Not done yet

Right…so I should probably be done with this by now…I mean I did do a whole hat’s worth of it.  But somehow no. Somehow I find myself wanting just a little more.

The trickiest bit was picking the color.  I don’t feel like using the whole rainbow is super practical on the cuffs (even I do not want to deal with that many ends on that small a space…

So I went with pink.  I could say something about how it’s high contrast and extra eye catching and make soemthing up.

But the truth is my winter puffy coat is about that color of pink, and that’s a new thing in my wardrobe, and I need more hats/cuffs that to with it.  So pink it is!

 

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Goodies

I went to Fiber Frolic earlier this month, and then completely and utterly failed to show you the goodies I got! In my defense, I did show them off on instagram stories (I’m starting to play with that, so if you ever felt a burning desire to hear me natter on in real time, that could make all your dreams come true). But not showing it here too is borderline criminal. Let’s see if we can fix it, yeah?

Three special friends followed me home.  The first is June Pryce Fiber Arts’ Coventry DK in Speckled Soul Searching.

The second is Seven Sisters Arts’ Apex in Water Nymph.

The third is Fresli Farm, a 50/50 wool and silk blend (not dyed, so no colorway name).

All three are awesome, and no I’m not quite sure what I’m making with them.  But I was remiss in keeping them to myself.  Now you get to see them too!

Trim

Folks, we need to talk about pompom trimming.  This isn’t actually a sentence I ever thought I’d say, but apparently my life is odd.  I heard from so may folks saying some variation of ‘ack, your pompoms are perfect, mine never look like that.’  And I’m here to tell you it’s all in the trimming.  No one’s pompoms look perfect right off the maker.

Want proof?  Check this out.  That’s the two I made for this hat straight off the form.

Hot mess, right?  And that’s totally normal.  They always look like that.  You just need to trim them down.  I like to do my trimming in two sessions.  The first one gets it sort of shaped and a first pass at smoothing out the surface, but it doesn’t get all of it.  Here’s the first pass.

And that is better.  You could stop there if you wanted.  But I find I have a much better time if I then do a second pass.  It even try and do it a day or two later, I swear you’ll see things when you go in with fresh eyes that you missed the first time.

And the bits your cutting off are tiny.  Like itty bitty little fluff particles (which is why I do this outside…no one wants that inside).  But it makes a huge difference to the finished piece.

So if you don’t like your pompoms, don’t beat yourself up.  You’re probably just not trimming enough.  Try taking a break and giving it another go (and always always always use more yarn than you think you need…always).

Ostensibly (plus giveaway)

I’m a grown up. I am. I have the paperwork to prove it. But somehow…somehow my reaction to this hat makes me question just how much of an adult I really am.  It’s called Ostensibly, and you can get it on ravelry for 10% off with the code ALLEGED.

I can’t decide if it’s the rainbow colors, or the pompom (or the other pompom, or the other other pompom), or the blatant refusal to weave in my ends, but this one feels like about the farthest thing from being grown up I can imagine.

And I’m not even a little bit sorry.  Nope, not one bit.  If you have to pick somewhere to flagrantly flout responsible adulthood, your knitting is probably a fine choice.  And I’m more than happy to help you do it!

The pattern has all the bits you’d expect (like how to make the hat), but also includes info on all the not-so-grown up things I love about it…how to make all three of those pompoms (and how to make them detachable) and how to braid your ends instead of weaving them in.  There’s even some discussion of how to sub in slightly more subdued colors if you’re in the mood for something more sedate.

But, for those of you loving the colors, I’m going to make one of you very happy. Rachel over at Ontheround is going to send yarn off to a lucky someone.  I used her Everyday DK in Silver Lining Tweed for the background, and the Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow for the contrast.  She’ll send someone yarn to do the same.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment telling me the most colorful thing you ever knit.  Are you a fan of neon socks? Outrageous hats? Do you have a scrap yarn blanket on the needles?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys make!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to, you can get Ostensibly for 10% off with the code ALLEGED. Just put Ostensibly in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code ALLEGED.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, June 22, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send the yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  This is open to people anywhere in the world, but I need a US mailing address to send yarn to.