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Fresh From the Needles Friday: Holiday Hats

October 25, 2013

Hello Dear Readers,

I decided to take a wee break from regaling you all with my adventures in Denver. Instead I thought it might be time to share my triumphs over knitting in the past week.

First up I managed to knock out the “Easter Bunny Commeth” hat, for my mom, for Christmas. I actually finished it right before we left for Denver, but with the traveling and what not I just hadn’t had a chance to post about it yet.

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I am pleased with the way it turned out and the fact that I am not completely blinded by the colors. Since I only used one skein of the yarn,(Knit Picks Felici Sport in Macaroon) I am attempting to figure out what I should do with the remaining skein. I was thinking mittens, so we will have to see if I can brave the colors again. The pattern is a slight modification of the Yarn Harlot’s simple ribbed pattern from December 2005 (yes I go back and reread posts) the tweaks were that I made a point of knitting in the round and thus changing the decreased to fit in with that. Otherwise follow the simple pattern and Bob’s your uncle.

I actually enjoyed the ease of the pattern that I decided to make another one, this time using some stashed Knit Picks Brava Sport in Cobblestone Heather. I picked up two skeins of this color and another in a deep green back in the day and have only just now convinced myself to use it.

Small Aside: There is just something about stash yarn that makes it hard to use, I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but I find myself struggling to actually use the stash yarn. I think it’s the idea that once I use it then it’s gone? Or maybe it’s something along the lines of trying to find that perfect project and fearing that once I do find a project, some other one will come along and be even more perfect.  Anyone else feel that way?

Anyway back to the second holiday hat. This was my first time using the Brava, and while it is crazy soft (softer than any other acrylic I have been contact with before) I discovered darn near right away that the yarn had been knotted. Right near the beginning, which was really disappointing. I have been fortunate in that most of my skeins haven’t had the issues. Luckily I was able to finish the hat with no more issues.

20131022_112307Unfortunately after I finished the hat I came across three knots within a few yards of each other. So I’m a little bummed. Other than that the hat turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. No clear idea on it’s intended owner, so for now it sits in the box with the other waiting to be gifted knitting.

 

Well that’s it for me today, until next time!

 

6 Comments
  1. jennifer permalink

    I totally agree that it is difficult to use favourite yarns because once you have used them you no longer have them. I have sock yarns that I think I will use for my next pair of socks but once I use them I won’t be able to gloat over them, so I don’t use them. Isn’t it silly?

  2. doctordana permalink

    I have a few skeins in my stash that I have just accepted will forever remain unknitted, because I don’t believe I will ever find a pattern that is “good enough” for them! They’re just so lovely to hold and snuggle and dream about.

  3. I totally share that feeling about some yarns in my stash. Last year I bought handpainted yarn at a fibre festival in town (I think I even blogged about it) and although I wanted to knit it up before buying more yarns of the dyer, I simply couldn’t bring myself to do it and thus have bought three(!) more skeins without knowing how well they will hold up … I guess I’ll find out soon. :mrgreen:

  4. I’m using the Brava currently while working on the Hue Shift afghan and I haven’t come across any ties yet but another knitter who is also knitting the afghan found I think three ties in three different skeins. The yarn is surprisingly soft, though. And I’m hoping to not find any ties in mine.

  5. I’m currently knitting with a yarn that looks like the characters from My Little Pony on an acid trip, which is way different from me normally, but I’m learning to love it 😛

  6. Very cute, they look nice and warm. Working on a hat for my daughter, more of a fashion hat. Not too warm for our Minnesota winters. She tends to forego the warm pieces for fashion sake….darn her!!

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