citadel hat progress

I’ve been working on the Citadel hat and I’m using the yarn from the frogged Angel scarf for the lining.  Originally I’d planned the reddish coral yarn from here to be the lining but I decided I loved it so much I wanted to save it for something you’d see a bit more.  Well, the provisional cast-on has been removed and here’s what I’ve got:

citadel hat color join

I’m using the Navajo 3-Ply Technique to triple the thickness of the yarn, even though the pattern says you only need to hold 2 strands of the lace weight yarn together…  3 is working well!

The silky yarn will be better against hair than the wooly one would be, anyway, so maybe this is best.

There was an issue with the join that I wanted to ask you about: when you do a provisional cast on and start knitting the other way, do you prefer the last row of the old color or the first row of the new color to be twisted?  See what I mean here, my last row of the dark grey is twisted:

citadel hat color join closeup

Well, I’ll update soon hopefully.  I’m really liking this hat (although I don’t know when it will ever be cold enough to use it in South Carolina)!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Citadel hat: halfway done!

I’ve been working on a knitting project called the Citadel hat (free pattern), and I’m already halfway through!

Citadel hat halfway through
“But that looks almost complete,” you might be thinking, but the Citadel hat is lined! The provisional cast-on will soon be connected to either a light silver or a coral colored yarn (not sure which yet), which will be worked in stockinette for the entire second layer.  The yarn I used (click here for more info) might not have been the best idea, even though it’s gorgeous and works up so nicely, because the slight variations in color make the stitch pattern a bit difficult to see, but I love it anyway.

Upon trying it on, it’s a tad big for my smallish head, but with the lining I bet some of that space will be filled up (and I like roomy hats that will cover my ears, anyway, so it’s perfect).

Well, that’s all for now!  Thanks for stopping by!

a great opportunity to get some fabulous yarny items on Etsy!

Ruth from Ruth Plus Two has generously given readers of Not Your Average Crochet a discount coupon for her Etsy Store!  Use the coupon NOTYOURAVERAGE10 at ruth plus two for a 10% discount on purchases over A$30 (approx. US$24) until midnight 30 June (AEST).

Thanks Ruth for the coupon code!

crochet Angel scarf: begin!

Already frustrated.  Firstly with myself for spending almost $4 on a pattern that’s just treble shells (I should have noticed that), and secondly with my scarf, which isn’t looking like the one on the pattern page (although I bet blocking would help, but probably not that much).  Thirdly because the photos aren’t doing the beautiful yarn justice.

angel scarf first rows

I’m thinking about ripping this out.  I’ve already spent hours on it already but the yarn is so great I want to use it for an item I’ll actually use.  The yarn is from Welthase on Etsy, by the way.

angel scarf

*sigh* I’ll look up patterns on Ravelry and see what else I could make…

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stoppping by!

5 yarn shops to visit on Etsy (& 9 I want to try!)

5 yarn shops to visit on etsy

Shops you should visit:

Supernatural Yarns

I purchased book/movie themed yarn from this store called “Effie – Nymph Sock” and it was great — no knots, soft, lovely colors.

Welthase

I purchased multiple yarns from this store, the “lace merinosilk,” the “lace supersilk,” and the “BFL sporty DK,” all of which are lovely.  The silk in particular is super-soft, and the dyes for all of them are beautiful.  No knots.

Dye For Yarn & Dye For Wool

This is kind of two for one, but these shops are run by the same lovely ladies (who provide excellent customer service, by the way — like for realsies, they are SO nice).  I’ve used their “merino/babycamel” fingering weight yarn and it is SO soft, SO gorgeous, and I liked it so much I’ve used it in a giveaway (and there’s more where that came from — stay tuned for more of that this year!).  Oh and no knots!

Ruth Plus Two

From this fellow blogger I have purchased some cute stitch markers, but I’d love to try the yarn too!

Brazen Stitchery

This shop has moved to it’s own domain but you can find it through the remaining Etsy shop.  I purchased another book/movie themed yarn from them, their “District 12″ sock yarn, and it was soft, warm, and nice to use.  And no knots.

Shops I want to try:

KnitCircus Yarns

I really want to try their gradient yarns, they’re really pretty!

Two Black Sheep Yarn

Again, gorgeous gradients.  I want them all.

Ozifarmer’s Market

Not only do they have gorgeous gradients, but I’ve heard the yarn quality is really nice too!

Wollelfe

Beautiful, giant gradients!

V Yarn

Geeky themed colorways, including Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and many more!

Kettle Yarn Co.

These just look like gorgeous colors.  Love!

We Will Tell You All of Our Secrets

The colorways are pretty, and the maker designs great patterns too!

crocheTime

Run by another fellow blogger, this store has some brands I’ve been itching to try!

Natali Sterwart Hand Dyed Yarn, Fiber, & Textiles

Lovely dark gradients and colorways.

 

So have you tried any of these stores before?  I’d love to know if you’ve tried any yarns from any of the stores listed, particularly the ones I’m wanting to try!  Are they good?

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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