Next…

This is just about ready for the decreases.

Which means it’s time to start figuring out what to do for the third one (the blue one here).

Expect swatches soon…

So when I say a set…

So when I say I’m thinking of doing a set, I’m speaking fairly loosely.  We’re not talking a hat and mitts and a cowl, we’re talking a few pieces that all explore a similar idea.

In this case, that idea is ‘what if I start with a lovely, neutral background and a simple shape…and then pull another yarn in to do something a bit crazy with a funky stitch for some fancy texture?’

So here you can see the first iteration of that (it’s Entrapment, and it’s already out on ravelry if you simply must have it).

And here’s the pink one I’m working on now (as of yet unnamed, and not yet finished being knit, so clearly not available as a pattern just yet, but it’s coming somewhere down the road).

These both use the exact same yarn for the background (Tosh Vintage in Smokestack), and then use a colorful single ply yarn for the accent color.  I’ve got a third accent color all lined up (and another skein of the gray waiting) for when this is done!

I just have to decide what I want to do for the texture stitch…

 

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Because one is never enough

The hat continues to grow, and I continue to be hopelessly smitten with it.

It starts out with the rows of doobly-dos all squinched up together, but then as you go along they spread out. I love having things taper off like that.  It makes it feel like the hat is picking up momentum as you go along (because the fancy rows do take a bit more time than the plain ones).

Yarn is Tosh Vintage in Smokestack (the gray one) and Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin (the pink one), and I’m loving the combo!

 

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Just in time

This is growing, and I’m loving it.

And apparently we’re going to have one last snowstorm (oh please let it be this winter’s last…I’m so ready for spring), so maybe I’ll get some time to tuck in and finish it up.

The wee twirly bits are going to spread out and become more sparse as we head to the top of the hat, so it should get even faster as I work along.  And yes, yes I have already started day dreaming of what to do for the third in this ‘gray background, funky secondary yarn’ thing I’m playing with here!

 

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I’m sensing a theme

I’m sort of loving this mellow gray yarn as a background, funky colorful single for an accent thing.  I think there may end up being a few of these.

So far it’s going well.

And you know I love how it came out for the hat that just came out.

I think there just might be something to this…

 

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Clipping along

The hat is done.  And with any luck at all, the cold that kept things quiet around here for the last few days is done too.

Now clearly this needs to be blocked, but I’m rather pleased with it.  And, in a stunning fit of uncharacteristic forethought, I actually took really good notes while I knit it.  The pattern is already written and off with testers.  All that means there’s a pretty darn good chance it will be March’s pattern!

 

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Damn damn damn

Do you see what I see?

Right there?  Middle row of Vs?  Just to the left of center?  See how two of them aren’t twisted at the top.  Yeah.  Yeah that’s no good at all.  That has to be fixed.  But there’s no chance I’m ripping all that back.

So instead? Instead I’m doing knitting surgery.

Gather your courage, drop the offending stitch down, get back to where the problem is, and work it back up (being very very careful not to mess up the stranding at the top…trust me on this one).

Once it’s back up, you can’t tell there was ever a problem.

Totally worth it, and totally faster than ripping and reknitting all that fabric.  Oh and by the way, still madly in love with this hat.

 

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Go away I’m knitting

I’m having a hard time putting this down.  It’s so pretty (and so ridiculously fun to do) that all I want to do is work on it.

Alas, I’m supposed to do things like sleep and ship boxes and feed myself and finish up the next book and possibly do a bit of laundry from time to time.

But wow this is all I want to do…

 

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Next

So I feel like I’m having a ‘colors without colorwork’ sort of phase.  There’s the green and gray wavy set I just finished, and the stripey pink and purple business I just put up for testing, and of course there’s Pelagic.  But I didn’t feel quite done.

So then there was this.

Which turned into this.

Which then turned into this.

Yarn is Madeline Tosh, Merino DK in Flashdance (purple) and Vintage in Smokestack (gray), and I’m expecting great things!

 

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Circumvolute (plus giveaway)

I think it’s time we have a new pattern, don’t you?  Around here there’s still plenty of time to bang out a hat or two before spring starts flirting with us, and Circumvolute is a lovely choice.

Now, I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been seeing lots and lots and lots of lovely speckled yarns.  Usually I see one, fall hopelessly in love, buy it, take it home, then swatch and swatch and swatch and never quite sort out something that works with the yarn.  But these hats fix that.

I finally figured out that speckled yarn likes to shine on its own.  You have to give it some stockinette to show off all its fancy colors.  But no one should have to do a whole hat worth of stockinette, so you need to find a way to sneak something else in there to stay sane.

And for these hats, that something else is lovely slipped stitch cables.  The slipped stitches play nicely with the speckles (it’s awesome when you get a bright splotch of color lined up just so on the elongated stitch).  But they still leave plenty of space for the yarn to be the star of the show.

The yarn I used here is Squish DK by Spun Right Round in the color Bug Jar, and I’m rather taken with it (if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed I used it again in a different color for the purple hat and mitts I just finished up).  Renee’s color are fabulous.  They strike just the right mix of taking me out of my comfort zone while still making beautiful projects.

And she’s offered to send a skein of her Squish DK off to one of you in the winner’s choice of color.  All you have to do is head over to her shop then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite color (be sure you check out her sold items too, there are even more colorways to see there!).  I used Bug Jar here, though I keep staring at The Walkers, and if I wanted to be brave, I’m awfully drawn to Grafitti Overlay.  I can’t wait to hear which colors tempt you the most!

And though I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code SPECKLES to get 10% off the pattern between now and Friday.  Just put Circumvolute in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SPECKLES.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, February 10, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send 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.