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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Entrapment (plus giveaway)

You know that feeling you get when you’re doing something that’s actually really easy but looks super impressive?  That feeling that sits dangerously close to smug self satisfaction?  That feeling is what Entrapment is all about!

I know it looks like you’re doing something complicated there, but you’re really not.  This might actually be the simplest hat I’ve ever designed (and it’s certainly the closest I’ve ever come to telling you to knit a tube of plain stockinette).  I mean yes, every now and then you slip a stitch or work a twisted stitch, but just about every stitch in this thing is plain old knit in the round.

And that little bit of slipping and twisting that you do end up doing?  It’s really fun!  I found myself blasting through the hat in record time because I wanted to work just one more row of the fun bits before I put it down.  That’s always a good sign!

To make this, you’ll want two contrasting yarns.  I used Tosh Vintage (that’s a nice, classic worsted-weight yarn) for the background, and Tosh Merino DK for the fancy bits (that’s a single-ply yarn in something close to the same weight as the background yarn, though a little thicker or thinner will be fine).  Basically, you want a skein of worsted and a few dozen yards (I’d be surprised if you needed more than 60 yards) of a contrast color.  That means this is a perfect way to use up leftovers from other projects.  Just find a nice worsted to use as the background, and go crazy with fancy bits!

But I’m going to make someone’s yarn choice easy.  I’ve got an extra skein of each of the yarns I used here to send off to someone.  Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite thing that looks hard but is actually super easy.  Some of mine are making caramel or chocolate sauce (seriously, there’s no need to ever buy that stuff) and baking bread.  I sort of suspect you could make an argument for knitting itself being one of those things too!

And I am not quite cool enough to send yarn to everyone, but I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code EASY PEASY to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Entrapment in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code EASY PEASY.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, March 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. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

Oh hey look, more swatches

Yup, somehow there are more.  I think I’ve found a stitch I like…this is both cute and awfully fun to do.

But I’m hesitant to use that yarn combo (it’s yarn from two different companies, and I’m trying to lean towards using yarns from the same company in any one piece).  I love the blue (it’s from Dream in Color), but can’t seem to get my hands on a gray from them.  So, a quick stash toss revealed another promising combo.

I will, of course, need to swatch it too (are you sensing a theme?), but I suspect it will work out just fine!

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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