That’ll do nicely

Well then, that’s satisfying.

I’m mostly just going to show you pretty pictures.

Then get it all blocked and go marching out to the yard to find somewhere to take pretty pictures.  Have I mentioned how much I  like having a woodpile and rocks and tree stumps and more rocks in the yard?  It’s awfully convenient…

Everything is on track for this one to come out Tuesday May 1.  If you want to grab yarn, I used a skein of Satchel by Mrs Crosby.  And if you want to hear when it comes out, that handy link at the bottom of the post will let you make that happen.

 

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Unreasonably satisfying

I should probably feign a becoming modestly.  I know it’s the right thing go do.  But I confess that I am helpless in the face of this stitch.  I think it’s gorgeous and I can’t hide it.

It’s a byproduct of all the swatching experimentation that happened back here, the experimentation that led to Ecliptic (see, swatching is totally not a waste of time or yarn, it’s where ideas come from).  And it’s rather captivating.

Everything is on track for it to come out as a pattern fairly soon (read May or June if all goes according to plan.  Because I suspect I’m not alone in my fondness for this one…

 

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Growing

As expected, the hours put in on the ribbing were absolutely worth it.  The hat proper is so lovely (and so much fun to do).  And having put in all that ribbing means I’ll actually wear the hat (skimpy brim is the quickest way to make sure a hat languishes at the bottom of the hat bin, no matter how pretty it is).

The yarn is Mrs Crosby’s Satchel in Graystone.  And the stitch is totally one of those things where I find myself wanting to work just a few more rows…just to get to the end of the repeat so I can watch the next row of diamonds form up.

I don’t know what it says about my amusement threshold, but that always feels like it makes for faster knitting.  I’m not alone in that, right?  Right?  The same thing happens with neat colors (like the Keepsies hat…I just kept wanting to knit enough to get through the rainbow one more time).  And I’ve heard rumor you colorwork folks have the same thing.

Payoff

 Someone linked to this on pinterest, and lots of folks are coming over (hi, welcome!). The pattern isn’t out yet, but it should be available later this year (think May or June). If you want an email when the pattern is released, you can make that happen right here.

All that ribbing…that ribbing diligently done, despite my natural laziness…well it’s paid off.

Now I get to do the pretty bits.

And while yes, there is still a ribbed background behind the pretty bits, somehow it’s not nearly as interminable now that I’ve got some fancy bits going on every few rows to distract myself.  This one is going to be grand.

 

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Gray…so much gray

Step 1, yarn.

Step 2, cast on.

Step 3, knit and knit and knit.

Step 4, no really, keep knitting.

Step 5, DO NOT FALL PREY TO THE TEMPTATION TO QUIT, this is NOT five and a half inches of ribbing, and you will be sad if you stop now.

But it is almost five and a half inches, so in a little bit you can stop that and do something more amusing any moment now. And then you’ll be glad you kept going.  But now it’s totally appropriate to mutter under your breath and wonder about the chance of getting your ears shortened a bit to allow for shallower hat brims…