Evergreen Cap in Beige

I’ve been in a weird knitting funk lately. I’m not knitting as much; what I am knitting I’m not really finishing; and what I am finishing, well, it doesn’t rank high on the excitement scale (“oh look: another dishcloth”*).

 

I did manage to finish a cable hat recently. I love the look of cable hats but I’ve not knit that many of them. Evergreen Cap was an easy knit. I did have a bit of problem with maintaining the cables through the top decreases, but I think that’s more related to my completely misplaced faith in my ability to remember my place in the pattern without marking it than the pattern itself. (This also manifests in a belief that I don’t need a grocery list because I’ll remember everything I need when I’m at the store.)

 

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RePurposed

Over the summer a friend returned to me a couple of hats I had knit for her little guy that he had outgrown. One I gave to my 3 year old nephew and he’s been wearing it this fall.  The other was smaller and plain brown:

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The littlest baby in the family is a girl. Not only does she have three older brothers, there’s 7 years and 4 boys between her and my next youngest niece, so I thought the hat needed a little pick me up before she received it:

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The solution: a little pink flower in some leftover yarn from the newborn hat if her brother had been a girl.

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Pattern: Simple Knitted Flower

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zarina (apparently discontinued; I liked the yarn for baby projects.)

Unfinished Business

I’ve never made it a secret that my least favourite part of knitting is the actual finishing. You know, sewing up and weaving in the ends. It’s not hard, or complicated. It’s just one of those things that it’s easier to throw in a pile and move on to actual knitting.

A couple of weekends ago, I collected up all my not-quite-finished projects. I have to admit to some shock when I saw the pile:

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The Striped Hat

A month or so ago I received the “Knit Simple” fall 2016 magazine in the mail. I’m a fan of uncomplicated patterns and hats have held a particular appeal for me lately so when I saw a pattern for a striped hat with texture changes, it looked like just the project for me. A quick search of my stash confirmed I had the yarn for the project.*

 

I decided to wait and cast on as one of my Ravellenics projects. However, being me I didn’t read the instructions much beyond determining I had the correct weight of yarn. You can image my shock and horror to discover that the hat was knit flat and seemed up at the end. Why would someone deliberately make a hat that would require sewing??? Weeks later I still find the concept incomprehensible.  So, I did the only logical thing: I knit it in the round.

 

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Watermelon Hat

I’m sure it’s a common sentiment among knitters: you see a piece of knitwear, look at and think: “I could make that.”  I usually then get a grip on myself; remember the realities of my time, skill, and patience; and continue on my way.  However, my restraint fell by the wayside when I saw a watermelon hat on one of my niece’s dolls. It was one they had worn when they were babies. I proceeded to “borrow”** it to use as a reference.

 

A quick Ravelry search turned up a pattern for a watermelon hat from Stephanie Peal-MacPhee.  A little shopping from my yarn collection and voila:

 

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**  By “borrow” I mean I took when she wasn’t looking.

Bunny Tail Hat

There are many wonderful things about babies, but one of my favourite as an aunt/knitter is their inability to protest whatever crazy cute idea you want to turn into a hat. As they get older, they tend to have their own opinions about what they’ll wear.

 

Easter seems to be sneaking up at the end of this month. (I always think Easter is in April and am sometimes confused to discover it’s in March). Easter of course presents the perfect opportunity for a bunny hat:

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