They grew

Turns out, if you keep making stitches at even a slightly faster rate than you rip them out, your project will eventually grow.  Even if you’re tired.  Even if it’s been raining for two weeks straight.  Even if you have a crew full of marvelous folks doing necessary but noisy (oh so noisy) repair work at your house.

And if your knitting grows for long enough, you get to make a thumb.

And if your brain works the way mine does, two things happen.  First, you absolutely adore the thumb.  Second, you think it looks just the tiniest bit like a cartoon circus tent.  But somehow you kinda don’t mind at all.

Not even a little bit sad about that.  Just wait till you see it all poufed out (being trapped on a needle makes it much flatter than it is in real life).  It’s unspeakably satisfying.

The matching hat is coming out early in May, and then these will follow along mid month so you can revel in them too if you’re as smitten as I am!

 

 

Show off

I have this little voice in the back of my head that says I should attempt to maintain some sort of semblance of self effacing modesty.  That I should not let on about how tickled pink I am about this whole thing.

But you know what?  That little voice is absolutely drowned out by the ever so much louder voice saying “Holy crap look what I made.  Isn’t it fabulous? Don’t you just love it to bits?!?”

And today?  Well today the louder voice is winning. Because this really is rather delightful.

It’s off with testers now (some day we’re going to talk about how much I love the part of the process where I get to watch other people make the thing that existed first only in my head, because it really is kind of trippy).  And I’ll be venturing out to take proper photos of it here shortly (I like to have the mitts and the hat get their photos at the same time so I don’t have to worry about the light being different on different days).  And then the pattern should be out in May (the magic linky thing at the bottom of this post will let you sign up to hear when it’s out if you want a heads up).

If you want to start tracking down yarn, I used a skein of Malabrigo’s Rios in Natural (that’s the white bit), and a skein of Freia’s Sport Gradient in Flare, and I had plenty of yarn to do the hat and mitts from one skein of each (standard disclaimer about how if you decide to make your mitts elbow length you may have a different experience, but I have a big head and big hands, and I was fine).

 

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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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And now we start actually knitting

So, after all those swatches, it’s time to actually knit the thing!

I’m doing a rolled brim (in part because I like how it looks and fits, but also in part because I want to get to the color change bit as quickly as I can, and plowing through a solid brim in the colorful yarn lets me get there quick).

And I generally cast on over two needles (not to make the cast on stretchier, it doesn’t do that, but it does make the loops of my first row of stitches a better match for the rest of my knitting…I’m a loose knitter but a tight cast-er on-er, and this balances things out).

And then it’s time to cruise along, clicking happily away, and wait for the color change!  You know, assuming I don’t get distracted by cupcakes and fall down that rabbit hole…

Colorful yarn is Freia Fine Handpaints’ Sport base in the color Flare. White yarn is Malabrigo’s Rios in Natural.  And the needles, alas, have no brand as they’re some random ones I found somewhere along the way.

 

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