Left right left

Yeah, I’m over here loving everything about this.

I can’t decide which side I like better…they’re both pretty darn nifty.

And don’t stress, reversible cables are NOT hard.  You know how normally you’re working cables over just knit stitches?  Like you cross three knits over three knits?  Yeah, well if instead you cross ribbing over ribbing (so think knit one purl one knit one over knit one purl one knit one) magic happens.

All of a sudden the back of your fabric gets very spiffy indeed.

Take the time to twist those purls, then the front and back look even more different from each other and things get really impressive (yeah yeah, I know some of you don’t like it…and no one can make you do it…but if you take the time to it is rather lovely).

The general plan is for these to be February’s patterns (the hat early in the month, some matching mitts later in the month).  So if you’re feeling the urge to jump in you can cast on soon!

 

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Yes, another gray hat…it’s a theme

So look…gray hats are apparently just my happy place. It’s true and I’m not even going to pretend I’m sorry.

At least this one has speckles (Martin’s Lab, Bouncy Sport in the color Candy Sparrow)!

And is reversible…

Which means I will, generally, make some sort of passing attempt to show you both sides as we go along.  I won’t always succeed…but I’ll try.

The side with the untwisted stitches faces out as you knit, and the twisted side faces in.  So I’m going to generally call that right and wrong…but really nothing about this is wrong. Not one thing.

 

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We made it!

Everyone still here?  Starting to wake up from the holiday fog and remember how to eat real food and wear real clothes and more or less be normal people instead of the cookie stuffed, pajama wearing, movie watching, midday napping couch gremlins we’ve been for the last week or two? Got some of the glitter out of your hair and the pine needles off the carpet?  Starting to notice the sun setting later?  Excellent, we all made it to the new year!

Between the countdown sale in December and Curls 3 coming out in November I feel like it’s been a scandalously long time since I’ve just shown you what I’m knitting.  I had plans to sneak some of that in in December, but then we had a pipe freeze and burst in our attic over Thanksgiving and we’ve been dealing with that delight ever since…so things have been a bit…ah…scattered.  Scattered is the polite way of saying ‘in a giant, expensive, noisy, dusty uproar that makes me question my sanity and seriously consider just moving into a hotel for the duration.’

So how about I flash some knitting today to make up for lost time and ease us back into the new year?

When last we chatted, I’d just unkinked this yarn, wound it up, and was getting ready to cast on for a hat (someone will ask, so the yarn is Coventry DK by June Pryce Fiber Arts in the color Speckled Soul Searching, the 500 yard size, which is enough to make a hat and matching mitts).

That hat grew.

Then I tried it on and realized it wasn’t actually going to fit my head (because sometimes swatches lie, and it’s better to double check now than to fume at the slightly too small hat for the rest of eternity), so I ripped it out, swearing at it the whole time.

But it wasn’t long until it was back on the needles.

And growing again.

And pretty soon, it was just about done.

And it was time for the decreases (which are delightfully swirly on this one if I do say so myself!).

And here’s where I’ll leave it for today, because I am also easing back into this being a productive adult member of society and doing work thing, and I have rather a lot of emails to catch up on.  But if you’re madly in love with this one, the pattern will be out on Tuesday the 8th (barring any other exciting house catastrophes…but really I think one burst pipe per winter is more than enough thank you very much)!

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Tiny bubbles

So I totally haven’t decided if these look like bubbles or seed pods or bug wings or leaves or something else entirely.

But I have decided they look awesome.

And that they make me unreasonably happy.

They even look nifty on the backside!

 

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Heads up

This lovely little bit of business is coming one week from today.

I used a skein of Hedgehog Fibres’ Skinny Singles in Ghost (it took me a little less than 300 yards), just in case you want to do a quick stash dive or a bit of yarn procurement before it comes out!  This is the perfect thing to do with single ply yarns (which can be a bit delicate, so hats are a perfect choice).  And of course the pattern will be written so you can easily use fingering, sport, or dk weight yarn.

And as always, folks on the mailing list get a heads up and a discount when it comes out! (Rumor has it mailing list folks are getting a special extra goody later in March too…)