Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflecting on 2010

All in all, not a bad year.  Yes there have been some challenges (some still ongoing), but when I think about the bigger picture and what could be, I know that I've got a pretty darn nice life.  Over the Christmas holidays I was fortunate enough to spend time with both my husband's family and my own.  Both visits allow for sitting around, chatting, and catching up.  It is also the perfect time to make a hat and over the past several months I've become very adept at making certain patterns while talking.


What was a bit surprising was that there were family members who were not aware of my challenge and my "need" to make hats.  Needless to say, there was a lot of explaining to do.  I shared Pam's (Halos of Hope founder) story and explained how this blog came about.  I then held brief  show-and-tells because they wanted to see what kind of hats I made.  It was nice that they were interested.


The best part for me - it made me think about all the hats I've made this year.  I decided that although I had started an spreadsheet to keep track of them, it needed to have more details.  I also decided that I wanted to name my hats.  Kind of corny, but fun.  Some of the hat names are obvious (Santa or Cranberry Lace), others I had to think about for a minute or two (Krasniy or Pourpre).  And even though I'm now officially half way through my challenge I have my next already planned.  Making hats for Halos of Hope can be addicting, but it's a good addiction...

Monday, December 27, 2010

December hat #2 - Rudolph Hat


Keeping with the seasonal theme knitting I thought Santa would need Rudolph if the presents would make it to their destinations. The original pattern calls for the hat to be dark brown with tan antlers, but I choose to switch the two around for a lighter look. I really wanted to use googly eyes, but I couldn't get them to stick. The button combo works, but just isn't as fun. Although now that I see the hat worn by Ms. White (my styrofoam head) I think the eyes should have been a bit closer. The other issue is that since it is being modeled I'm afraid it will be too big for most of the children who would be interested in wearing it, even if it is a bit stretched on the form.

The pattern is available for free from Carissa Knits. I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort Hummus for the main hat with Bittersweet (dark brown) antlers and a Pimpernel (red) nose. The hat is knit on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dpn. The antlers, ears and nose are knit on a set of 6 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, kfb, ssk, slip stitch, and K2tog. The antlers and nose were stuffed with polyfil and I used 25mm white buttons w/smaller black buttons from my button box. The placement of the antler, ears, nose, and eyes are probably the most important part of the finishing in order to give the hat its child friendly appeal.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December hat #1 - Santa Hat

I really wanted to make a hat with seasonal flair this month and decided to make a Santa Hat. You know when you have a picture in your head, but you just can't find the right pattern? Well it took some browsing through Ravelry before I finally found a pattern I could adapt. The original was done in camouflage colors with no fur and a very solid looking pom-pom. Needless to say, mine does not look like the original. I like mine better, which is always a matter of opinion. In fact, I liked the hat so much, I decided to keep it. Which meant that I had to duplicate it in order to have a hat to donate. I've never done this before.

The pattern is available for free from MAGINtht. I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort Chalk mixed with white Lion Brand Fun Fur for the ribbing and almost an entire skein of Wild Cherry for the main color. The hat is knit on a 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl and K2tog. Very, very quick and easy to make.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Comfort and Joy


First published in 1827 the Christmas Carol "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" includes the words from my post's title in the chorus. Now that you've sung a few bars I'll tell you that my comfort and joy rests not in song, but in yarn. Berroco Comfort has become one of my favorite yarns (as you can tell by the wide range of colors I've collected). It is soft and easy to work with and is a nice worsted weight that is perfect for many of the hats and caps that I make.

Recently a newer member of the 12 months = 24 hats Ravelry group shared a story about a VIP in her life that was just beginning her chemotherapy treatment and her VIP's reaction to receiving a cap. This made me thing about previous stories I've heard and the mixed feelings I have each time I hear one. On one hand, my heart goes out to the individuals touched by cancer. I've even cried a time or two (which is always difficult to explain to my husband as to why I'm crying about someone I've never met). Yet on the other hand, I receive such energy from the stories I hear. It reminds me of my purpose and it re-motivates me to continue making hats and caps.

Which brings me back to the topic of Comfort and Joy. My mom recently told me that I was spending too much money on the yarn for all these hats. Maybe I am. However, when I think of what I'm doing with the yarn I don't want to use something cheap and ugly. I want to use yarn that will create a hat that I would want to wear. So pardon me while I steal some words from American Express.

