I have an unhealthy relationship with blocking…

More pieces for Curls 3 have started to come in, and I love each and every one.  I cannot wait to get them properly blocked and show off their full glory.  But until then, you’ll have to be content with a little peek at them fresh off the needles.

That’s out of Knit Circus’ Magnificent DK.

And that’s out of Spun Right Round’s Squish DK.

Oh wait, it’s reversible, so let’s see both sides.

Now of course you’ll get to see them as they get blocked.  But sometimes you can just tell ahead of time that things are just going to be marvelous.  And this?  This is one of those times!

More peeks at Curls 3 things over here.  And later this week we’ll start talking all about Silk Road Socks (which yes, is out later this month, yay!).

 

Circumvolute (plus giveaway)

I think it’s time we have a new pattern, don’t you?  Around here there’s still plenty of time to bang out a hat or two before spring starts flirting with us, and Circumvolute is a lovely choice.

Now, I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been seeing lots and lots and lots of lovely speckled yarns.  Usually I see one, fall hopelessly in love, buy it, take it home, then swatch and swatch and swatch and never quite sort out something that works with the yarn.  But these hats fix that.

I finally figured out that speckled yarn likes to shine on its own.  You have to give it some stockinette to show off all its fancy colors.  But no one should have to do a whole hat worth of stockinette, so you need to find a way to sneak something else in there to stay sane.

And for these hats, that something else is lovely slipped stitch cables.  The slipped stitches play nicely with the speckles (it’s awesome when you get a bright splotch of color lined up just so on the elongated stitch).  But they still leave plenty of space for the yarn to be the star of the show.

The yarn I used here is Squish DK by Spun Right Round in the color Bug Jar, and I’m rather taken with it (if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed I used it again in a different color for the purple hat and mitts I just finished up).  Renee’s color are fabulous.  They strike just the right mix of taking me out of my comfort zone while still making beautiful projects.

And she’s offered to send a skein of her Squish DK off to one of you in the winner’s choice of color.  All you have to do is head over to her shop then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite color (be sure you check out her sold items too, there are even more colorways to see there!).  I used Bug Jar here, though I keep staring at The Walkers, and if I wanted to be brave, I’m awfully drawn to Grafitti Overlay.  I can’t wait to hear which colors tempt you the most!

And though I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code SPECKLES to get 10% off the pattern between now and Friday.  Just put Circumvolute in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SPECKLES.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, February 10, 2017 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.

All mine

I feel downright devious…the hat pattern in this yarn is coming next week.  The pictures are done.  The pattern is done.  It’s all set up and ready to go and I love it to pieces.

And now?  Now I have grabbed the tiny bits of leftover yarn and am just playing.  I’m making myself some teeny tiny afterthought cuffs to go along with the hats.  Just for fun, just to use up the extra yarn, just because I can.

They’re not going into a pattern (the won’t even be done by the time the hats come out), they don’t need notes, they don’t need photos…they’re just mine.  And it feels deliciously deviant.

 

Just a bit more

Remember the gray hats with the yellow speckles?  These pretty things?

They’re coming out next week (if you want me to remind you when they come, you can make that happen here).  But I cheated and took pictures of them back in October when we were in Maine, so I’ve been wearing them for the last few months.  And I’ve come to the realization that I totally want some sort of hand thing to go with them.

Now, there’s not much yarn left…and what there is differs a bit skein to skein.  One skein has heavier speckles than the other, which is fine for two different hats but would bug me if one mitt had more speckles than the other.  So I made a plan.

I split the leftovers of each skein exactly in two, and I’m going to use half of each skein’s leftovers on each mitt.  Yes, this is nuts.  No, I don’t care.  I’ll be happier with the result, and it’s totally totally fine to be a bit nuts if it makes you happy!

Tippy top

As promised, here’s the top of the hat.

It hasn’t quite been blocked yet (because blocking means I need to clean my sink, and that is just currently too hard), but you can still see it’s going to be nifty.

It does a lovely poufy, structured thing when you’ve got it on, and that should be even more pronounced once it’s had a nice firm block (I’m considering using paper clips or something to help emphasize the pleats when I block it…I’ll show it off if I do and it works well.

And no, I’m still not quite sure which part will be the front and which the side.  I’m pretty sure I like it both ways!

If all goes according to plan, I’ll likely be looking for testers for this pattern and the matching mitts next week (there’s a testing thread over in my rav group where I announce that stuff if you’d like to keep an eye out for it).  And if we ever have a day of nice weather again, I might even get the pattern out this spring!

 

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And now we knit

This is at the point where we just go round and round and round until it’s tall enough.

Which shouldn’t take too terribly much longer.  Maybe a few more inches…

And, as usual, this one will have quick quick quick decreases (I have a plan for this little pinwheel looking thing I think will be awesome), so I’m trying it on like this every few rows to see how it fits.  Won’t be long now!

 

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Bigger and bigger

The hat continues to grow.

I continue to like how ribbing looks and behaves slightly (ever so slightly) more than I dislike actually knitting it.

And I am quite looking forward to watching these go careening about.  It should just about be consolation for all that ribbing.

We’re going to have to have a long chat about those increases at some point.  They’re just lifted increases, but fiddled about with just a bit to keep them nicely matched.  I’m dearly hoping I can find someone else that has done a lovely, thorough explanation of them and just point at that.  But if not, I may have to break down and do it myself.  Because they really are too tidy not to share!

 

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Two down

One mitt two mitt red mitt blue mitt (well…purple mitts, but we’ll call that a fair interpretation of the text).

And, just because it’s how these things go around here, a hat sort of leapt on the needles. to go with it.

 

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Matched

This is one of those tiny tiny things that likely matters to no one but me, but I deeply love how nicely these increases are mirrored.  It’s a tiny bit fiddly, and I’ll have to explain it all in the pattern, but wow is it satisfying to the part of my brain that thrives on this sort of thing!

Clicking along

It’s grown!  First mitt is more or less sorted save for a thumb.

15534970_1822967851292542_424440792883396608_nAnd the second has leapt on the needles and gotten underway.

14582469_102168156953412_3053066395576172544_nAnd, as so often happens, the hat is being planned.  Because I intend to wear these all the time, and I totally want to have a hat to match!