hats

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:

Ganomy II

handspun ganomy II

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

We Call Them Pirates

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.

herbal peek-a-boo

The hat is great, it fits me snugly and Jerry loosely, and looks identical to the first one.

Zeebee

Zeebee

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.

trying on hats

Bangs cut much?

Peace

peace

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!

ps.  My Leaf Lace post was in Cara’s recent issue of Yarnival!

16 thoughts on “hats

  1. I had a thought about the hat. Just give it to him. He collects the bugs. He loves you. He’ll love the hat. He might no wear it, but he should have it anyway. You should still make him one he’ll wear, but the bug hat, is like a collectable thing. He can just display it. That sounds really girly, but you get it, right?

    Bring the ganomy tonight.

  2. Those are all gorgeous! I’m particularly impressed with your pattern with the VW and the peace sign. So cool! Your green scarf is also stunningly beautiful.

    Thank you for your awesome comment on my Argentina post. It made my day to know someone had a good laugh! Cheers!

  3. It’s been awhile since I dropped in to see what you were working on and I have to say WOW. The hats are all so nice . . . makes me wish I could knit like that (as if I have time though, you know?) . . . For now though, I will just have to live vicariously through your projects!

  4. LOVE all the hats (I don’t know why, but I have been so obsessed with thinking about hat projects lately). And man, that pic of Maggie in the tweedy Zeebee is just too cute for words!!!

  5. Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but Maggie is so darn cute!!
    Oh yes, the knitting. I love the handspun Ganomy. Did you actually put a pingpong ball in the top? And what’s that blue and green thing next to it in the pic?
    I haven’t been to enamoured by the Zeebee, but I really like it with the sideways border. I’ll have to try it soon.

  6. We love, love, love the VW hat! It’s unanimous around here that it’s the best! Would you mind sharing or selling us a copy of the pattern? Or maybe swap a VW hat pattern for another VW hat pattern?

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