Yarn bought, $6.25....Time spent, several hours...The joy brought to the hat's recipient - priceless!



Saturday, November 27, 2010

To be thankful

I have so much to be thankful for. Family. Friends. A well paying and steady job for both my husband and myself. Two wonderful children. And the health of those I hold dear.

Sometime last year I watched the movie "Julie & Julia" and, being the geek that I am, was intrigued with the idea of blogging about a project. However, I also know enough about myself that I'm a terrible blogger. I've tried, a couple of times already and have never kept it up. I come up with topics and think about writing while driving, in the shower, etc, but never end up actually inputting them.

Fast forward several months to Spring of this year, I met Pam Haschke, Founder of Halos of Hope. I was touched by her story, but mostly I was touched by her attitude and spirit. I thought I'd make a hat. And then I made another, and another. Then I thought, why not set a goal? Make two hats a month, seemed doable enough.

I then thought I'd start a group on Ravelry, I thought simply ”I’m doing this challenge maybe I could inspire someone to join me.” I was thinking along the lines of the old Herbal Essence shampoo commercials (if I tell two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on…). I thought if there were a couple more hats made for Halos of Hope or another cancer center I would feel really good about doing just that little bit more.

What I didn’t count on was the bucket loads of inspiration that I receive back from the wonderful conversations with an amazing group of women. We share stories, post 'show-and-tell' pictures, and add pattern links. There are several in the group that create far more than two hats a month and they've pushed me (unknowingly) to do more. I have already completed the 24 hats I had planned for the entire project. How awesome is that!

I'm very thankful for my project. While making hats doesn't make me a better person, it does allow me to find a better part within myself to share with others.


Monday, November 15, 2010

November hat #2 - One Day Beret


Not actually finished in one day so the name is a bit misleading, but it was a rather easy and quick hat to make. Once I made it past the first couple of rows that is. It was my first top down knitted hat and I had quite the time maneuvering the needles at the beginning. The pattern calls for placing markers straight away, but I found that it was much easier placing them during the second row.

The pattern is available for free from Through the Loops. I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort Berry Mix multicolor yarn. The hat is knit on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, Kf&b, and K2tog. I love the look of the coloring and the slouchiness of the hat. I'm sure I'll pick up some more of the multicolored Comfort and make a few more of these in the future.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fun with Fall

Even though I love this hat I always feel it needs a little something more if I do it up with only a solid color. To make this fall version I used a nice browny orange Comfort called Filbert. Added a couple of extra rows of sc for added length. I then purchased some hand died wool to make the fun little flower.

November hat #1 - Scrap Happy Celebration Hat

What a fun hat, and why didn't I think of it? It was easy, relatively quick (as quick as stockinette in the round can go) and it was fun to pick out the colors. Not that you can really tell in this photo, but there are five different colors. The fifth color is this little circle at the top. Oops...that's what I get for thinking I needed to make a change to the pattern. The pattern is designed for a child's hat with directions on how to increase the size for adults. Silly me, I thought I'd also need to increase the number of rows of each color from measuring 1.5" to about 1.75". If I'd follow the pattern the last color would have been proportional to the other four. Oh well...

The pattern is available on cosymakes.com. I used my favorite yarn, Berrocco Comfort in Filbert, Pimpernel, Barley, Goldenrod, and that little circle of Pumpkin. The hat is knit on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog. I love the colors and this pattern offers soooo many possibilities.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Needle friendships

It has now been four months since I began my little challenge, two hats a month for a whole year. So far - better than good. Each month I've completed a bit more than two (July=3, August=5, September=6, October=5) and have finished 19 hats in all during the first four months. Not too bad. Although I've done well in my challenge, I find the best part is not so much the hat count, but the wonderful "needle friendships" I'm developing on Ravelry.

There are many women who have also taken up the challenge to create hats/caps for either Halos of Hope or their local charity. Together we: share patterns; Oohh and aahh over each other's finished projects; help a college student earn a scholarship; and offer suggestions and advice. We also find ourselves emotionally moved by the personal stories of how cancer has touched their lives.

