Playing favorites

I resolutely decline to pick a favorite side.

They’re both nifty in their own way.

And I love how different they look from each other.  Sure stitches that look the same on both sides are cool and all…and useful for all sorts of things.

But having one that is lovely and different on each side…that’s something grand!

Pattern should be out on February 5…you can click the magic doohickey down below to get an email when it comes out if that makes your life easier!

 

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Very bad words

See that?  See that set of stitches that is very much not involved in the cable?  Yeah…that’s not supposed to be like that.

So we figure out the stitches involved and we rip.  Two of the strands are longer because I needed to rip out more stitches there…the rest are shorter because I didn’t need to set as many free down there.

And then reknit it, this time actually crossing the cable like a smart kid.

And then it’s as good as new (er…better actually, what with not having the glaring error and all).

Much faster than ripping out the whole hat for 8 rows…and totally doable if you’re in good light and feeling up for a little sustained focus.

 

So very very lazy…

I’m no good at row counters. I generally prefer to just count my rows or find some sort of landmark on the stitch pattern I can use instead of counting rows.

But, on this hat, it’s all cables.  And cables are sort of a pain to count rows (you can do it, it’s just fiddly).  So I cheat.

I tie slip knots in my tail for every plain row.  Then when I finish the cable row, I yank them all out.

Works great here because I don’t need to count very high (4 or 5 knots is practical…12 is not) and because the tail is long enough and the yarn sturdy enough to work for this.

You can totally use a row counter if you like that better…but on this project, this works better for me.

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…)

Persevere

I know in my secret heart that I am happiest with a nice deep brim.  I know, I really really KNOW that this means a minimum of five inches of ribbing (which when you fold it in half and stretch it onto your head turns into more like two and a half inches of brim).

So why am I trying this on now.  Now when it is clearly not yet five inches.

Because that right there is the quickest way to ensure a hat languishes at the bottom of the hat bin, never to be worn.

Maybe some day I’ll learn to not even start to get my hopes up until I’m a full five inches in.  But today is not that day.

And after the swatches comes the cast on

All those swatches?  All those many many many swatches?  Well now that they’ve led to a stitch I’m happy with, now it’s time to start the project.

I’m going to have to do a post about how I cast on at some point…there are a lot of fuzzy ideas about cast ons floating around out there, and we should have a chat.

But for now, I’m talking myself into slogging through a good five inches of brim, and that’s taking all my motivation.  Remind me how I pretty much only wear hats with nice folded brims, and so it’s worth it put in the time.  Because I know somewhere around two inches I’ll start trying to convince myself that surely that’s enough!