Plane Knitting

Hat Brim

Gone are the days of me apologizing for how long it has been since my last blog post. I just decided I don't need to start each post off by apologizing. And, I'm not going to apologize for making hat after hat after hat after hat, because I like making hats. I definitely am going to dabble in some other projects this fall/winter, but hats are the "gift" of the year (or possibly several years). If you are special to me, and you haven't gotten a knitted hat yet, you can probably expect one at some point in your life. Don't hold your breath, and you can pretend to be surprised when you get it, and maybe you honestly will be, since the majority of you aren't reading "Mama Loves Knitting" in your spare time, someday you will (might) be gifted a hat.

Knitting Bud Lollipop

So, we traveled a LOT this summer. I know the last post was a knitting sesh on my lap and I was torn between knitting and reading the novel that everyone and their grandmother read over the course of the past year. The novel won, but I finally finished the hat (photos coming soonish hopefully modeled on the head of the recipient), so the next trip we took was to my little brother's wedding in Indianapolis. The knitting was the easier option since we had our kids along for the ride(s), no reading could be accomplished, well with the exception of My Father's Dragon which might be the best book ever (to read to your 6 year old).

Knitting Needles Knitting Nun Chucks

My family and I made my brother and his wife a pretty amazing quilt for their wedding gift, so...

Mitch's Quilt

I wasn't sure I needed to get another gift, so I decided I'd KNIT SOME HATS for them. Mitchell told me he didn't have a favorite color, which works out swimmingly for the above pictured quilt that he was the recipient of, but didn't work out so well when I was attempting to choose a couple of Shepherd's Wool colors at Joseph's Coat the day before we flew away from Missoula. He did tell me that Megan (his bride) likes greens and blues so I chose two colors that I thought looked fun together and I've been wanting to keep that ribbed hat for myself ever since I started it.

I plugged away on the plane after starting at least 3 times from the beginning because I cannot count when I sit next to my three year old. I plugged away while we sat in our big house surrounded by my family and all kinds of cozy. I didn't knit as much as I thought I might, as euchre was much more important, but I got a good start on Megan's hat.

Simon Spelling Spelling/Knitting

I plugged away on the way home whilst Simon spelled. This Mama Knitted! And since I got home from our trip, I've finished that hat and started Mitchell's that will be Ivory and Christmas Red Shepard's Wool, I guess you get the colors of your Alma Mater if you don't specify a fave. I am using size 8 circular needles, 16". For Megan's hat I cast on more stitches than I did for the boys' ribbed hats, even though now that I think about it, her head is probably not any bigger than Simon's melon. I cast on 80 stitches for Simon and Gus and for Megan I did 96, I think? And, I did a horrible job of decreasing up top, I'm a little bit out of practice. Don't worry though I'll be back in the swing soon.

I've also been plugging away on that sweater. I re-fell in love with that project last night while watching a movie. I also discovered while knitting Megan's hat that I can knit and watch a sub-titled movie, yep, pretty bad-ass, for a rookie. It is true that knitting is much more desirable when the weather gets colder. I have a lot of projects up my sleeve now I just need some cold weather and movies, with or without subtitles.

Dishcloth Increase/Decrease

Noro Yarn

So Loopy had a sale and I just bought all of this incredibly enticing Noro yarn because I never can resist it, and it was on sale! I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm going to knit a sweater for my sweet husband! In order to even begin something so huge though I needed to really work on my increasing and decreasing. Sure, I decrease all of the time when I knit my hats, but I haven't had much of a reason to increase.

Amaizing Yarn

This yarn was my inspiration, well this combined with a very simple dishcloth pattern. This yarn is called Amaizing because it is made from 100% corn fiber. What a perfect time to make your own dishcloths! *Earth Friendly Dishcloths* during earth month - how fitting. I will never buy another dishcloth as long as I live. I usually get dishcloths by the handful whenever I visit my Great Aunt Jean - so she's always been my "supplier" but she'll no longer have to stock my dishcloth drawer. I'll forewarn you - there isn't the element of perfection I usually require, but it is a dishcloth and my first one using this pattern, so be gentle.


