For about an hour yesterday, with Mag sleeping and Jerry off at Kindercamp, I sat at my spinning wheel, listened to a podcast on the computer, and tried to come up with another way to distract you from the fact that my camera was still broken.Then the camera arrived in the mail and I took seventy-eleven pictures of all the things I’ve knit! For a while there, I was on a hat kick. Here are the FOs from the last couple o’ weeks:
Pattern: Ganomy from Knitters Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann. If you don’t have any EZ books yet go buy one, any one, right away. You won’t be sorry and your Knitting Life will be forever changed.
Yarn: Handspun by me from corriedale wool top in ‘Trodden’ by Adrian at HelloYarn.
Needles: US 10.5. As with Maggie’s Ganomy, I really just knit this on the fly without taking notes. Add to that Maggie’s recent tendency to pull all the pages out of my knitting notebook, crumple them, and throw them in the garbage can. The result is that I can’t remember any of the details of this project. It looks silly when I wear it, but somedays I feel like wearing a silly hat. There you go.
Pirate Hat II
Pattern: We Call Them Pirates. Free online from Hello Yarn.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport. 1 ball each in Pepper and Natural.
Needles: US 3 for hat, US 1 for lining.
The first time I made this, I used Encore sport weight. Why I didn’t use 100% wool for my first stranding project is a mystery to me. If I was trying to save a buck, that was ridiculous because the Nature Spun Sport is only $3.50 a ball. For the lining, I used some of my remnants of the Herbal yarn I had leftover from the socks that I finished but never told you about.
The hat is great, it fits me snugly and Jerry loosely, and looks identical to the first one.
Pattern: Zeebee from Schmeebot, free online.
Needles: US 4 for body of hat, US 3 for brim.
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed. This was the very first time ever in my life that I ever ever knit with Rowan Yarn. It was great. The color is 145 – very manly, but it has a reddish tint when the sunlight hits it. I’m giving this to my very good friend, Pierluigi, who lives is LA and has very little need for a wool/alpaca hat. But because he loves me, I know he will love and appreciate this hat.
If you have seen this pattern before, you will notice that I added a garter stitch border to the brim. When I finished the body, I didn’t like how much it flared out. Maybe I knit it just a little too big. So I said, “Aw heck,” and tried a border. I picked up one stitch for each ridge and knit about 12 rows (back and forth), bound off using EZ’s sewn cast-off (see, you should really buy one of her books), and sewed up the seam.
It is so perfect now that I want to keep it. It even looks good on the Mag.
Bangs cut much?
Pattern: Made up myself, starting with the Generic Norwegian Hat Chart (free from, you guessed it, Hello Yarn) and fudging around with it in Excel until it looked right.
Needles: US 4 for hat, US 3 for lining.
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo, 100% wool.
This is for my Dad, who has a hobby of collecting Volkswagens, fixin’ ’em up, and then driving them all around and talking about them incessantly. He currently has a little red Bug that looks much like the one I knit on the hat. Smoke coming from the tailpipe and all. My mom told me to put a peace sign on it, so I did.
Trouble is, my Dad wears his hats all funny like; just covering the top of his head and not his ears. So while I love this hat, it might not be the one my Dad ends up getting. I’m trying to figure out a pattern that will have a ribbed brim that he can fold up, and a VW logo on the top where the decreases are. We’ll see.
Phew. I feel such a relief that my camera is back. I’ve got lots of socks on the pins now (weird for me) and two sweaters. I’ll be reporting soon!