Two Finished Hats!

I’m knitting hats at the moment. I don’t have enough hats and I’m never mad about store ones, so now I’ve knit two with another on the needles. Two weeks ago (pre-Recruitment) I finished the Fisherman’s Beanie, from Rowan Coast Book:

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. The hat fits really well, a bit big. It knit flat, but I got tired of that quite quickly and decided to join it. It moved much more quickly after that. I love that bit on a hat when you get to the decreases and think you’re almost done. Two hours later…. (Details of yarn and such here)

finished ribbed hat

The next hat, my project for the week of sorority recruitment and this week was this Burgundy Ribbed Hat that I knit out of some gorgeous hand-dyed I got at iKnit. The yarn was thinner than I thought, but I swatched, cast on 112 stitches and went. I even figured out the decreases on my own. I love it. If you look carefully at that picture you can see my new piercing. My cartilage came out over the summer so Mom took me to get it redo Friday. (Hat details here)

Now I’m working on Straun, by Ysolda. I’ve done the nifty Invisible Cast-On and am increasing.

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FO: Pink and Blue Socks

I think I’m finally in love with sock knitting. They fit. They’re pretty. Did I mention that they fit?I knit the top of the cuff, the last three rounds or so, with size eight needles, to keep them from being too tight. And they’re perfect. They’re Fortissma Sock, details hereIMGP1893I started them in January, but only just finished them thanks to the wonder that is higher education. And papers. But I was determined not to be on the same project that I was one at Christmas during Spring Break, so when I took a cab up to the post office yesterday, I spent five hours at the nearby Starbucks listening to podcasts. I came out with socks!  IMGP1885They’re toe-up (of course) with a heel flap, which in my opinion is the best of both worlds.Look, this one fits too:IMGP1894It’s so nice to have an FO. I must admit I love my mostly monogamous knitting ( I have a charity hat that I work on at knitting club), but it is nice to be done with something and move on.And move on I shall since I have next to no homework this weekend. It’s all during spring break :(

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FO: Hermione’s Cable and Bobble Hat

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From Charmed Knits .
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I love this hat so much. I’ve worn it nearly every day since it got cold here, and I adore it. It’s a little big; and I have to fold the brim up twice, or else this happens:P1120318
but I still love it. Made in Cascade 220 that I bought at the Purly Gates closing sale last year. It once going to be fuzzy feet, but changed its mind. So now I have an extra ball in the stash that I need to do something with.Needles as prescribed in the pattern, no mods to speak of.
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Happy Times and an FO

The hat still needs pictures, but on the way home from school I finished this:
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It’s Rowan Cotton, and it started out as Quant from Knitty, but the drape wasn’t right. I kept the i-cord and the triangle increase and decrease and then just garter stitched the rest. Worked nicely. I may make my sister one for Christmas out of the leftover yarn

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I’m home for Christmas, and it’s fantastic. The last few weeks were full of drama, both over classes and friends. To put it in knitting terms, the hat I was working on since Thanksgiving and was only about a quarter done, was finished in two days of having nothing to do.

It’s funny, normally on holidays my family drives me nuts, but so far so good and I’ve encountered most of them. My sister moved today, from the low-income housing the mental health facility had her living in to a nicer duplex across town. We drove off to help her and mom and my brother loaded all of her bags and boxes and the washer-dryer into Brother’s trailer. Helping, were a guy named Jonathon who had on a Superman shirt, and six little kids playing in the parking lot.

My brother is a boat captain, who has a huge-ass pick-up truck and listens to country music. He has a six year old, who’s too smart for his breeches (that’s a technical term).

We went and saw my nana, who’s gotten so she doesn’t want to leave the house (except to go get her hair done every Friday) in her old age (which she often reminds everyone is eighty-two, similar to the Eddie Izzard sketch, which I would link to, but it seems to only be on this cd: Definite Article track 4)  and this is sad, because she was always independent.

Mom is amazing, if a product of her one-town Southern roots. My baby brother wants a puppy from Santa, which is precious. Our house smells like Christmas tree, a rather good feat for our tiny tree.
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Maybe it’s because I don’t want anything but payments on my cards for Christmas…. (I’m definitely going to London and want them paid off from last year). Mom insisted on buying me stuff from Amazon, but that was her call. I’m just happy to be home with my bear nativity in the bathroom:
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And time to read and knit.

I think I want to learn how to double knit socks…. just a thought.

Being home has never been so happy.

FO: Newsboy Cap

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Finished the Newsboy Cap from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Nation. I actually finished knitting it a few weeks ago, but it was not until today that I got the stuff to put in the brim, :-/

It’s Jo Sharp Aran Tweed, received from the Ravelry Summer Cap Swap. It took almost all of my two balls.

I love this! It’s rather floppy and kinda big (oh swatching, why don’t I do thee?), but I like that as I have big hair…. I liked the yarn, although the tweed is thick and sometimes difficult to work with.

I love newsboy caps though, and will possibly knit this again. I’m naming it my pretentious and indie cap, thanks to something one of my sisters said whist I was knitting it!

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FO Jeans Socks!

These socks are knit from the yarn my LJ Secret Pal sent me (thanks Lauren!). They’re knit in Knitty’s toe-up pattern, exactly, but still a little loose in the foot and the heel’s long. I think I’m going to try a backwards flap heel next time. Still, they fit. Poor darlings were so streatched out after I wore them yesterday though!

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 Next up is finishing the scarf I started before Europe, and then swatching for Wicked!

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FO: Lizard Ridge Afghan

Pattern from Knitty Fall 2006

Started: January 2007 Finished August 2007

Pattern Notes/Mods: I love this pattern, and the afghan is gorgeous! One thing I did differently, though, was lay the blocks out so that they flow down instead of across, because the afghan is larger that way. Also, i did a garter stitch edging with mitered corners to make the edge a bit more frame like. I sewed tbe blocks together with mattress stitch (Techniques with Thersea)


What I really love about this pattern is that each block is separate and thus each tells a story. There’s one that I bought at my dad’s in the spring. Three that Mom and I bought before she left me back at school. There’s the one fro m my Secret Pal and the one I was knitting when my friends and I got coffee and knit.

On Ravelry, I have tons of blog entries devoted to this thing, because where ever I went a square went.

(complete yarn details here on Ravelry)

And now it’s done. What’s a girl to do with herself?