I haven't blogged much lately because of Ravelry, Holiday malaise, sinus headaches (ouch!), and mostly laziness.
The Beer Gloves from Son of Stitch N Bitch are all done!
I'm glad he likes them so much, and once I got over the ladder drama with magic loop, they are pretty easy to make, and I like the yarn a lot. I'm planning on a pair for myself with some magenta Jo Sharp Silkroad DK.
It's Donovan not Donnie!
My nephew, Donovan, my sister and BIL came down for a visit the other weekend. He loved his hat even though it's a little big and even asked for a scarf.
Here we are together. I'm wearing my Ella Beret from Hip Knit Hats. Donovan is six years old and a very sweet child. He likes to be called Little D, Don, or Donovan, but I called him Donnie just to annoy him.
I have some Muench Touch Me in stash from my LYS's big sale a few months ago. The pattern was fast and easy, and I gifted them to a friend.
It's a great book, and more flowers are on the way.
Cool A#$ Hat
I also got into making the Koolhaas hat. It's one of the hottest projects on Ravlery, a very clever pattern, and the second Jared creation that I've knitted (Cobblestone was the first).
Here's my first hat.
From the ashes of my first failed Beer Gloves effort, a hat emerges. There's a lot of cabling in the hat, and although it would probably be easier to learn to cable without a needle, I don't mind using it so much.
Oddly enough, it's my first time working with Cascade 220. I snagged it from Purls Yarn Emporium in Asheville and got some more from Island Knits in Pawleys Island. It's nice to work with.
You know, there's gotta be another hat.
I'm so on a roll with projects for Patrick. This Koolhaas is with Dream in Color Classy in Cocoa Kiss. The color is rich and masculine, but I don't find it boring to knit. It doesn't pool or flash, and it's works up in pattern very nicely.
The Beer Gloves from the new Son of Stitch N Bitch was the one the the first patterns that I wanted to make for Patrick. He's wanted partial fingered gloves for a while, and this pattern appealed to me early.
The pattern is written for two circulars. I reworked it for dpns with some Cascade 220.
Ugh! I got ladders where the dpns meet. I don't get this with knit, but I purl looser. Also, I read the palm portion incorrectly, and picked up the stitches along the thumb wrong.
Gee whiz! Can it really be December? Nevertheless, HK is always in season.
Time Change Blues
I know it's been weeks since the time moved back an hour, but I'm having a hard time with it this year. It just seems to get darker earlier than previous years. I hate driving home from work in near darkness (at 5:00pm), and I can't take blog photos like I want. The worst is that I just want to go to sleep as soon as I get home from work, and I don't knit or crochet as much as I'd like or do much else.
Forget being in the holiday spirit just yet as well.
Oh, and I spend way too much time on Ravelry, of course. Pat and I just started a group, Urban Legends Fiber Fanatics. If you are interested in ULs, and are a Ravelry member, come join us.
Hat Fever-- Catch It!
Even with the blahs, I've have some FOs, and they're all hats. I seem to go through a hat phase every year. I'm just riding through this one as the mood strikes me.
Here's my Boot Camp Beret
I love a beret. This one is the Purl Beret, and it's something neat to make with fingering weight yarn other than socks. This is my first time using Claudia's Handpaint yarn in the Boot Camp colorway, and I really, really like the yarn.
More of these quick, easy berets are in my future. I have some fingering weight Alpaca that may work for my next one.
I fell in love with Yarn Harlot's An Unoriginal Hat as soon as I saw in on Ravelry. I'm not so much a big yarn/big needle knitter or crocheter, but this hat is super fast, easy, and cute.
I made my first one in a day.
This is in Malabrigo Chunky--Pearl Colorway. I added an "Unoriginal PomPom" just for kicks.
I knitted the second one in just over two hours this morning.
I used some Rowan Big Wool that I brought from another blogger's stash sale earlier this year. I think it was Allegra. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
It makes for a nice warm hat. I probably won't get a lot of use out of it here in Charleston. In fact, it's over 70 degrees today, which made for some hot modeling shots, but this hat is the answer if you want to knit some quickly.
Son of Stitch N Bitch
There's a new SNB book out, Son of Stitch and Bitch. This one has projects for men. Warningto those whocrochet only--there are only four crochet projects out of 45 total, but they are nice ones.
This is one of them, Lidsville.
It's also on the cute guy on the cover of the book with Debbie. I started it the other day, and just need to work on a few more pieces. I think Pat will like it.
Isn't this sweater neat? This was Pat's favorite from the book.
This is the Gatsby sweater, one of the nicest crocheted sweaters I've seen. Alas, it call for 21 skeins of Rowan Cashwool DK, so the price of that is prohibitive, but I have some good yarn subs in mind.
I really like these socks.
These are Treads, and they are so crying, yes crying out for some Claudia's Hainpaint that I saw in black.
These are the Beer Gloves.
Pat's wanted some fingerless gloves for awhile, but manly looking ones, and these fit the bill. They even have seed stitch palms for grip.
I think the Cascade 220 I brought in Asheville will do the trick.
Now to watch more football and work on something else. It's the next to last weel of the regular season of Fantasy Football. I have done okay so far with a 9 and 3 record, but Larry Fitzgerald is out today, so I'll probably get beaten this week.
Even so, I'm having fun, and will have a winning record overall,and the Carolina Panthers won their first home game today.