All this stockinette

I know.  I’m as surprised as you are.  Normally getting me to knit stockinette is like getting me to deep clean the basement (only under duress, and only if I have something else I’m trying really hard to put off).  But lately?  Lately I’m starting to see the appeal.

I think it’s because things are a tiny bit frantic around here (book next week, move next month…more details about both coming shortly), and stockinette is awfully soothing.

And well, well I can use soothing right now!

This totally fits the bill, and the little welts and stripes are just enough to make me feel like it’s not hideously basic.

Yarn is Kunlun by Miss Babs in fieldmouse (gray) and hops (green), and it is also helping with the nice soothing vibe.

I got distracted

I had the best of intentions.  I really did.  The green hat was on the needles and chugging along just fine.  But then I had a different idea.

And then there was this.

And this.

Oh and this.

And now we’re over here.

These things happen…it’s unavoidable.  And I promise there’s a plan and this will be quite nifty in a few minutes!

Coming soon…

So you remember the marble hat?  The one that’s so cheerful it will pretty much slap you in the face?  Well it will be out next week (I normally do pattern releases on Tuesdays, but next Tuesday is a holiday in the states, so I’m doing it Wednesday instead).  Here’s a little sneak peek.

If you want a note when it’s out, be sure you use the link at the bottom to get on the mailing list.  I’ll let you know when it’s here (and send you a coupon too).  You’ll have to find your own marbles though!

 

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A fold here, a tuck there…

So when the knitting’s done, you do a little magic, and end up with something like this.

Which sure, it’s cute enough, though a bit ruffled.  Well you know what I’m going to tell you to do.  You need to block that hat!

And for this one?  For this one we get to use a whole new blocking prop.  Marbles.  Yes really marbles.  I’m every bit as amused as you are (quite likely more).

And when it’s done?  Well when it’s done it’s rather delightful.

And yes, yes there will be a pattern down the road (almost certainly in July).  Make sure you’re signed up for the mailing list if you want to know when it comes out (folks on the mailing list get a coupon code when it comes out too, and it’s for a bigger discount than the one I do here on the blog).  I have a feeling this one is going to be a lot of fun!

 

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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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