I had another blog lapse last week, but this time there is a respectable knitting excuse for it!
Yep, I have been knitting!!! A lot! Really a lot even for me!
I am going through a bout of Startitis Fever and having enormous fun testing and tasting different ideas and yarns.
With two projects and a pattern for Twisted Socks published, I felt that I needed to change my knitting batteries. This means that I have gone through all my lovely project bags and ruthlessly moved most of my WIPs into the big black UFO closet. Then I re-filed them with the projects that I want to knit NOW.
It seems that mostly what I want to knit now are hats and socks. I now got three hats in progress! And two pairs of socks.
All hats are being knit without special recipient in mind, I am simply testing out pattern ideas.
The first one is Rachel’s Hat
While I visited NY, this past December, my friend Tamar Stone was very kind to host me. One evening she showed to me the photo of a hat her DD Rahel liked and asked me if it was possible to approximate the pattern. Sure it was, said I. And we sat down and I did my confused and sleep deprived best to rough sketch a pattern. A few weeks later Tamar sent me a photo of her DD wearing a hat. It looked wonderful. So I decided that I must knit it too. I asked Tamar to email me the hat knitting instruction and she kindly did so. Well… All I can say that the fact that my friend was able to knit a lovely wearable hat from these notes is a testimony to her superior knitting skill and I am proud to be the person who talked her into giving knitting a try so many years ago. Mind you she, on the other hand, is the only person who could get me to use a sewing machine without general anesthesia. Anyway, I have ripped and re-kint this hat three times already. And I am finally happy with how the band looks like. Now I can start on one of the things I love best – the cables.
The Easy Checks Hat is exactly as advertised – very easy!
I started doing a hat ribbing for another project and after a few rounds I thought, what if instead of making a checkered hat band all hat would be done in large knit and purl checks…
The third hat is still in the embryonic stage, just a couple of rounds above the Cast On. I am trying to figure out a stitch pattern I have seen on one of the Russian websites. There were no instructions or charts there. Just a note that i is suitable for sweaters, socks and blankets. As in “those who need to know – know”. I am planing to work on the hatband tomorrow on the way to TA for an annual knit out. I have not been able to go to one for years because of the mobility issues, this year DS #1 is driving me there.
OK, enough talking!
More about my other current WIPs tomorrow!