The Time Has Come!

The Call Box Hat is live! Get your copy of the pattern from Knotions Magazine, find your worsted weight yarn, and get knitting! Winter is coming.

The Call Box Hat is available in only one size (21”/ 53cm unstretched), but it is very stretchy and should fit most adult and teen heads. It is easy to knit – using only knit, purl, and directional decreases. The contrasting brim is a great way to use some worsted weight leftovers, but you will need a little more than a full skein of yarn for the main color.

Wait For It…

folded hat

In 2011 one of my best friends introduced me to Doctor Who. We were on a choir tour, so we had a lot of time to kill on the bus from one location to the next. She had downloaded a bunch of episodes to her computer, and we binge watched our way from state to state. Doctor Who quickly became one of my favourite things. I didn’t know how to knit then, but after I learned I wanted a TARDIS hat. The only problem was that I didn’t really like any of the patterns I saw online. What’s a knitter to do? Make her own pattern, that’s what!

I knit the original Call Box Hat around Christmas of 2014. It fit pretty well, but it was too loose of a gauge for me and the wind would blow through it. I still loved it, despite it’s shortcomings, and I was very sad this past winter to find that I had somehow lost it. I decided to replace it with a better version of itself. I swatched and reworked my charts to make a better, more windproof hat. You might remember a few months ago when I finished this beauty.

Well, the time has finally come. It is being published in Knotions Magazine this Saturday, September 30! You can see the preview here. I’m so excited!

Fingerless Gloves Shouldn’t Take This Long

I’ve been working on another design, this time for fingerless gloves. They are knit with fingering weight yarn and US 3 (3.25 mm) needles. I started the first glove September 8, according to Ravelry.

glove

Of course the first glove was not quite right. So I had to knit a second first glove. I finished it last night and I think it is just about perfect. So now I am racing to the finish line, trying to knit the first second glove before the end of the month. Why the rush, you ask? The gloves have already been accepted by Knotions Magazine for their December issue. Squeee!

Note to Self: Next Time Spin More

I hoped to show you a finished skein of yarn today, but I overestimated the length of my 3rd ply.

Maybe I should start at the beginning.

skywool

I bought this Merino Top on a trip to see my family. I love how it looks like the sky. It reminds me of the wallpaper in Toy Story, and thus, of my childhood.

spinning

I started spinning it around the same time I started making gnomes. Bigols was so excited about it! I wanted to make a 3-ply yarn, but I didn’t want to divide the roving in 3 pieces and risk wasting some of my precious fiber (This is the trap I always fall into. I need to start realizing that it is just wool and there will always be more). I decided to spin all the blue as one yarn, then spin some undyed BFL separately. I would cake the blue singles and spin both ends together with the BFL to make a 3 ply. This would also stretch the yardage I would get from my “SkyWool.”

ballwinder

On Sunday I finished spinning the blue. Happy day! I immediately started on the BFL and hurt my wrist by spinning too much. Oops.

ready to ply

Over the last few days I’ve worked on the BFL a little bit at a time. Last night I thought that maybe I had enough.

in progress

The yarn is plying up quite nicely. I want it to be quite plump, so after I finish plying I may run it through my wheel again to add a little more twist.

The only problem is, I ran out of BFL.

Note to self: Next time spin more.

Glove Love

Several weeks ago my husband came into the yarn store with me and bought some Viking of Norway yarn. With his own money. Can we just stop and savor that for a moment ?

viking Raggen

He told me he wanted half-finger gloves. I can do that (I used this pattern). I knit the whole first glove in one day (it was my day off), and the second glove only took me 2 more days to make. I call that a fast project.

finished gloves

He calls them hobo gloves, but I keep reminding him that most hobos don’t wear handknits.

rawr

I guess he’s a Viking Hobo now.

Our Visit to Biltmore House

Biltmore Facade

For our anniversary my husband and I visited Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. We started by touring the gardens, and, Oh! They were beautiful!

garden1

fish

bridge

crazy tree

painting the roses red

There was even a space set up for a wedding!

venue

The following morning we toured the house. Talk about grand! The house is enormous and preserved incredibly well.

Piano

Please can I have this library?

library

I’d also love this kitchen! All those copper pots and pans….

copper pots

And the ceilings are simply gorgeous!

As you can see, we had a marvelous time!