So this simple pattern uses size 7 needles.

Cast on 3 stitches.

Increase Section: Row 1 - Knit 3

Row 2 - K1 M1 (increase or Make one stitch), K1, M1, K1

*Row 3 - Knit all stitches

Row 4 - K1, M1, K all stitches until one stitch before the end, M1, K1*

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 (between *) until you are half way

Increasing Start

Decrease Section: Row 1 - Knit all stitches

**Row 2 - K1, K2tog (knit two together), K all stitches until 3 stitches before the end, K2tog, K1**

Row 3 - Knit all stitches **

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 (between **) until you have 3 stitches left.

Bind off loosely.

So pretty simple, and really really quick! Since I didn't really know how to Make One (m1) I used this book as a tool to teach me.

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I was increasing like a madwoman in no time! You can be too, if you aren't already. If the book doesn't do the trick I always watch You Tube knitting videos. You Tube is a really good teacher! You can make one of these dishcloths in one evening, so you could gift them or build up your supply at home. I have another washcloth that I made when I was just learning to knit (all garter stitch) and supposedly this yarn gets softer with each wash, but I don't find it to be incredibly absorbent, so if you like your cloths to soak things up (in bulk) maybe this yarn won't be your cup of tea. It is really soft though and I found a pattern for a handkerchief headband and it calls for corn yarn, so I'm planning to use this yarn to make that really soon as well.

Close up Dishcloth

It looks very pleasing to me close up.

So watch for my sweater progress, I plan to start soon. I have two other smaller projects that will happen within the next few weeks. A birthday ribbed hat - why mess around - when you are good at something might as well give that as a gift, right? The new endeavors are for people like Shane who will hopefully love it even if it isn't perfect, since he's married to me. Sucka!

Happy Knitting! Happy Earth Month!

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Hope everyone had a fantastic Earth Week! I knitted most of an earth-friendly dishcloth last night,  pattern coming soon. I was trying to teach myself increasing and decreasing and I think I've got it down now - soon I'll be able to move onto a sweater (that's the plan). For Earth Day I also planted a new strawberry bed right by our front door...Mmmm. I dug up our grass, used some scrap wood from around our shed and mixed some compost and soil - TADA! A new home for our berry plants, now lots of TLC and only about three years until we get to enjoy those flavorful berries!

Strawberry Bed Planted

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My Ribbed Hat


So I completed my number two hat a few nights ago. I promised my little 5 year old that he could wear his new hat to school on Thursday morning and luckily I was able to fulfill that promise.

ribbed hat simonribbed angleFolded

I gave him his hat at breakfast on Thursday morning. We decided we liked it best without the cuff at the bottom so he doesn't wear it that way. He chose his very own yarn at Joseph's Coat and he picked Shepherd's Wool Yarn made in Michigan. He selected the two colors on his own Christmas Red and Misty Blue. I wasn't super stoked about his colors because they were the colors from my high school and I didn't want to knit a North High Husky hat, heh...but it ended up being pretty adorable. He told me, with much certainty, that he didn't want stripes in his hat, he wanted the colors knitted and purled together, so I just held two pieces of yarn together. I'd done this with some scarves already so it wasn't tricky. The yarn for this hat was Worsted Spun Fine Wool and I used size 8 circular needles and of course double pointed for the end/decreasing. Again I can't remember how many I cast on and I didn't use a pattern until the very end. This is just knit 2, purl 2 the entire way around over and over again to create this ribbed pattern. Really simple. I did have to do a little bit of research on how to decrease the top since this was only my second hat - I'm a rookie. I used this pattern to kind of figure things out.I just purled two together the whole way around the first round of decreasing and then knitted two together the next time around. Then just knitted two together the rest of the way around until I could close the top. It was actually really easy to do. I'm happy to have that under my belt though. I was worried about not being able to figure it out.

I love this wool - it is very soft and warm - Simon informed me that his head stayed warm at school on Thursday and Friday. It says to hand wash. But I really loved working with this yarn, I'm going back for more!

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Happy Knitting * Look at that happy warm head.