Fine I suppose

I believe my general position on ribbing is well known (namely ‘fine, I suppose if I must I must, but I’m for sure going to pout about it at least a bit).

But I will say that the yarn (La Bien Aimée’s Corrie Confetti) is a delight. The speckles are every bit as distracting as I’d hoped (far more than they should be frankly, but wow am I not complaining about anything that makes my tired, gloomy brain happy right now, so I’m not questioning it too deeply).

And very soon now we’ll get to the cabled bit! At which point we’ll see if I have enough brain cells left to reliably count to five and tell left from right. No promises.

And we’re off

Alrighty, back to the hat we were swatching for the other week. The yarn is all wound up and cast on (and yes, yes that branch DOES look rather like a turtle/dinosaur having a chomp on the yarn, you’re totally right).

As usual, I used a long tailed cast on and cast on over two needles.

Someone somewhere is clutching their pearls and is about to send me a note telling me casting on over two needles is a scandal and doesn’t really make your cast on stretchier.

Which I know!

Casting on over two needles doesn’t make your cast on stretchier at all! But what it does do, at least if you’re me, is make that first row of stitches the same size as the rest of your stitches.

Because you see, when you’re working a long tailed cast on, you’re actually making your first row of stitches at the same time as you’re getting the loops on the needles. And if you’re like me (loose knitter, tight cast-er on-er (cast oner? none of that sounds right)), then sometimes the row of stitches you create while casting on might be all tight and squinchy compared to the following rows. And casting on over two needles (or over one bigger needle if you have it handy, but I never do) fixes that.

So it’s how I do it. It works for me. It works for lots of other folks! But it really really really twists the knickers of a certain subset of folks, so I like to mention it real big and loud right up front. And this way, if someone starts getting pearl clutchy or knickers twisty about it around you, you can smile and tell them you’ve got it under control.

If you want your cast on stretchier, either use a different cast on or leave more space /between/ each stitch of your cast on.

Now…now we see whether the speckles are enough to stave off the January gloom!

Preemptive answers

Ok, how about a general Q&A post about the upcoming pattern!

1) It’s coming out Tuesday (standard disclaimer, about assuming no massive catastrophe befalls me or mine between now and then goes here)! Make sure you’re on the mailing list if you want me to email you with a coupon when it comes out.

2) Yarn is specially dyed by Gauge Dye Works just for this pattern, and she’s got it up for sale now! One skein will make one hat in any size (I made a tall one for my giant 24.75″ head and had plenty left over).

3) You don’t have to use that yarn though! The pattern has lots of info on how to do it with a background color and a contrast color (it’s a great thing to do with a mini skein or leftovers from other projects). There’s also info there on how to use a long gradient skein (the kind that does one giant color shift over the whole skein) or even just a single skein without any color changes. Really it’s Super Super Duper Flexible, and I’ve got a whole page in there with lots of yarn guidance. You will not have any trouble finding a yarn that works for this!

4) All three hats (with three gorgeous crowns, seriously, scroll back through my posts to see them, the purple one is especially grand) are in there. Each hat is offered in ten sizes and four gauges, which means you’ll be able to use pretty much anything from heavy fingering up through heavy worsted yarn and fit pretty much anyone from a toddler up through a large adult.

5) The folks at Gauge Dye Works will be doing a little knit along, so if you’re feeling like you want to make this with some folks cheering you on, we can totally make that happen!

Ok, I’m guessing that’s most of the questions! If you have any others, leave them in comments and I’ll try and do one more post before it goes live rounding up any that pop up frequently.

Really though, this is way more fun than it has any right to be, I think you’re going to love it!

 

Extra

Am I doing something just the tiniest bit extra with the blocking on one or two of these? Why yes, yes I am.

Do you have to do it to? Um, no. No I do not expect anyone else to be quite this enthusiastic. In the interest of full disclosure, even I am not this enthusiastic and I will not be doing this to every blippy on the hat when I block it.

But I had one or two spots that would benefit from a bit of extra persuasion, and I know I can’t actually be the most particular person in the world, so I figured fine, why not share the compulsion (details of what I’m doing and how will be in the pattern, along with firm reassurance that you do not have to do any such thing)

Assuming no more heating systems try to burn my house down, no more chunks of my roof blow off in windstorms, no more pipes freeze, no more cats decide to play volcano and spew various fluids over anything important (last week was just spectacular, absolutely spectacular), and my household manages to continue evading the rampaging plague, this should be out a week from today. The yarn is already up for preorder over on Gauge Dye Works’ page, so if you know you simply must have it, you can grab that now and be all set when the pattern drops!

Meanwhile I’ll be tending to the aforementioned heating systems, roof, pipes, and cats. Because adulthood is just so much fun.