Distractions

So you know I love flared cuffs.  Sort of a lot.  I tried to count, and it looks like there are at least four as individual patterns and some fairly alarming number in various books (I officially have enough patterns in enough places that it’s kind of hard to sort them all!).  And so it should be no surprise that I have another pair fresh off the needles.

These really are a tiny, quick project (I knit each one in a few hours while trying to distract myself from the horrible and expensive things a pipe in my basement was doing…the pair only used 100 yards of yarn).  And I’m bound and determined to get everyone else on the flared cuff bandwagon.  So just for fun, I’m going to send these out free to folks on my mailing list some time in the next week or so.

If you’re already on the mailing list, you’re golden, you’ll hear from me when they comes out.  If you want to join, you can do that over here.

And if you’re feeling very thorough and you want to double check and make sure you’re signed up (because the list will take you off if you never, ever, ever open messages from me…though really if you never open my messages I sort of doubt you’re hanging out on my blog reading this), you can do that right here.  If you are signed up, it will tell you so, if you’re not, it will let you sign up.

Flip

Alright, so when last we spoke, the hat was looking a little something like this.  Which is totally cute…but may be a bit too…enthusiastic? for my tastes.

But then, in a happy accident (also known as weaving in the ends), I flipped it inside out.  And look what the top does!

That’s really rather magical.

And just just like that a plan was hatched.  I wanted a second version with a few modifications.  And the good folks over at The Lemonade Shop were happy to oblige (this is their Stormy Day colorway), and more yarn is on the way.  I have concocted a scheme, and with any luck at all, you’ll be seeing more of this (and its variant) in the next few weeks!

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Meanwhile…

So, I’m eyebrows deep in Curls 3 swatches.  Which is a fairly pleasant place to be (this is the part where I get to have All The Ideas), but it does make for rather limited blogging.

I did start getting twitchy about not having finished anything just lately though and so finished up the World’s Most Cheerful Hat.  It started out looking something like this.

Then with a bit of a fold here and a pinch there and a wiggle there looked like this.

And with a bit of strategic fiddling that turned into this.

Which is all well and good and lovely.  But then…then I turned it inside out and it looked like seven kinds of awesome (completely to my surprise…I never planned for that to happen).  The kind where all of a sudden I have a whole new plan and suddenly find myself planning to do a second version and show it off properly.  I’ll show you what the inside looks like next time!

 

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And done

And this lovely bit of business is what happens when you pull up all those pins and see what your blocking has done!

Now, the other fun thing about blocking is you can actually make some pretty big changes in how the finished piece looks.  So for example on this one, I could have pinned the whole edge out evenly (instead of pulling out points) and it would have been more of a circle.  But I’m a sucker for making points pop on things like this, so that’s the way I went.

I’m sort of suspecting I’m going to write this one up as a tiny little pattern (with some tips on working lace charts and on blocking flared cuffs) and send it out free to folks on my mailing list.  I’m not sure when exactly, but probably some time later this summer.  If you want a copy when it’s out, you can make that happen here.