Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 2012 #2 - Golden Stripes

When I was looking for a new pattern I was struck by the beauty of the yarn used for this hat. Of course because I rarely use wool in my hats for Halos of Hope, (not that you couldn't, I just choose not to), I went instead with my favorite soft yarn, Berroco Comfort. Which, let's face it, just doesn't have the same subtle coloring as a variegated wool. That said, I find the hat a bit boring and I'm now working on a flower embellishment to add a little zip to brighten it up but I wanted to get my second hat posted for September and I'm not sure I'll be finished with the embellishment tonight.

The pattern is Garter-Ridged Hat and is #31 in the 60 Quick Knits. I used Berroco Comfort in Lidfors with the garter ridges in Filbert on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, and k2tog. It really doesn't get a whole lot easier that this. I promise to post an update to show off the embellishment as soon as its finished.  I'm thinking of something in felt, most likely with purple flowers.  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's that buzzing?

It's not a forgotten bee trying to get the last of the summer flower's nectar. It's not a chain-saw cutting up wood for a fall fire. No, it's the sound of hair clippers being warmed up for Stitches East. Why you ask? Because three generous and brave souls have put their heads, or at least their hair, on the line to help raise money for my favorite charity, Halos of Hope.

Drew Emborsky (a.k.a. the Crochet Dude ), Benjamin Levisay (CEO of XRX, Inc. & STITCHES Expos), and Mark Moraca (co-owner of Kollage Yarns) have agreed to allow themselves to either be "saved" or "shaved" by fan vote, on stage at Stitches East.

How can you help? Vote! Each $10 vote helps send 31 more hats to patients in need. And if helping send 31 hats wasn't incentive enough, I'm offering an additional bit of goodie. For every vote you cast you'll have the opportunity to win one of two prizes.  For my knitting friends a copy of  Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood by Cathy Carron and a gorgeous skein of hand-dyed superwash yarn from Elgin Knit Works.  For my non-knitting friends I'm offering to knit you a hat of your choice, any color, any yarn, any pattern (your choice).  Of course, whether you knit or not, you may choose either prize option.

Here's the details...Cast your vote on the XRX website and then post a comment letting me know you've done so.  Then indicate which prize would like to win.  It's that simple.  You may enter as often as you care to vote, so think Chicago politics and "Vote early and vote often".

Voting closes on October 13th, so my drawing will take place on October 14th.  Obviously, this is on the honor system, but hey, it's for a good cause, so let's ship some hats!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 2012 #1 - Aster Station

Cleverly knit in-the-round for 3.5" than a simple wrap & turn in order to begin to work backwards. A simple flipping of the work inside out makes it easy to continue working a knit stitch, in-the-round, while creating the purl effect for the remainder of the hat. Although a simple knit stitch the crown has an interesting cross-top in the pattern that I received compliments of Malabrigo while at Stityches Midwest.

The pattern, Station Hat by Alexandra Tinsley, is available for purchase through Ravelry. I used Berroco Comfort in Aster on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, and SSK. I love the easy feel of the hat and the way it fell on my head, giving it a slight slouchy look. I admit, don’t like the way I look in too many hats, but I liked this one enough that I do plan on making another one of these for myself.