Monthly Archives: January 2016

January Hat

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.

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Next up…my February hat inspired by a sample at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.  Stay tuned and happy knitting!

My Trip Out West.

Dee: I have a wonderful husband.  I just thought I would throw that out there.  Due to his many years on the road my husband is also my excellent travel agent.  I did benefit from his skills during my recent trip home to California where I visited family and got together with my childhood friends for fun times.  And of course…those fun times included some fiber fun.

On my second night there Kathryn, Cyndee and I made the trek to the Monrovia Street Fair where we encountered the Yarnover Truck.  This was my third time visiting said truck and now it has become a destination point for me whenever I visit.  There I bought six skeins of red discounted Spud and Chloe Sweater.  I see some red hats forthcoming.

Meet Little Debbie!

Meet Little Debbie!

I spent my Sunday watching the Seahawks get trounced by the Panthers with my dear gal pal Susan.  The game’s outcome was not what Susan was hoping for however, misery loves company since I was still smarting slightly because my Packers lost the day before after a very exciting Wildcard game against the Cardinals, so I was in good company. It was Susan’s birthday so I finally made good on my promise to make her one of my leather and bead wrap bracelets.  Susan joked that I waited until we saw one another on her birthday to finally get said bracelet.  She’s right of course….she knows me all too well.

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On my way back to “The Valley” I stopped by Yarn del Sol in Mission Viejo.  It always tickles me that there is an ATM just a few steps from the entrance.  I bought some Rhichard Devrieze Peppino yarn to knit the shawlette pictured below.  Local ladies can snag from of this great stippled yarn at Wool & Co.

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During my the final yarn quest in California I was accompanied by Cyndee and Kathryn (my frequent partners in yarn acquisitions) as we made our way to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.  This is probably one of my favorite yarn shop stops of all time.  I love the staff, the location, the inspiration, and the selection.  I am totally knitting that blue ribbed cowl with some stash yarn.  I bought a discount skein of Liberty Wool in one of their gradient colors and a skein of Malabrigo Rios in natural to knit the Flower Love Fair Isle Tam.  Yeah, I am apparently not over my hat obsession so I’ll continue to knit a hat a month in 2016.

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While on vacation I finished the baby blanket for Mya.

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I see many fiber adventures ahead for me in 2016 most notably a knit a long with Jodee and “Amy Detjen” as we follow her Craftsy class for Sipsey’s Folly.  I’ll continue on with my hat a month challenge,  make my annual pilgrimage to Meg Swansen’s fall knitting workshop, a YarnCon visit, a Stitches Midwest trip, and probably another NaKniSweMo project.  Stay tuned and happy knitting y’all.

A Year’s Worth of Hats

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!

Unfortunate Pooling

   Unfortunate Pooling

Two-Color Violet Waffles

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!