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!

Now for the fun bit

Made it through the ribbing…all 6 flipping inches of it.

I console myself with the idea that my ears will be warm and cozy.

And that the fun part is pretty enough to make up for the quiet start!

 

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Wovember

I have a talent for only hearing about these various hashtag festivities well after the fact, but I managed to catch the #wovember / #wearwoolforwovember business before the whole blasted month is over.  So I’m totally using it as a little prompt to go digging in the woollies and wear something other than just what’s still in my coat pocket as I go out and take a walk!

So far so good.

I mean I am fairly well stocked in the hat department.

I don’t think I quite have enough in the current bin to do a different one every month.

But that’s probably more because I’m prone to giving hats away, not because I haven’t knit a month’s worth (I’m a little scared to count how many hats I’ve knit..that would be a bit staggering).  Though now I’m curious to see how long I can keep it up without repeating one…

You can see these day by day (at least as long as I keep it up) over on my instagram account.  And I suspect I may pop in and do blog post round ups every few days (if I manage to stick with it). Anybody else playing along?  I’m finding it more fun than it really should be.  Oh, and if you’re wondering about any of the hats, clicking the pics will take you to their rav pages!

Vagaries (plus giveaway)

From time to time I have one of those days where I very much want to knit…maybe even need to knit…but I absolutely do not have the extra brain cycles to knit anything more complicated than plain stockinette in the round.  On those days, a pattern like Vagaries can be just the thing.

The vast majority of this really is just stockinette in the round.  But somehow those adorable little welts and the contrast color stripes provide just enough distraction to keep it interesting.  I’m pretty sure the secret is picking a yarn you really like (this is Kunlun by Miss Babs, and it is awfully easy to like) and just letting it carry you away!

And then there’s the fun of picking the color for your stripes.  Now…of course you could very easily make this all in one color.  But a tiny stripe of something special is oh so much more fun.  Work it in that color you dearly love but are afraid you can’t quite pull off (though really…if it makes you happy, you can pull it off…happy looks good on you).  Work it with the little bit of leftover yarn that was too fancy to part with (each stripe takes about a dozen yards, you almost certainly have enough).  Work it with that little ball of handspun you made in a class (it’s fine if it’s a little thicker or a little thinner than your background yarn…this pattern is seriously flexible).  Work it in your team colors or your house colors or make a set for the whole family and match the stripes to everyone’s winter coats.  There really are an awful lot of options (and you can even add in more welts and stripes if you’re having too much fun to stop).

And yes the pattern for the little wrist warmers is tucked in there too.  I wanted to take step-by-step photos to show you exactly how to make the welts (they’re easy, I promise), and it seemed like more fun to use wrist warmers for the photos than to show you on a swatch.  And yes…yes I do know exactly how cute these would be as boot toppers!

Now, like I said, the secret to really enjoying this pattern is being sure you’re working with a yarn that mellows you out.  For me, that was Kunlun in a lovely calm gray (it’s called Fieldmouse) with a little hit of green for the contrast (that one’s Hops).  The good folks at Miss Babs want to help one of you achieve a similar state of woolly bliss, so they’re going to send someone a skein of Kunlun in their choice of color (just pretty please pick one of the in stock colors…it’s show season, and sticking with the in stock colors keeps it all more streamlined for them).  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with the name of your favorite of their colorways.

And to spread the love around a little, they’ve also set up the code code KUNLUNHATS to take 10% off all their Kunlun online through November 20th (just remember, that’s online only).  I have a sneaking suspicion I may be taking advantage of that myself here shortly…I promise to leave at least some for you too though!

And in case you need something to do with all that awesome new yarn, the code STRIPES will let you take 10% off the Vagaries pattern on ravelry between now and Friday.  Just put Vagaries in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code STRIPES.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

There’s not too much in the way of fine print.  Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 27, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way (they’ll need to pick a colorway that’s in stock when they’re notified).  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.