Hat, Completed

It’s been a few weeks since I cast off this hat.

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I wore it once, tucking the ends under it before I decided I really should weave them in a bit. Another wear and it was blocked. It’s been a warm winter; I suppose I haven’t been in any hurry.

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Pattern: Monkey Bread Hat by Anne Hanson (Knitspot)
Yarn: Great Northern Yarns 70% Mink 30% cashmere yarn
Needle: US 4 & 7 (3.5 & 4.5 mm)
Modifications: none
Size: L. After knitting about half of a S. There’s been a lot of re-knitting this winter. And after wearing it once, I think I actually need a M, which isn’t an option, of course. Unless there’s some way to make half of a cable…

The mink-cashmere is absolutely lovely—lovely to knit with, lovely to pet, a lovely bloom on blocking (or ripping and reknitting and ripping and reknitting—let’s just say we’ve had some gauge issues, shall we?)—and terribly warm. Terribly. The one truly cold day this winter of course also had snow AND of course I had to go out, which meant shoveling the drive while the temperature was about 5 F. Maybe less. I ended up taking the hat off, I was so warm. I have high hopes that the mittens (when eventually finished) will be the first pair I’ve owned that actually keep my hands warm….

There were a couple knots in the yarn, but it breaks so easily (I haven’t had to cut it at all) that I’m not surprised. I’m only ticked at myself that I didn’t remember to use a Russian join before  I finished the hat.

Oh, did you want to see my hat modeling assistant?
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First Snow

You can probably tell I’m from the northern US if I say that it doesn’t feel like it can possibly be time for Christmas if we haven’t had any snow yet. Granted, we don’t usually have an actual “White Christmas,” but there’s usually been at least a little snowfall in the weeks leading up to December 25th.

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But this year we’ve seen nothing. Further west, further north, further east (even further south) they’ve had snow, but not us. Not until today. Now it finally feels like the holiday season!

Of course, to be fair, I’m not really ready for cold snowy weather this year. So it’s been fortunate that there’s been a delay. My gloves finally wore out on me at the end of last season, and the coat I bought last year desperately needs a hat to go with it. I mentioned previously that I was going to knit up a complete winter set, but so far, this is all the further I’ve gotten:

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I guess it’s good that it’s a cold snowy day—the perfect excuse to curl up in a comfy chair and knit!

a little warmer

thank you for the kind words about my snowflakes! i still need to make some more, but i’ve been too busy concentrating on my knitting. much to my dad’s relief – i finished his hat!

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pattern: a basic bottom up hat; i did look at world’s warmest hat (which i found on ravelry) as a guide
yarn: cascade 220 superwash (#813) and pima tencel (#0499)
needles: size 6 us (4.25 mm)

nothing terribly exciting. which was one of the reasons i wanted it finished. the facts that we’ve now hit cold winter weather and my dad walks to work (about 2 miles / 3.2 km) also were a consideration. there’s now a dusting of snow on the ground, with more forecast for tonight and the temperatures have been below freezing for the last few days. which is ok in decemeber – i like a white christmas – but i’m sure i’ll be sick of the cold gray weather by the end of january!

i haven’t made a terrible ton of progress on knitting in the past week or two, despite time off work for the thanksgiving holiday…primarily because of these:

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tatted snowflakes. my grandma taught me to tat ages ago, but i haven’t really done much with it since. but i wanted snowflakes for christmas decorations, and while looking for patterns (initially i was thinking crochet), i found a simple tatted snowflake pattern. which led me to search for other patterns. the small snowflakes come from an old mc’call’s needlework magazine my mom has and the larger snowflakes are from tatting patterns and designs, which i borrowed from my grandma. the round one in the lower left actually has an opps! – apparently i can’t count and did 9 repeats instead of 8.

i haven’t completely neglected my knitting, though. my dad’s hat is just past the half-way point and i hope to finish this week.

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however, i have a major distraction.

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from blue moon fiber arts, laci in the korppi colorway, arrived on saturday. it’s a 100% merino laceweight and wonderfully soft. almost so soft i didn’t want to wind it up. however, irtfa’a was calling.

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i’ve only just started on the edging, and i can’t wait to do more. i’ve loved all of anne’s patterns that i’ve attempted thus far, and this one is so gorgeous (although, i have to admit, the pretty yarn did it’s fair share of selling the pattern!) that i had to start it right away. other knitting? what other knitting?!