Tip top

So this is done…

And it’s unquestionably adorable.  Like that’s totally a good looking hat, no doubt about it.

But wait till you see the top.  I mean that’s just pretty much magic!

I’m not even going to pretend to say anything modest or self effacing.  That’s grand, I love it, and it makes me gloriously happy!

 

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All grown up

So, those itty bitty hats we did back before the holidays?  Yeah, they needed people versions.

Now…I am totally not diligent enough to make all 12 of them into people versions.  Because that is…well…that is an unreasonable amount of knitting/photography to pull off for one pattern.  A dozen hats is a book, not an individual pattern.  I’m just not that cool.

But…I can manage a few…likely three.

So I’ve picked some of my favorites and am zipping along.

Yarns are Alegria Grande (in Natural) and Maxima (in Daffodil), both by Manos del Uruguay (looks like one skein of each yarn should be enough to knit two hats).  If I knit with a color called daffodil, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make the flowers come up sooner right?  That’s totally how it works?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

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Insides

Remember how I was smitten with the outside of the cuff increases?  Well the inside is also oddly charming.

Same with the inside of the stripe.

Now, I don’t think it’s necessarily practical to actually think of these as reversible (I can’t think of a suitably hidden way to weave in the contrast color ends to pull that off…

But it is pretty enough I like flipping it inside out from time to time to coo over it (though this does slow down the knitting quite a bit if you indulge in it too much).  And I do think I might put the thumb together that way in future for something that is reversible.

 

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Tidy

You know me. You know I love a tidy thumb gusset.  And this?  This is astonishingly tidy.

I mean it’s not hard.  It’s not even fiddly.  It’s just…it’s just splendid.  I’m actually sort of in love with my whole thumb plan for these.

And honestly, it looks just as good on the inside.  Which I’ll show you real soon here (I have to get things ready for the hat to come out Tuesday first, but it’s coming).

 

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Yup, that’s what it needed

So. That was fun!  I mean really rather more fun than someone who is ostensibly and adult should be having with a pompom.

I probably shouldn’t be this tickled but I absolutely am.

And yes of course you can pop the pompom out if you’re not feeling it.  But I think your day will be better if it’s on there.

Pattern soon.  Very very soon actually…like probably next week.  I basically need to block it and get photos. I’m trying to show you things much closer to when the patterns come out because I’ve heard waiting is no fun.  It’s got all the info you could want on how to do that stripe (no really…it’s easy…I’m scared of colorwork and I can do it, so you can too) and how to do clever detachable pompoms (though we’ll be talking about that here too when it comes out).

 

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Companion

So…there’s a fair bit of yarn left over after the hat.  Not just the orange, which I knew I’d have miles of.  But the gray too.  I feel like the hat needs a friend, don’t you?

I thought you might.  Now as always, it’s a good idea to weigh your yarn.  If you’re going to do something that comes in pairs, it’s much more fun to know how much you can use for each one ahead of time.  Go ahead…ask me how I know.  Just guess how many times that bit me in the hindquarters before I stopped being a dunce.  Use your scale (I like this one because it goes down to tenths of a gram, which can be handy for things like laceweight where half a gram of yarn is actually kind of a lot, as always, amazon links are affiliate links).

But from what I can tell, I’m going to have plenty of yarn.  I suspect these shall be grand!

 

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Zipping along

That?  Well that’s just about done!

And you know what that means.

That means it’s just about time to do the pompom party.

Because I’m pretty sure I have pompoms all figured out, and I need some sort of public reassurance that I’m not the only one amused by this.

 

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No, I do not have a gray hat problem

I mean perhaps I have a propensity for them…but I wouldn’t call that a problem.

I mean how can something that lovely be a problem.  A fascination maybe, but not a problem.

Though the inside bit is unreasonably distracting…especially once you realize you can just slip the orange stitches off the needle and tug and they’ll unravel separately.  I mean don’t do that, they’re a bear to put back.  That would be a problem.  But it’s the knitting equivalent of a Do Not Enter sign.  You just really really really want to do it because you’re not supposed to.  Or maybe that’s only me!

 

 

Easily Distracted

So remember that orange stripe business from a few weeks ago?  The one with the pretty Manos yarn?  Uh huh, well it’s apparently grabbed my attention and it’s not letting go.

Which really isn’t a bad thing.

But it does mean you’re going to be seeing a fair bit of this for the foreseeable future.

But again, there are worse fates!

And done!

The blue hat? The one I suspect I’m not alone in finding unreasonably amusing? Yeah, it’s all done.  Now clearly I need to block it.

And I need to get it a proper photo shoot.  (Can we talk about the snow? And how the snow is sort of messing with my plans in that regard? Could one of you maybe do something about that?  Think spring.  Think melt. You can do it!)

But the knitting bit is done (and pretty…I really really like this one).

And, happily enough, the pattern making bit is done too.  And that means it will be coming out here very very shortly.  Like next Tuesday.  (I hear from you guys that you don’t like to wait between seeing the projects and being able to get the patterns, so I’m trying to make those happen closer together…there are some practical difficulties with that, but I’ll see what I can do.)

The yarn is Silk Blend by Manos del Uruguay in Ice Melt (you’ll need two skeins…you want something like 250 yards of DK, more like 300 of fingering on hand to be safe) in case you want to go stash diving or yarn shopping now.

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