this morning

This morning, I got Jerry off to school. I started a few loads of laundry and folded a few loads, too. I made breakfast for Maggie. I made my bed, and opened up the box with the new husband pillows that arrived from Sears. I tested out the husband pillows with Maggie. We played with the box the pillows came in. I cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast and  made lunch. Then we ate lunch. I checked my email, got caught up on twitter, watched a bunch of videos on youtube instant (Gaga, Elmo, Florence + The Machine, Titus Andronicus, etc, etc) and did some facebooking. I watched the end of the VMAs that I missed last night.

I also cast on for a hat, worked the 29 bobbles along the brim, worked the body in stockinette, decreased for the crown, fastened off the last 10 stitches, wove in the ends, tried it on Maggie, then took pictures while she added rocks to her rock collection.

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

Maggie

This was a good morning.

Pattern: Heartless Hat from The Red Collection
Started: This morning around 7 am
Finished: This afternoon around 12:30 pm
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky, in the glorious Lettuce colorway. Mmmm.

laurel

I fear it was just a few days ago that I extolled hat knitting. Today, then, I will simply show you the one I just finished, and hope you will remember all the reasons why I really love knitting hats. And boy do I ever love this one that just flew off my needles.

new fave

Pattern: LAUREL by Jared Flood, in his new pattern book Made in Brooklyn.
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca, color 6275, 1 skein.
My project on Ravelry.

My mother-in-law, upon seeing me model it yesterday, said it is the best hat that was ever on my head. I agree.

new fave

The fit is perfect. In the book, the hat is modeled as a beret. Since I have a big head I decided to not block it over a plate and keep the beanie shape. The only modification I made was to knit the ribbing at the beginning for about 1.75″ instead of 1″ as it says in the pattern.

new fave

Jared (no, we are not on a first name basis, I just pretend that we are) is probably my favorite designer out there. The thing I love about his new book is that all his patterns are so knittable and wearable. With the exception of the large square lace shawl (I love it but probably would never knit it) I think I want to knit all the projects  in the book. Everything I have always loved about brooklyntweed all gathered up in a beautiful collection. I hope we see more pattern books from him!

new fave

new fave

Next? Matching mittens!

It’s a miracle, but this hat is making me feel stylish! I’ll be a ragamuffin no more!