Well the winter has brought inspiration for knitting but we've also been doing a lot of soaking at Hot Springs around Montana, so I haven't been blogging a ton...here is something I just finished last week though. I was intending to make it for Mr. August (Gus - my 2.5 year old) but it ended up being a bit thinner than I'd like when stretched across his little head. So, we're sending it to our sweet baby Clara, we thought she could use a little spring hat. You can see a sneak peek of her in the Checkerboard Scarf post.
Here is the hat still under construction. I decided to make it ribbed again, I just really like the way they stretch. I ended up using some of my Skyline 100% Superwash Merino Wool - sport weight. It called for size 3-5 needles (which is good sock yarn (fingering yarn - I think that is correct?) but I'm not quite there yet) - I was told to attempt about 5 hats before I started on a pair of socks. I think my next project is actually going to be mittens though or maybe some leg warmers. I really heart leg warmers. I used size 6 circular needles to make this hat and finished it off with double pointed size 6 needles like usual. I cast on 80 stitches, but since I was using such tiny yarn and needles it ended up being a bit smaller than I'd anticipated. I just knit two, purled two the whole time. When I decreased I purled two together first, then I decreased two knits together and purled one in between. I finished completely by knitting two together until I could finish the top. This yarn also says to machine wash cold or hand wash, lay flat to dry - just FYI Nicole.
I'll be sure to post a photo of Clara adorning her hat as soon as I get one, in the meantime here is the hat stretched on Gussy's little head.
Just a little taste of what's to come below. We went to Elkhorn Hot Springs this past weekend so I started another hat with some yarn that I got from Loopy. I'm really liking the Ribbed pattern, I sort of created, so I'm going to make a couple more ribbed hats. We enjoyed some tasty bourbon whilst knitting in our cozy cabin, of course this was after playing in the snow all day and soaking in the hot springs. I think this hat will be for me? We'll see.
Yay I'm moving along! It isn't a scarf! So this didn't actually take me very long to knit up. I think I did it over the course of a few evenings (a few movies) and finished up on a weekend. The finishing was the hardest for me as I haven't ever done anything major with decreases, etc. I didn't have a pattern when I started but then ended up finding a knitted cap pattern which was very helpful for the decreases at the end. This was for my sweet little August. I let him choose his wool himself and then I added one extra stripe. This is also the first time I've switched colors while knitting. I have run out of yarn mid-project and had to start a new skein but this time it was all intentional (as I hope you can tell).
I found the pattern in a book that I checked out at the library (another great way to get free patterns).
I used Patons Classic Wool for this particular project. It is a yarn that needs to be hand washed but is great for felting. The main color used was Cognac Heather. It said to knit it up using size 7 needles but I used size 6 circular needles for this project. It was my first time using circular needles and I love them! I wish you could finish the entire hat without switching to double pointed needles but it was a good first time experience for me. I guess most of you reading this probably know that you just knit the entire hat to make it roll this way, so no purling required. I think I started with 76 cast ons. I should write it down because I forget so easily. Since it was a gift for my little boy (who isn't even 3) I figured that would be plenty, but if I had it to do all over again I would have done less. It is a bit big for him, I guess I could try lightly felting it to get it to shrink down...or just save it until he's a bit bigger. I just don't like that it doesn't cover his ears very well...it doesn't stay down over them. I'm actually making another hat right now but I'm using a ribbed stitch and it is going to be much better for ear coverage - that one is for Simon.
The upside to decreasing is I got to use my cute stitch markers from Skyline. I just knit two together before each of my stitch markers until I was done. It made a nice little star atop his cute little head.
One more photo of cute boots. He loves his new hat (almost as much as he loves to eat snow).