These are threads that bind women with needles together in friendship.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October hat #2 - Banded Stockinette Cap

Not that this was my original idea, but since pink is almost everywhere in October it was a "duhh" moment when I realized that my hats should also be pink. I needed to whip up a couple of really quick pink hats. Of course I did a Shells and Trellis in some Comfort stash, but then I also purchased this really soft magenta yarn that was calling to me at my LYS.

Originally this was supposed to be a Button Tab hat, but then when I got to the point of binding off for the tab I realized I knit the band in the round and not flat. Oops! I also forgot to knit a round between the decreases, which gives the hat it's squished look. Therefore, this became a basic hat with my own "design elements" (isn't that what we call our mistakes?) For previous Button Tab hats, I've always done a ribbed band, and thought I'd try a seed stitch for this one, which gives the cap a much chunkier band. Then because I wasn't binding off the extra stitches I had cast on for the tab I needed to add an extra row of decreases. I used a 1.5 skeins of Linie 252 Paloma Soft yarn in Magenta. The hat is knit on a 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October hat #1 - Houndstooth Cap

My first men's cap. I would imagine most people making chemo hats and caps typically make them for women. Thinking of soft or vibrant colors, pretty ribbon trims, and fun embellishments or fancy stitches. Most of us are probably women and we tend to make what we ourselves would want to wear. I always tell myself when I make a cap that comes out a bit too small, that there is a young person going through treatment that will be happy to have it. But again, all of the young people I've imagined are girls. What about the boys? Although I know many men who shave their heads (either because they like the look or to finish what age has started), would young boys be so comfortable without hair? I have to say, I never really gave it much thought before I started this project. And I've certainly thought more about this question during the past week. Maybe men's caps will be next year's challenge.

The pattern is available in the Chemo Caps & Wraps book by Annie's Attic. I used my favorite yarn, Berrocco Comfort in Chalk, Liquorice, and Dusk. (fancy names for white, black and gray) The hat is crocheted on a I hook. Stitches used are chain, sc and sl st. As a novice crocheter, the pattern didn't make sense to me, so after row 85 I whipstitched the cap together and then worked the brim in the round.




Saturday, October 2, 2010

My first, almost, personal delivery

At a recent school event I noticed one of my student's mom wearing a cotton turban. After a few inquiries I learned she has indeed been touched by cancer. Nothing against cotton turbans, but they are not very fashionable, and since hats are my "thing" I thought I should provide her with a few. So I spent the next week making up some of my favorites: the Shells & Trellis, the Button-Tab Knit Hat, and the Cotton Sun Hat. Adding to that Pam, Halos of Hope, still had the Foaming Waves and Eyelet hats I had donated. She kindly returned them so that I may include them in the gift bag I put together. You'll notice the Halos of Hope tag in the picture. (Each hat that Halos sends out is tagged to offer a bit of encouragement, let the recipient know the hat is hand-made by a volunteer, and provide contact information.)

I say that this was an 'almost' personal delivery as I am left the gift bag with someone else to delivery. I know the women receiving the hats is very private and I wanted to allow her the opportunity to maintain that. My joy comes each time I make a hat, with every stitch I make and each donation I make.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

September hat #3 - Button-Tab Knit Hat
















Even though I have made this hat previously, I haven't made it as one of my monthly challenge hats, so I thought I'd count it as a September hat and add the pattern link. It knits up quickly and you can use any number of color combinations. The pattern also offers suggestions for brim variations if you want different looks.

The pattern is available for free at i-like-lemons.blogspot.com. I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort Security Blanket multicolor yarn and some stash in Cadet for the brim. The hat is knit on a 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog. This is one of my favorite patterns.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Congratulations Halos of Hope

This past week my LYS held a special book signing event for the release of Annie's Attic Chemo Caps and Wraps. This all crochet pattern book features 29 patterns modeled by someone who is either a cancer survivor or has had a family member touched by the disease. Although the book has some wonderful patterns and beautiful color photographs, the best part of the book is that a portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to Halos of Hope.

Although I have only known Halos of Hope founder and cancer survivor, Pam Haschke, for a short while, I am in awe of the work she has done. She took her personal experience and reached out to make life better for others. I suspect that the publicity generated by Pam's story (which is included in the book) will expand Halos network of volunteers around the country and they will continue to grow. Allowing them to meet their ever increasing requests for hats/caps. While I am only a small contributor, I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization and an amazing individual. Congratulations Pam!

