pair of squares and a PSA

pair of hats

This is the fastest hat to make EVER. So I made two.

Pattern: Center Square from
Yarn: Worsted weight wool, held double. I used up some Cascade 220, some Patons Classic Merino, and some Nature Spun Worsted.
Neeldes: US 10.5, 16″ bamboo circular.
Start – Finish: Nov. 4 – Nov. 7 for the pair.
For: A pair of secret recipients.

What am I knitting next? I can’t decide, and swatching doesn’t seem to help. I’ll probably end up making more hats. Here’s what I have going.


Swatch for a Norse Sweater or SIWASH Sweater (same diff) for Jerry. The pattern is from The Opinionated Knitter, and it’s a drop should sweater. I don’t like the light blue, and if I go ahead with this I’ll use cream in place of it – closer to what is in the book. Part of the problem with this is that I don’t think I have enough yarn. That is always the problem with me.


I want to make Jerry a cabley vest, and this chunky wool was on super-sale at the yarn store. It’s Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed. The swatch pictured is the fourth swatch I’ve made. I just can’t seem to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together, but I really want him to have a vest.

more reclaimed yarn

This is a bunch of wool from a sweater I got at the thrift store a long time ago. The sweater was a large men’s J.Crew raglan with a “hand knit” label. The yarn is bulky, but it’s actually just three strands held together, not spun together. This yarn screams garter stitch.

Have I told you how much I like unraveling wool sweaters from the thrift store? I really really love it. Don’t know why. Here’s two, though, that I haven’t been willing to unravel yet.

Made Especially for You


Public Service Announcement:
Go to your local thrift store today and rescue the hand knits!

Thank you!

It has been a week and a half since my birthday, but I must share with you all the knitterly love came my way when I turned 28.

Lisa gave me note cards:


Her mom made them! And I love note cards! The perfect gift. Thanks, Lisa!

My mother-in-law treated me to the Brandon Mably Color Workshop I told you about in my last post.

My husband gave me big smiles, a full day of daddy duty (for the first time ever with both the kids) while I went to the knitting workshop, and the new Holiday IK. Sure, I bought the issue myself and told him about it later, but that, my friends, is the best way to get exactly what I want from him.

My friend Pier gave me something entirely non-knitty, but perfect nonetheless:

hello lover

The complete series!!!! Perfect to watch while (knitting, and) waiting for the movie to come out.

And yesterday, waiting in the mail pile that I found upon returning from the wedding in CT: YARN!!


Silky Sock in the color Painted Desert from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company.  A gift from my sister-in-law!

Thank you all!  It was the best yarny birthday I could have asked for.

Now, I’m off to sew costumes frantically, then try to tidy the house because my parents and sister will be arriving any moment now…yikes!

color 7814

cascade 220

Cascade 220, color 7814.

First I used it for Jerry’s Wallasaurus.


Next I made a Tasseled Fez, without the tassles.

Tasseled Fez

I decided it would be a great contrasting hem facing for the sister sweater.

Sister Sweater

And just the other day, I bought enough of color 7814 to make a sweater for myself.

My college roommate and I used to do this dance; we’d sorta shake all around and say, “I CAN’T STOP” and then laugh ourselves silly.  I felt like doing the dance while buying the yarn the other day, skeins of color 7814 flying all around me.

Please.  Somebody help me.