All the Knitting

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

It was about halfway through my first semester of photography school that I started knitting like crazy. There came a point when I felt like I couldn’t take a picture to save my life, and I found solace in the knowledge that I am, in fact, a very good knitter. I kept at it with the camera, but also churned out knitted FOs like a boss. It saved me.

Shown above is the family of slippers that were made to replace outgrown and holey pairs. The moccasins are from the book Felted Knits by Bev Galeskas and the others are adult and kid sizes of the famous Felt Clog pattern, also by Bev Galeskas.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

A Noro Striped Scarf, knit with four different and unknown shades of Noro Silk Garden. This is at least the third one of these I’ve knit. I find it endlessly fun, totally mindless, and highly wearable. Won’t be the last one I make.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

This is the Charoite Hat and Mittens from my Crystal Collection eBook. It’s knit with worsted weight yarn, and works up quickly. Instant knitting gratification; I needed that this semester.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

Oh! Talk about instant gratification! When Kate released the Snawheid pattern I downloaded it and packed needles and yarn in my backpack within about 5 minutes. It was one of those patterns that I knew I needed to knit the second I saw it. I made two with Nature Spun Sport and they are both still pompomless for now.

Mandy Powers Knitting Photography

Phew! That was a lot of sanity-saving knitting.

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Check out my newest pattern! It’s the Water Street Cap, knit with two balls of Rowan Lima (luscious yarn) in a simple twisted stitch rib. The hat has a bit of slouch and is extremely stretchy. The finished size is 18.5″ (47 cm), and because of the ribbing, it will fit many sizes of heads. The hat pictured fits me (with my big old head) and Mallory (normal adult head).

Water Street Cap – $5.00

See the Water Street Cap on Ravelry, too, where you can queue, fave or share!

Why is it called the Water Street Cap? For almost a year I lived on Water Street in downtown NYC in a dorm room while I attended NYU. It was a good dorm. Actually, considering what most dorms across the country probably look like, it was a freaking amazing dorm. The room was so big you probably could have run the 50 yard dash in there, though we never tried. The first year I lived there, on the fourth floor I think, my window looked over the South Street Seaport. The next year I got to choose my room, and I was on the 28th floor.  And then the world changed and I left Water Street forever. But I have fond memories of the place nonetheless, and also? I think it’s a good name for a hat.

We should have some more pictures I think.

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

Water Street Cap

I’ve been knitting more in that last few weeks than I have in a while, and it feels so good! There will be patterns to show for it! I think I might even do an eBook that will have a small collection of – surprise! – hats and mittens. I have finally admitted to myself that I am NOT a sweater designer. I will leave that to the experts and stick with what I’m good at. Expect a bevy of hats and mittens that, unlike this new pattern, are colorwork.

The Hats

I joked on Twitter yesterday that I was going to get out all the things in my house that I’ve knitted, and it would be shocking and awesome. There are a lot of knitted things that live in my closet, and I don’t feel bad about it. I knit for pleasure, but I also knit as a business. I knit for my immediate family and a few other folks.  I just don’t give my knits away as gifts.

Today I did get all the knitting out, but it seems reasonable to just blog about hats today. The number of mittens is obscene and they deserve their own day to shine. Here are all the hats that live in my house that I could locate:

The Hats

From top left, clockwise.

My self-published designs: 9
Self-published in The Red Collection: 13
Elizabeth Zimmermann hats: 5
Hats for which designs should appear eventually: 5
My designs published elsewhere: 4
Hats under surveillance for moths (in the plastic bag): 1
Improvised hats with no patterns: 9
Hats I keep, but were not made by me: 2 (more about these below)
Knit from other people’s patterns: 16

If my math is correct, that’s 64 hats on the table.

According to what’s been recorded in Ravelry, there are 2 hats not pictured that should be (one is in Gerald’s work truck, one is missing). I have knit 15 hats that were given as gifts, donations or samples.

I have at least 3 hats that are currently on the needles.

There’s gotta be plenty more that I don’t have a record of that are hiding in the house, or given away pre-Ravelry, or who knows what.

I like knitting hats.

About the two pictured above that I didn’t knit: The pink one is the one Maggie wore home from the hospital when she was born. It is handknit and had the world’s saddest pompom. The brown and orange one is from J.Crew. I borrowed/stole it from a guy I once knew in college. I’ve lost touch with him, but he was one of the coolest and most fun guys I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I keep the hat to remember him, and because it looks really good on me.

Warning: Tomorrow is mittens, and there are a lot.