September hat #2 - Le Rosette un Bleu




















So not really a new hat pattern. This is the Shells and Trellis pattern, which has quickly become my favorite hat to whip up when I feel the need to finish a hat in a hurry. What makes THIS hat my second hat for the month is the rosette that I learned how to make. One of my fellow Ravelry friends made one and I fell in love with the idea. Eileen was kind enough to post the directions, which can also be found on the Lion Brand Yarn website.

The hat used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort in Grape Jelly and a H hook. I thought is was just a bit short so I added a final row of sc for added length. Because the flower pattern is adaptable to many yarn weights and gauge is not really necessary for an embellishment piece (or at least it isn't for me). I stayed with the Comfort yarn and used some leftover yarn in Pumpkin and Pot-Au-Feu (multi-colored). I made the medium rosette, chaining 35 out of the multicolored yarn, and then repeated it again making a separate piece out of the Pumpkin. Stitches used for both hat and rosette are dc, sc, and sl st.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

September hat #1 - Fuzzy Pink Twins
















I can't believe it is already the 12th of September, and with this late date I've become "one of those kind of bloggers". When I started this project blog I told myself, that timely blogging was essential. So then what happens as soon as school starts and I got busy? I didn't take the time to write a blog post for a hat I finished on the 6th! Although I can not promise to be a better blogger I will try. Now to remedy my tardiness.

I wanted to whip up a quick, yet "fun" hat and thought I'd use some of the bargain yarn I purchased at Stitches Midwest. Personally, I really don't like this type of yarn (which I thought was a fun fur but have since been told it is a boa), but I can almost guarantee that some young girl will like not only the pink color, but the fuzzy aspect of it as well.

The pattern is available for free at headhuggers.org. Although this is an adult pattern I wanted to make my hat for a young girl. The pattern calls for a size 9 needle, I used a size 8. I used the stitch directions for the small hat size although I only knit 4 inches before starting the decrease. Stitches used are knit and K2tog. The hat could not be easier (which is why I made two). The challenge for me was working with this silly yarn. I was sooo close to finishing and dropped a stitch. Which of course I couldn't see so I ended up unstitching all the way to a three inch piece before I had all the stitches accounted for again. But, I figured it was actually quicker than frogging the whole thing and starting over from scratch.

Lesson learned...don't let the dog jump on your lap when working with fuzzy yarn.



Sunday, August 29, 2010

August hat #2 - Eyelet hat
















So, does this look like the black crocheted Fifth Avenue Hat? Your darn right it doesn't. That hat, the one I was working on for most of the month (because for one it is black and therefore hard to see the stitches at night, and for two it is all single crochet), was starting to look like the only one that would be able to wear the hat would be Barbie. So...I frogged the whole thing and looked for a nice quick hat I could whip up in the remaining few days I had left. Now instead of a Barbie hat, I have a hat that looks like an unrippened strawberry. I liked the green on the skein, not so sure I like it made into this hat. However, I know that there is someone out there with a love of all things green who will probably like the color and appreciate the softness.

The pattern is in Knitsimple magazine, Holiday 2008. I used a partial skein of I Love This Cotton in #258 Pistache. The hat is knit on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dp. The pattern comes with three sizes and I choose to knit the large. Stitches used are knit, purl, yo, and K2tog. The pattern repeat was super simple and I did not need to refer often to the directions which makes it a good hat to make while watching TV.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stitches Midwest

This past Saturday I had the pleasure to once again help Halos of Hope raise awareness about their charity. And did we talk, as I met so many nice needle folk. Many of whom were already doing some type of charity work but loved the work Halos is doing and were interested in helping. I even met Jodie, who gave me an idea for one of my December hats.

Not only did we hand out free patterns and talk about Halos, we were also able to introduce everyone to the new Annie's Attic
Chemo Caps & Wraps. Scheduled for a September release date, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Halos of Hope. I for one can not wait. There are plans for a book release party at my LYS, Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns. I believe on September 15th. If you'd like to learn more about Halos of Hope or get your hands on the book, plan on joining us.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Baseball with a purpose

Last night I attended the Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field. Not only was it my first professional game in countless years, it was also my first experience at a Stitch N' Pitch.

