun to knit!
Dee: I cannot believe I forgot to mention my hat for January 2016 in my last post. I designed this hat for Emily, a Rams fan, God bless her. I was able to get the colors right thanks to Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted yarn. however, I ran into many problems with designing her hat. First the two-color braid I wanted looked horrible, then the rolled bottom wasn’t quite right, and finally the stitch count was wrong for the size of her noggin and my chart. Thankfully I’m no quitter, a calculator helped with that, so I was able to adjust my chart to suit the stitch count that would eventually fit my dear sweet Emily.
Next up…my February hat inspired by a sample at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. Stay tuned and happy knitting!
Dee: The end of 2015 signals an end to my yearlong knit-a-hat a month challenge. I surpassed my goal early on since hats are my absolute favorite thing to knit. I knit a total of seventeen hats as well as many other items in 2015. Many of the chapeaux (that’s French for hats) provided for handy gift giving opportunities when the holidays came around which I really appreciated. I may focus on another small project each month so I will end the year with another supply of gifts ready for gifting…or perhaps I’ll just keep knitting hats.
My final hat of the year was a repeat of the Violet Waffles pattern which was such a fun knit and great hat. I chose to use my favorite hat yarn Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted once again however using one of their multi-colored yarns. I began the hat with the two by two ribbing only to discover an unfortunate pooling that I knew I’d never be happy with so I frogged and began again with a coordinating solid switching to the multi-colored after the ribbing. The resulting hat is gorgeous!
Two-Color Violet Waffles
I bought myself a couple of after Christmas gifts this year. Since I loved knitting my NaKniSweMo sweater so much, I bought two sweater kits. And since my Sipsey’s Folly kit arrived first…I’ll be knitting that along with Jodee who, like me, purchased the kit and the Amy Detjen Custom Yoke Sweater class on Craftsy. We can wear our finished sweaters when we show up at camp in the fall. Stay tuned and happy knitting!
Monica: and I still have not cast on for my NaKniSweMo. I am the worst participant ever. However I started a hat to match the sweater.
(It really is a hat although it looks like a plate.)
Probably part of the reason why I am lacking in NaKniSweMo progress is because I spend a lot of time online. I spent a lot of time laughing at this and this. I am easily distracted.
Dee: A dear friend is welcoming her first grandchild this month around Halloween. I designed this sweet little hat for her little pumpkin to wear on the way home from the hospital.
Lil’ Punkin’ Hat
Size: around 6 months
- 100 yards of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in orange.
- small amount of brown worsted weight yarn
- US size 6 needles in both a 16-inch circular and dpns
- stitch marker
Cast on 72 stitches. Join in the round and knit 5 rows in stockinette stitch.
On round 6 begin pattern (K8, P1)* repeating round until hat measures 4.5-inches from cast on edge.
Row 1: (K2tog, k4, ssk , p1)*
Row 2: (k2tog, k2, ssk, p1)*
Row 3: (k2tog, ssk, p1)*
Row 4: (k2tog, p1)*
Row 5: (k2tog)* 8 stitches remain at the end of row. Break orange yarn and begin using brown yarn. You can begin knitting as you would an I-cord.
Rows 6-9: Using brown yarn. Knit 4 rows.
Row 10: (K2tog, k1)* repeat twice, k2tog. 5 stitches remain.
Rows 11-13: Knit.
Row 14: K2tog twice, k1. 3 stitches remain.
Row 15-16: knit
Row 17: Cast off remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
Dee: Autumn is the season when a frost first hits in the air, when the leaves begin to change and knitters everywhere begin nesting and knitting with one another more than any other time of the year. Every fall I make the pilgrimage to Marshfield, Wisconsin. Two of the reasons I do, are to knit with these two women Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen.
This year the workshop focused on woolen sweaters knit in the Guernsey way. The fishermen of Guernsey wear traditional Guernsey sweaters knit in off white and a dark navy, yet they are not wearing knit hats. Many of the historical pictures show the men wearing a traditional fisherman’s cap atop their heads. Since I wanted to knit a hat, I had to adapt. By combining ideas and charts from multiple sources I came up with this lovely little knit hat and my October entry for hat of the month.
The trek to Marshfield was extra special fun this year with Desiree flying into Chicago and traveling with Jodee and I up to Wisconsin. Along the way, we hooked up with Sylvia, Ruth, and Amy at KnitCircus in Madison.
We all stopped for lunch at La Baguette in Madison where I ordered my usual fare, tuna on ciabatta…and a pumpkin tart of course!
There are so many delightful sights in Marshfield, Wisconsin…this is just one of them.