Petiole (plus giveaway)

So confession time, there’s something about knitted leaves.  I’m not honestly sure what, and I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be this satisfying.  But who am I to argue.  I like them, and I suspect you do too.  Especially the adorable ones in Petiole!

DSC_1461 copySo the hat’s great fun.  It’s tidy and orderly and totally worth working all that ribbing for the brim (you’ve know me long enough to know I go a bit cross eyed when asked to do more than three rows of ribbing).  And of course the crown is downright lovely (because no one has time for boring crowns).

DSC_1501 copyBut if we’re being honest, I suspect these little cuffs are the real star here.  Just look how adorable they are.  Nothing has any right to be that cheerful.

DSC_1495 copyThat little leaf at the top nestles in right at the space between your thumb and forefinger.  And no, it probably isn’t doing much to keep you warm.  But oh my goodness it’s doing its part to keep you happy.  And really, sometimes that’s what we want from a little bit of yarn, isn’t it?

DSC_1519 copyI actually think this whole set is doing more than its fair share to increase happiness through yarn.  I suspect it’s the leaves (maybe it’s because they’re so logical to knit, just nice orderly increases and decreases structured in a way that makes your knitting easy to read?), but I’m not going to argue with it!

DSC_1476 copyThough really, at least some of it could be the yarn!  I used Tosh Vintage, which is always fun to work with (their colors are just so pretty every time).  Mine is in Amber Trinket (though my skein seems to be much pinker than what they show on their website…almost closer to their Begonia Leaf or Sugar Plum colors).  And I’ve got a skein of the same base in a lovely deep blue to send home with one of you.  If you think it should be yours, just leave a comment telling me what’s the most cheerful bit of knitting you’ve ever done (finger puppets? baby hats? tea cozy?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to hear what you guys are up to!)

And while I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code CHEERY to get a dollar off the price between now and Friday.  Just put Petiole in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code CHEERY.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

DSC_1431 copyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 21, 2016 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  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.  Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

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Oh hey, knitting…

So it’s been a while, but some of you may remember sometimes I do this thing where I use two sticks to tie long pieces of string in fancy knots.  Then I take pictures of the knots and talk about them on the internet.  Which I know sounds odd, but it’s been a while since I’ve had time to do it (there was this book thing…it was time consuming), and I find I sort of miss it.  So, how about a picture of some fancy knots.

petioleThat’s the reknit of my old Petiole pattern.  The original pattern had the hat (though no brim) and the cuffs (though much shorter).  But I had enough yarn left over here this time that I simply had to make a little scarf to go with it.  Mine is short (I’ll hold it on with a pin), but you could totally go long if you had the yarn (and the patience).

And a Good Plan it Was

There was a plan.  It was a plan that involved me finishing the hat and the mitts while we were up here and taking pictures here.  I even demonstrated an impressive amount of forethought and planning by bringing appropriate blocking gear and the stuff to make my hair all shiny and well behaved.  But then, the leftover yarn proved too much for me to resist, and I had to make a neck thing.

Alas, the neck thing won’t be done while we’re here (close, but not quite).  And while I did bring mitt blockers (as you do), I did not bring blocking mats and pins.  That would be taking things too far.  So for now, you will have to settle for the hat and mitts.  I’ll finish the neck thing up soon and see what I can do about pics when I get home.

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Extras

The hat and cuffs are done.  Even done and blocked.  But there was far too much yarn left to just let it sit about unused, so I decided to do an alarmingly small scarf.  It will be a wee little thing, just the sort of fluff that wraps around your neck and pins in place with a lovely fastener (I may possibly have obtained said fastener when I stopped by String Theory, but that’s a story for another time).  It’s well underway and will be shown off more in the days to come.

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As Promised

Despite that wee bit of pre-trip knitting that resulted in the unexpectedly early completion of the hat and one mitt, I did manage to save some knitting for the trip.

DSC_2366As proof, I offer the mitt on the needles on the conveniently photogenic moldering log located beside the place we are staying.  It will be done with just a few more minutes of knitting, and then that lovely great pile of remaining yarn will get turned into some sort of snuggly neck thing.  I am fairly sure it will be delightful.

Best of Intentions

I meant for this to be road knitting.  Really I did.  But the hat was finished, and I had just a few minutes, and I felt like knitting.  Then, somehow, all of a sudden…there it was. DSC_2350

All I can say is that it is damn cute, and I’m not really sure how much apologizing can be done for that level of cuteness.  And now that I see how little yarn it takes (and how much of my second ball I have left over), I find myself wondering if a little cowl might round out this set nicely…

Ahead of Schedule

I know that this was supposed to be road knitting.  And I know that this is a finished hat perched on my back fence.

hat finishedAll I can say is that it’s an easy pattern, it’s a pretty yarn, and sometimes I fall prey to knitting spurts and need to bang these things out quickly.  In my defense, I will take the mitts on the road.  And perhaps this way I can get pattern pics while I’m away and re-release this pattern this season.

Persevere

When last we left the hat, I was wrestling with the perpetual brimmed hat question…will my laziness win out? Or will I conquer the deep folded brim.  Four full inches of 1 by 1 twisted ribbing later, I can proudly say I was victorious.

hat brimIt looks ridiculous when it’s left unfolded of course, but when it’s turned up, it’s adorable.

hat midNow comes the too short/too long/too short/too long dance that marks the final few inches of every hat.  I have high expectations for this one.

How to Knit a Hat

The hat is underway.  The hat, destined as it is to have a nice deep brim, begins with an almost interminable stretch of 1 x 1 twisted ribbing.  The hat is whispering to me how much more interesting life will be when I start the patterned bit, and I am firmly pointing out that it will be more fun to wear with a deep brim.  I’ll let you know how the conflict ends.  In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you how to knit a hat.

DSC_22911) Decide upon yarn, pattern, and needles.

2) Knit a nice swatch and, armed with a firm knowledge of both your head size and basic math, figure out what size you should make.

3) Cast on for the appropriate size and start knitting.

4) Become convinced that there is no way this hat could ever conceivably fit a human head; it is far too small.  Continue to knit.

5) Become convinced that there is no way this hat could ever conceivably fit a human head; it is far too small.  Continue to knit.

6) Become convinced that the hat is far too short.  Continue to knit.

7) Become convinced that the hat is far too tall.  Continue to knit.

8) Do some decreases.  Remain convinced that the hat will never ever ever fit.

9) Block the hat.  Try it on.  Be amazed how well it fits.

This is the process I have followed for every single hat I’ve ever knit.  I’m on step 4 now.  At least I know what to expect.

Lifecycle

Once, long ago, I took a weekend trip.  It was cold, so I made a hat.  I had a tiny bit of yarn left, so I made some very very wee cuffs to go with it.  Then, as is the way with knitted things, I wore the heck out of them.  They’ve been used for four winters, and they are showing some serious signs of wear.

DSC_2270 But, this isn’t all bad.  I’ve been having great fun reworking and re-releasing old patterns.  I’ve always wanted the mitts to be a bit taller, and I’ve been feeling the need for a hat with a lovely folded up brim.  Throw in just the right yarn, and an upcoming car trip, and I feel a hat coming on.  Again.

DSC_2271How about you guys, do you ever go back and re-knit old favorites when they wear out?  Any patterns you knit over and over?  Or are you always ready to move on to the next thing?