Pretty much like that

So after that ‘let’s go straight for a nice long time…no…longer than you think’ part, then comes the ‘aaaaaaand three rows and you’re done’ bit.

At least that’s how my hats tend to work.  I’m a tremendous fan of a quick decrease on hats.  It actually means you’re knitting a bit more fabric (because you have to make the straight part a bit taller before you start the decreases), but I feel like it fits better and it doesn’t give me hat hair.

Plus it lets you do all sorts of delightfully dramatic stuff on the top.  This one is going to be all starburst-y sparkle pony on the top (yes, that’s totally the technical term).  It’s going to be grand.

And, as you may have noticed, I’m nowhere near through the whole color progression on the gradient yarn.  Which could be a bummer if I were only planning to knit a hat.  But once again fingerless gloves will come to the rescue.  I used a long gradient on fingerless gloves once before and was a tiny bit worried I’d be bugged by the whole ‘ack, they aren’t technically exactly matching’ thing, but it turns out I’m actually ok with it.  Which is good, because this yarn is way to pretty to let it go to waste!

 

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Remiss

Yeah, so somehow I’ve been distracted and not shown you as much of this as I should have.

Which is a shame, as it’s lovely.

But it does pretty much do that thing all hats do in the middle where you can just sort of assume ‘and then it got taller for a while with no particularly notable changes.’  Because well…that’s how hats work.

At least with this one you can distract yourself by wondering if the color is changing yet (hint, yes, yes it totally is).

Yarns are Malabrigo Rios in Natural and Friea Handpaint Sport in Flare.  If you want to see things in something slightly closer to real time, I tend to post a bit more on instagram than on the blog these days (sad, I know, but true).  This is absolutely totally going to be a pattern (likely in May).  And the way to hear about that is to make sure you’re on the mailing list (magic linky thing down below).

 

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Pieces

I’m coming to love my scraps bin.  I used to be fairly ruthless about throwing out little bits of yarn.  If a yarn leftover was under 100 yards or so I’d decide I was never really going to use it for anything and just chuck it.   But these days…these days I seem to find myself knitting more than my fair share of tiny stuff.

The hearts, the stars, and the acorns all came straight out of the scraps bin (the acorns especially used the tiniest bits of yarn ever).

And now the cupcakes are happening (and there are at least a few other tiny things planned for later in the year), and they too are making heavy use of the scraps bin.  I mean I did have to go find chocolate cake colored yarn in a shop (and the lady at the store was absolutely delightful about my quest…didn’t make me feel like a weirdo at all), but all the frosting is straight out of the extras pile.

So now I find myself wondering if there’s a good way to organize it.  Right now it’s all in a big plastic storage container (the kind that are about the size of the biggest carry on suitcases), but it gets super jumbled and things get lost and I find myself having to dump it all out to sort and play with it whenever I want to find something.

So tell me all your grand ideas.  How do you keep your little bits organized?  Do you actually keep them organized, or is it sort of a free for all?  Do you keep them labeled, or just sort of trust that you’ll be able to figure it out if you need to?

Bespeckle (plus giveaway)

Bespeckle is up on ravelry, there’s yarn to give away on instagram, and the pattern is 10% off for the first few days it’s out with the code SPECK.

This was just supposed to be about the pompoms. I had this burning need to put all the stuff I find myself saying about pompoms (how to get them really full and round, how to make them detachable, how to add stripes or polkadots, what tools I like) down in one place.  So I figured fine, I’ll embrace the delightful ridiculousness that is my life and do just that.

But then it turned out that you can’t really put a pompom pattern on ravelry by itself, they want something you actually knit or crochet to go with it.  And I’m cool with that, it’s their house, they get to make the rules!  So I thought sure, I’ll add a basic hat (because clearly you want a hat to show off your new pompom).  But it turns out I am unable to knit a truly plain hat.  Oh and I’d been sort of wanting an excuse to explore adding speckles to my knitting.  And if I’m already giving serious thought to pompoms, well, I’ve clearly abandoned all pretext that my knitting should be serious and somber…so why not combine the two!

 

And you know what…it turns out that when I talked about this over on insgatram, no one came up and said ‘you’re not being serious enough, I’m taking your yarn away and making you sit in time out until you feel like knitting a steeked, colorwork cardigan on fingering weight yarn.’  Instead, at least some of you said you wanted to play too.  And so that’s how we find ourselves here, with an absurdly detailed pattern talking about pompoms and speckles.

So, if your first though was ‘actually yes, that sort of is what I’ve been looking for,’ then you can grab the pattern for 10% off with the code SPECK for the next few days.  And if you’re thinking ‘sooooo…about that time out corner’ then don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll do something more respectable soon…maybe…no promises!  But either way, be sure to check out instagram for a giveaway of the awesome SpaceCadet yarn I used to make these with…it’s yummy, you totally want it!