Pattern: Habitat by Jared Flood from Brooklyntweed
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool, color #726
Fiber: 100% Wool
Amount: 2 skeins
Needles: US #8, US#7 Addi Turbos (knit on two circs) without a cable needle
This Habitat was made to replace the disaster of a ribbed hat I made him a few years ago. Little did I know that the lovely, soft merino wool I used for that one would stretch beyond control after being caught in a downpour of snow. This one is hardier, and in my opinion, better looking than the first. Another great Brooklyntween pattern, but you definitely want to know how to cable without a needle for this one.
Why is it my photo sessions with these three always descend into chaos?
I am not a huge sock fan, but I knew that I wanted to get a copy of Wendy's sock book as soon as it was available. Most of the socks I have ever tried to knit have been either designs of hers or Cookie A's. My problem isn't really with getting a sock started and knowing what to do, but that I suffer from second-sock syndrome like most other knitters. I also have a hard time getting my socks to fit correctly, particularly when it comes to the heel section. I don't know how, but all of my Wendy socks have fit me just fine. I took a sneak peek of Wendy's book at a bookstore before I received my copy, and I couldn't believe how truly gorgeous it was inside. Most of the other books I have on socks are full of good instructions, but are not particularly beautiful to look at. This book made me WANT to knit socks...ALL of the socks in the book.
As far as sock yarn is concerned, I am a huge fan of semi-solid and heathered sock yarn. Some people fall for a sock yarn and then hunt around for a pattern to fit. I, on the other hand, am one of those that falls for the stitch pattern first. Unfortunately, I usually find that most handpaints won't really fit the bill for the patterns I like. The pattern above is the "Lacy Rib" pattern, and it will work well with handpaints or a solid yarn. The yarn is some Koigu KPPM that my Bean bought me years ago for Mother's Day. It is pretty vibrant in person, so you can understand the appeal it had at the time to a 4-yr-old. Since it is a pretty crazy yarn, I needed a pattern that wouldn't be obscured by the color switches in the yarn. The Lacy Rib was simple enough to allow the yarn to retain all of its glorious character, but it wasn't just boring stockinette or rib. I usually use the Figure-Eight toe as a cast on because I hate provisional cast-ons. I still always end up casting-on a few times before I get it right, so I thought this time I would try "Judy's Magic Cast-On" that Wendy mentions in the book. Bingo! If you haven't tried this cast-on before, go take a look and try it out. Makes toes a breeze to cast-on.
There is a KAL for the book on Ravelry, but I probably won't participate. The KAL requires you to knit a pair of socks a month, and I am just not that dedicated. I do plan to knit more than one pair of socks from this book before the year is out. And if I could add a few extra hours knitting time to my day, I would definitely knit them all.
Pattern: Dean Street Hat by Nina Machlin Dayton, free Ravelry download
Yarn: Noro Kureyon - can't remember the color number!
Fiber: 100% Wool
Amount: 1 skein
Needles: US #8 Addi Turbos (knit on two circs) without a cable needle
I figured I should put up some finished objects since it is almost time to put the hats away. At least I HOPE it is almost time to retire them to the closet. The Bean wanted a pink hat to go with her winter coat, and I figured the Noro would give it some pizzazz. I was afraid the cables would get hidden among the color changes, but it came out ok. The only problem is that it came out a little on the small side. I might try blocking it again and trying to get some more stretch out of it. She likes it, so that's what matters any ways.
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