I know in my secret heart that I am happiest with a nice deep brim.  I know, I really really KNOW that this means a minimum of five inches of ribbing (which when you fold it in half and stretch it onto your head turns into more like two and a half inches of brim).

So why am I trying this on now.  Now when it is clearly not yet five inches.

Because that right there is the quickest way to ensure a hat languishes at the bottom of the hat bin, never to be worn.

Maybe some day I’ll learn to not even start to get my hopes up until I’m a full five inches in.  But today is not that day.

Yarn Love Challenge

Are you guys following the #yarnlovechallenge festivities over on instagram?  If not, you totally should be!

I love following it (even if I only occasionally manage to post to it).

But it seems I do write an awful lot on instagram these days (often more than on the blog), so if you’re looking for more of my blather, that’s the place to get it.  You can find me right here.

And after the swatches comes the cast on

All those swatches?  All those many many many swatches?  Well now that they’ve led to a stitch I’m happy with, now it’s time to start the project.

I’m going to have to do a post about how I cast on at some point…there are a lot of fuzzy ideas about cast ons floating around out there, and we should have a chat.

But for now, I’m talking myself into slogging through a good five inches of brim, and that’s taking all my motivation.  Remind me how I pretty much only wear hats with nice folded brims, and so it’s worth it put in the time.  Because I know somewhere around two inches I’ll start trying to convince myself that surely that’s enough!

Indomitable (plus giveaway)

So let’s talk socks.  Do you realize how long it’s been since I knit a new pair of socks?  I took a look and it was summer…summer of 2016.  That’s just not cool.  I needed some really awesome socks to break that streak, and Indomitable seem to have been just the thing!  They’re out on ravelry now (and you can get 10% off with the code UNSTOPPABLE).

These were more fun than they had any right to be.  That stitch at the top is sort of magic.  It’s fun to do, looks great with lots of yarn, super warm and cozy to wear.  And the nice, mellow ribbed foot just zips by in no time (even for big feet!).

And then…once the knitting is done…comes the only hard part of these socks.  You have to decide if you want to wear them just like you’ve knit them, or if you want to flip them inside out and turn down the cuff.  The first picture in the post shows them cuffed, the second shows how they come off the needles.

As far as I can tell, there’s really no wrong choice here!  They’re adorable cuffed, and equally charming with the leg straight.  Now, if you happen to not be a fan of cuffed socks, of course you could run that awesome texture pattern all the way down the leg (and the pattern talks about that option too).  But I sort of like having both options, so I did mine half and half.

I knit mine in a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend from Mineville Wool Project (sadly discontinued, but there are oodles of good mcn sock yarns out there, so don’t despair).  I couldn’t decide if I wanted solid or wild (that stitch at the top looks amazing with both), so I somehow ended up with both in my stash.  I eventually went with the solid (I’m boring like that), but I’ve got the variegated one to give away.  Swing by this post on instagram if you think it might want to come home with you!

And, for everyone I can’t send yarn to, I’ve got a coupon for Indomitable.  You can use the code UNSTOPPABLE to get 10% off between now and Friday.  Just put Indomitable in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code UNSTOPPABLE.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left on the instagram post between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, February 16, 2018 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them via DM on instagram to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  If I do message you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.