Test Knitters Needed!

I have a friend who knits (well, I have a lot of friends who knit, but this story is about a particular friend). Pam is a lovely person and a great knitter. At the beginning of November she surprised me with the loveliest skein of yarn. A gift of yarn from a dear friend is too precious to be unceremoniously dumped into the stash, so I immediately cast on for a hat. I wanted this hat to be in cozy garter stitch, I didn’t want to sew anything, and I didn’t want that jog you get when knitting garter stitch in the round. So I added a cable. I knit and purled, round and round, and pretty soon I had a pretty perfect hat!

selfie with wood fire

The pattern has been tech edited, and I am looking for testers to knit it up (it would make a great Christmas gift!). If you’re interested, please read the requirements here and reply in the thread.

knit hat with cables

I can’t wait to see all the different versions of this hat!

 

Cables and Garter Stitch

My husband and I moved to a new apartment last week. I know myself well enough to know that when my life is in uproar I need something simple and soothing to knit. One of my knitting friends just gave me the most gorgeous skein of yarn (it’s Ella Rae Lace Merino DK in colour 201), and rather than tossing it into the stash I decided to cast it on right away. Originally I planned to make a Rikke Hat, but I just cannot stand the jog you get when knitting garter stitch in the round. So what is a knitter to do, but design her own hat?

yarn cake

I made a swatch and blocked it before measuring my gauge (Can we just take a moment to discuss how important blocking is? If you plan to wash your knitting ever, you need to wash and block before checking your gauge. Wool reacts to water. Sometimes it grows, sometimes it shrinks. Sometimes there is no noticeable difference. But you don’t know until you block it. Block your swatches, people!). Then I measured my head, calculated the number of stitches I needed, and cast on.

knitting garter stitch in the round with cables

In order to avoid the dreaded garter jog I added a cable to my hat. Simple, effective, and very cute. I can’t wait to wear this thing!

What kind of project is “comfort knitting” for you?

Fibonacci Blanket – Update

I set my Fibonacci Blanket aside a few months ago when I ran out of yarn maddeningly close to the end of the square.

out of yarn

It sat in the naughty corner for a while, until I finally ordered another skein of this colour so I could get on with the knitting. The yarn came in, but the dye lot was more different than I expected. I pulled back a few rows and striped the original yarn with the new dye lot. Learn from my mistake: ALWAYS buy more yarn than you think you need.

dye lot

It’s different, but you don’t notice it too much from a little ways away…

squares

Any guesses what the next colour will be?

The Thing About Big Projects

I have a lot of big projects that I’m working on: A blanket, 2 shawls (both of which have been on the needles for months), my 2nd foray into cables, and I just finished socks. A lot of knitters don’t consider fingering weight socks to be a “big” project (after all, they go on your feet), but I do. And the thing about big projects is that they are hard to take pictures of. Pictures on the needles are bunched up and awkward and inside lighting is usually rubbish. And then it’s hard to show progress in photos without it looking like 20 of the same picture.

So here is me trying. Wish me luck!

lap blanketblanket squares