1. I was surprised by how well I could see the game from our seats in the outfield (although I really didn't watch much of the game).
2. I was shocked (although I shouldn't have been) by the fact that a bottle of water was over four dollars.
3. It was incredibly hot.
4. I became obsessed with finishing my Shells and Trellis cap.

Yes, I did finish a cap at the game (this explains why I didn't pay attention to the baseball). I actually began the cap at home before we left, worked on it during the 2.5 hour car ride to the field and thought I'd finished it. Then decided it was a bit short and tried to add on another two rows. The eyelash was driving me crazy, it was shedding fuzz all over, and what should have been a quick and easy two rows turned into several innings of hunched over frustration. But...I finished (I think in the bottom of the eighth).

It was FUN. I'd do it again, only without the eyelash!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Looking for a way to help

Since meeting Pam Haschke, Halos of Hope founder, last spring I have become increasingly more personally involved in making caps/hats for donation to her charity. The way I think about how a yarn will work and which pattern to try has worked its way from a deliberate thought process to a more unconscious natural one. And as I've been slowly changing I've been exposing my family to this change along the way. At first, my husband didn't really want to know why I was knitting the caps/hats, he simply didn't want to think about who received them. Now he actually asks if I'm working on another one and is taking an interest in how many I've completed. My son.... well he's an 18 year old boy (enough said). My daughter on the other hand is looking for a way to help.

She doesn't knit, crochet, or sew. We thought perhaps the Kwik-Sew 3173 no-sew pattern would do the trick. Apparently not. She's not happy with her results. I do have to say, they are not as cute as the one I saw at Midwest Fiber (look in the upper right of the photo). I don't think it is her construction technique, but her choices of fleece. We haven't given up on this idea, we just need to make some changes and try again.

However...she's determined to find a different path, one that "feels" right. So last night...crochet lesson #1. We finished the first row of the Shells and Trellis hat. Be still my heart.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August hat #1 - Shells and Trellis
















Technically, this post should be titled August hats #1 & 2, but since they are the same hat I felt they should really only count as my first for the month. Actually, they're not the same, it is more like hat #1 and her larger, looser, and better crocheted sister. I used a G hook for the first hat, realized how teeny, tiny it was turning out, and I almost frogged the whole thing, but I decided to go ahead and finish it up (I'm keeping those young girls supplied). I realize I hold my hook tightly, but geez I think its more like a death grip, which is kind of driving me a little nutty, so....I decided to give the hat another go and move up a hook size (a good excuse to use my new H hook). As you can see, although it is still a bit on the small size (after all it fits my little head), it is much nicer and a more respectable donation.

The pattern is available for free at headhuggers.org. For both hats I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort in Seedling and 1 skein of Schoeller and Stahl Batika in color 101 (a fingering weight yarn doubled) . As mentioned the smaller hat is crocheted using a G hook and the larger an H hook, although I wouldn't necessarily use my work as a reliable tension gauge. Stitches used are dc and sl st.

Friday, July 23, 2010

July hat #3 - Lace-Edged Women's Hat
















I hadn't planned on making three hats/cap this month, but I had this one started before I got carried away with the crocheted Cotton Sun Hat, so I thought I'd continue on and finish it. However, that said...again with the lace edging! Again with the knitting, tinking, knitting, tinking, knitting...you get the idea. I finally just gave in and used stitch markers. I should of learned my lesson with the Foaming Waves hat and just used the markers from the beginning, which would have saved me a ton of time.
















Nonetheless, I have a pretty and incredibly soft hat that someone will enjoy. Unfortunately, the picture does not do the color justice.

The pattern is available for free at headhuggers.org. I used 1 skein of a lovely cranberry Ella Rae bamboo silk. The hat is knit on a 16" size 6 circular needle and 1 set of size 6 dp. The pattern comes with three sizes and I choose to knit the medium. Stitches used are knit, yo, sk2p, and K2tog. Once I used the stitch markers the lace-edged went smoothly along and the remainder of the hat worked up quickly.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

July hat #2 - Cotton Sun Hat

















This is my first attempt at a crocheted project. At some point in my youth I must have learned the basic stitches, but I do not recall making using the skill in a project. I was giving serious thought to relearning (or should I say really learning) crochet in order to try some of the hat patterns I've found. Swoop in Pam with a pattern and yarn suggestion and voile, I had a new challenge. I spent the day helping Pam at a local fair (see earlier post) which gave me the opportunity to spend a huge chunk of time crocheting and asking questions. I didn't finish at the fair, but came home and and finished later that evening.

