Monthly Archives: May 2015

An Alfred Hitchcock Hat…

Dee: I began the month without a planned pattern to knit for my “Hat A Month” project.  I began by surfing my Ravelry queue and thought that I’d give Cross Hat-ch a go since I had the coordinating scarf all made up.  As I began to knit, I realized that I wasn’t going to like the  outcome so instead of progressing I sat and considered my options for fixing the flare created by the cast on with the thick and thin characteristics of the Manos del Uruguay  yarn I was using,   I am definitely frogging this hat to start over.  Perhaps a few rows of reverse stockinette stitch or an applied I-cord would fix the problem? I’m still thinking…

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As the days passed I didn’t want to abandon my May hat project so I poked around in my yarn cave (I’m still quite excited that I now have one) and spied a skein of yarn and crumbled pattern that I had stashed together for when the mood struck.  My mother had sent me the skein of yarn quite some time ago.   She picked it up from one of her famous Tuesday Morning shopping adventures.  Ravelry makes it so easy to match yarn to the perfect pattern.  I happened upon the Vertigo Hat and decided it was a good match.  I chose well…just look how great this came out!

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It only took me two days to complete so it’s a very quick knit.  The hat is knit flat using short rows for the shaping.  The combination of the garter stitch and self-striping yarn made seaming almost invisible to the naked eye.  I do know a few pairs of well trained eyes that could spot it immediately but most knitters would have to give it a closer look. I should pat myself on the back a bit because my seaming skills have improved with age and I have become rather excellent at seaming if I do say so myself.

I love this hat!  Although I would love to keep it, (I have too many and more planned) I have to learn to let go so this is going into the potential gift pile for Christmas.  Anyone smitten?

As I consider my next hat I will probably pick a pattern that requires more attention…stay tuned and Happy Knitting!

Sunny California

Dee:  I’ve just returned from a trip home to California where much fun was had with friends and family.   Although the main focus was to spend time with my mom for Mother’s Day I did squeeze in some quality time with my girlfriends.  Even as the time passes the friendships never change…I love that.   One of my favorite evenings was spent decorating cupcakes and brownie bites for Cyndee’s daughter’s college graduation party.  Since Jenessa earned her degree in biology with an emphasis on botany we decorated the brownie bites with icing cactus and succulents.   Pretty impressive huh?

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The day after I arrived there was a special fiber event at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.   I had been corresponding with one of the owners, Cindy and she told me that Norah Gaughan was in town for a visit.  I adore Norah’s designs so I attended the book signing as well as the meet and greet.  Norah is every bit as lovely as her designs, so my friend Kathryn and I stayed for the better part of the day enjoying this fantastic shop and the wonderful company of knitters.  I purchased an exclusive colorway of Anzula Squishy in Safe Harbour.

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A visit to California would not be complete if I didn’t make a trek over to Claremont.  I love to visit that college town and stop by Phebie’s Needle Art in the historic Packing House building.  There I grabbed another skein of fiber, Llama Sparkle, from local dyer Red Barn Yarn.  There is a bit of a shiny sparkle thread running through this skein of her African Violet colorway.

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When in California do as the Californians do and relax by the pool and enjoy a trip to In-N-Out.

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I haven’t knit a hat yet this month so I need to get on that.  I know I did knit two hats last month…however I consider that second hat a bonus and not my entry for the month of May.  Hmmm… I need to decide quickly, stay tuned and happy knitting!