Friday, January 30, 2015

January 2015 #2 - Coach

Apparently old habit die hard. I've had this hat finished for a couple of weeks, but am only now posting it. Perhaps my new resolution should have been to post in a more timely fashion. Oh well. 

Over the past several years I have been lucky enough to attend XRX's Stitches Midwest events where I have had the good fortune to meet many wonderful fiber artist. I find them to be very gracious and talented individuals and enjoy following their various blogs, podcasts and Facebook posts. It was one such post by Kristin Omdahl that I found this hat.

The Coaches Knit Hat is available free on her website. I made the Worsted Version using Berroco Comfort in Wild Raspberry Heather on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl and ssk. I used the Old Norwegian cast-on to allow for a stretchier edge and the pattern just flew off the needles. I thought the decreases were very clever, which always make me wonder how people think of this stuff. LOL. The pattern is also available in a bulky version on the website which I might knit up next.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January #1 2015 - Earth

When I started this project almost five years ago, one of my goals was to make it easier for someone making a hat for charity to find a wide range of patterns. I consider this goal fairly accomplished, but not necessary to move forward with anymore. Especially since there are other places that are far more comprehensive and organized to find great patterns, such as SandyHam's Chemo Cap Pattern Library on Ravelry and of course a quick browse through Pinterest. (but then no browse through Pinterest is ever quick, LOL)

Therefore, I'm shifting the bulk of my focus this year to using only yarn from my stash. No new yarn purchases. I found that I would get so caught up wanting to do a particular pattern and spending my precious time trying to make my stash work, only to become frustrated and ending up buying new yarn to make the pattern. I need to select a yarn and then find a pattern that will be appropriate. Hopefully this new strategy will finally allow me a bit of personal knitting time. After all, we all should have a bit of that.

My first hat of the new year was knit with some yarn that had been donated. It is An Unoriginal Hat Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and available for free on her website. I used almost all of the two skeins I had of Tahki Yarns Taos in #1 Brown Green on a size 10.5 16" circular needle and a set of 10.5 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, p2tog, and two different cable stitches. It was quick, it was easy. I will most likely make this again.