I crocheted WAY too tight. I'll need to go up at least one needle size, if not two, when I make this again. I also think I ended up with way too many stitches since my brim is wavier than the I think it should be. I think it came out kind of cute, even if it is on the tiny side. It will be perfect for a young girl.

The pattern is available for free at Cloudy Crochet. I used one skein of Lily Sugar'n Cream in a purple and green variegated and one skein of Cascade Pima Tencel in lilac. The hat is crocheted with a size F5 hook. Stitches used are sc, hdc, dc, sl st.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Spreading the word
















I had the privilege today to spend the day helping Halos of Hope founder Pam man the booth at the Midwest fiber & Folk Art Fair. What a great way to spread the word about this wonderful charity and the great work that they do. There were a lot of hats/caps on display, even a couple that were non-yarn (notice the adorably cute tied fleece in the upper right corner of the picture!). Many folks stopped by to pick up free pattern, learn more about yarn choice, and drop off hats. As an added bonus I learned how to crochet and almost finished a hat to donate. It was a relaxing way to end the week and I'm looking forward to repeating the experience next month at Stitches Midwest.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yarn overs done over and over again

What is it about a lace pattern with yarn overs and slipped stitches? Is it that they require concentration, precision counting, what? I really want to know since I started my second July hat, a Lace-Edged Women's Hat. This is a free Ravelry pattern but I've linked it on my Pattern Page if you are not a Ravelry member. The pattern was suggested to me by Pam, the founder of Halos of Hope, as a quick and easy hat.

I'm using a wine colored bamboo silk that knits up well, is comfy soft, and a pretty color. Pam started a hat at about the same time, she's almost finished. I haven't made it past the first 12 rows yet. I've knitted about 50 rows, but you can't count them since I was technically re-knitting the first ten over and over again.

I think I have however finally figured out why I start with 90 stitches and grow as I go. I'm not completing the sk2p stitch by passing the slipped stitch over. Simple mistake? Yes, but do I have to keep making it. Can I not just learn and get on with it all ready?

Once I make it past the lace-edged the hat is all straight knitting until the decreases so I just need to pay attention. My goal - to finish this hat by Wednesday. I better use my stitch markers!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July hat #1 - Foaming Waves



Hallelujah...I'm finally finished! Why am I so excited? Because it appears that counting to twelve is more challenging than it used to be. I don't know why, but this cap proved to be more of a headache than a relaxing needle experience. Whatever...it's done and I can move on.

The pattern is available for free at knitmichigan.com. I used 1.5 skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in coral. The cap is knit on a 16" size 5 circular needle and 1 set of size 5 dp. The pattern comes in two sizes - small and medium. I choose the medium. It is a bit long, but I have a small head. Stitches used are knit, yo, SSK, and K2tog. I think the pattern goes quickly if stitch markers are used to keep track of the wave repeats (or at least they helped my skittish brain).

Monday, July 5, 2010

The heck with January

So I've been thinking...I've already decided to start this project, why wait for January? Do I really need six more months to collect patterns and yarn? It's not like I'm going to stop knitting hats/caps in the meantime, so why not just get on with it? So...I begin.

I'm currently working on the cap from hell. For what ever reason this seemingly basic yarn over pattern is proving to be more challenge than it should be. The pattern is actually so simple I'm feeling a bit embarrassed that it is taking me so long and causing me such problems. I've knitting, tinked, re-knitted, frogged, re-knitted, tinked, etc. so many times it's laughable. However, I'm determined to finish. Unfortunately, I spent two days cleaning and moving my daughter so now my hands and fingers are swollen and I can't hold my needles. I will however, finish this hat/cap by Wednesday. That is my goal.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Looking for patterns

I decided to challenge myself by knitting 24 hats in 12 months. Wanting to be orderly about the beginning of the project I don't want to start until January of 2011. Until then I'll be collecting patterns, needles, and ideas.