So, stuff!

So clearly I’m way behind on blogging. This means that I have the freedom to choose among several topics for a while.

But first, the shop. So it was updated, and has been quickly being depleted. I will be updating it again soon. I will be updating again on Monday, assuming we don’t get hit with a snowstorm… Which is a pretty fair assumption since we’re at less than half the usual snow for our area. DC has stolen all our snow, and more since they have wetter air. Going to be really rough on our water table.

Until then, here’s an actual knitting project I did. It’s a hat that I started on the plane down to my New Years Eve get together in the Outer Banks. I didn’t have any pattern or anything, so I cast on from memory, and unfortunately misremembered the size of a head. I thought I was casting on an extra 10 stitches, to account for the cabling, but instead I cast on 10 less than normal. Doh.

My own pattern, and mostly a proof of concept for doing separated cables. It came out very well.

Hat

See? I was pretty happy. Unfortunately, those missing ten stitches are a full pattern repeat, and make the hat rather… small for my fat head. Doh! So, I couldn’t wear it. Luckily, I have friends with kids. So, I dyed it. Red!

Hat

Here, you can see why I couldn’t wear it myself. Look how it pulls all to heck around the eyes of the cables.

Hat

You can also see why people strongly suggest dyeing the yarn, not the finished item. I worked pretty hard (and I’m pretty sure the recipient doesn’t mind) but getting the dye in under the cables is almost impossible. I should, however, have added more salt (to slow dye reaction) which might have helped. But it still came out pretty well, no?

I used about 150 yards or so of some grey Cascade 220 I happened to have lying around.

As I said, it’s a proof of concept hat. I’m working on two patterns based on it. One that’s still fairly conservative and one that’s requiring a rather extensive charting. More updates on those as they progress.

That’s all for now. See you soon!

~The Gnome

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2 Responses
  1. Moose says:

    Thats an awesome hat. I’m so happy to have mine which helped keep me warm during the Snowpocalypse 2010!!

  2. KnittyBe says:

    I can tell you that red hat has been enjoyed VERY much this winter. She gets lots of compliments on it too!

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