hats galore!

Hihi! Hope ya’ll are safe and healthy and that your 2023 is starting off positively!

I just wanted to hop on and share some knitted hats I’ve made or am currently working on, starting with a couple I made as Christmas gifts for some of my fellow BTS ARMY. They live in Canada, so I figured wool hats would be a practical gift, and I used sockyarn dyed in colorways based on BTS’ music videos & albums from Hawari Bazaar, which I absolutely love!

This first one is the Barbotine pattern ($4 CAD), worked up in the “Love Yourself” colorway of the Nova Sock yarn. I used the chain plying technique to triple the strands, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out visually (the colors in real life are nicer — the peach is more pink), but I had a bit of trouble with the pattern. I began the brim with the recommended needle size, but it was way too tight, so I frogged it (which is a nightmare when you’re chain plying something) and tried again with the next needle size up. I completed the hat, but it’s still too small, and I don’t have a giant head. It’ll fit on my head but it just feels a bit tight and won’t pull down over my ears as much as I’d like. I’ve never met my friend irl so I’m just hoping she has a small head.

The second one went a bit better:

This one is the Violet Waffles pattern (free), worked up in the “Ddaeng” colorway of the Nova Sock yarn with 2 strands held together. I struggled to get this picture to turn out right, too (but the pattern was fine and the hat fits!). It is a waffle patterned hat and the stripes actually kind of coordinate with the waffle pattern, and I can say it looks better irl, too.

Now for some WIPs:

This is the Le Bonnet de Rosalie pattern (free), and I’m just using some mystery yarn that I think is acrylic (gasp!) It’s going well so far — I did an extra row of knit stitches between the 2nd and 3rd sets of cables, but I don’t think you can really tell unless you’re looking for mistakes, so I didn’t go back and fix it. You can see I did a provisional cast on, which is not called for in the free pattern, but I plan on going back with another yarn (a different mystery acrylic in blue) and making a lining so that the hat is extra toasty!

This may not look like much yet, but I’m always so pleased with long-tail tubular cast-ons so I figured I’d share those foundation rows now hehe. I’m working with Purl Soho’s free Classic Cuffed Hat pattern, although I’m going to alter it a bit, first by not doing the longer fold-up brim. For the cast-on I’m using a pair of plastic needles from this delightful candy-colored set that I think I got off of Amazon a while ago, and I’m actually going to use them for the whole ribbed brim because I’m not going to connect to work in the round until the main body of knit stitches begins. I’ll switch to circulars at that time, and I plan on turning this into a cat ear hat so I’ll just keep working the tube without decreases until the hat is around 7in.(18cm.), and I’ll do a three needle bind off or something along those lines and then invisibly tack down the ears. It’s hard to explain without pictures so I’ll take more as it goes along and share.

One note on the pattern, though: it says to use the larger needles for the ribbing and the smaller needles for the main body of the hat, and that seems contradictory to every single thing I’ve ever read about ribbing — I believe you’re supposed to use the smaller needles for ribbing because the stitches are typically so loose and stretchy — so I’m doing it the other way round. I also sized up the needles, since apparently I just knit tightly.

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately! I did finish my swamp witch costume for the Renaissance Faire, so I’ll share some pictures of that and talk about the different components I made in a future post. I think it turned out really well for my first costume!

That’s all for now, though. Thanks for stopping by! See you soon! ūüôā

almost time!

Christmas is almost here, and I’ve been procrastinating. ¬†I still have one more hat and two more ornaments to make. ¬†Instead though I’ve been working on other stuff.

not your average crochet sockhead slouch hat

My third Sockhat Slouch is coming along nicely.  I have not, however, blocked the Olympia Cowl yet, unfortunately.

Also, the Quick & Simple Granny Shawl pattern is being tested for errors now and will be available soon.

Ok, so I’ve made 2 hats so far for the Pussyhat Project, which is a movement to knit, crochet, or sew 1.17 MILLION pink cat hats for the Women’s March on Washington DC this January 21st, 2017 (the day after that asshat is sworn into office). ¬†I REALLY wanted to go myself and protest for women’s rights but it would be too expensive to drive up there, find a place to stay and places to eat, and get to and from the event. ¬†Since I can’t really afford to take more time off either (more on that in a bit), I decided I’d do my part by making hats.

not your average crochet pussyhat project

Using super bulky yarn (Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend Solids: 80% acrylic, 20% wool) I hope to crochet a bunch of these quickly. ¬†I’ve already got 2 down!

not your average crochet pussyhat project

That is the first one, and you can see it was a little long so I had to roll it up, but it doesn’t look bad with a brim. ¬†My second one, however, is smaller so doesn’t need the rolling.

not your average crochet pussyhat project

I’m using the Black Cat Slouch Hat pattern but if you go to the Pussyhat Project website¬†they have free patterns for different weights of yarn for both knitters and crocheters and directions on where to mail your finished hats. ¬†Just remember they have to receive your hats by January 14th so that they have time to distribute, so account for shipping time!

If you in any way oppose the way Donald Trump speaks about women, or if you fear what his new regime will bring to the progress women’s rights have made over the decades, please consider making a hat. ¬†Using this pattern you can make one in a day, and the ladies there will be outside in potentially very cold conditions and will need thick warm hats. ¬†Please, if you have some pink wool lying around that you haven’t found a project for yet, consider making a hat for the Pussyhat Project and be a part of something incredibly important for women all across the world.

So, like I said above, I can’t go to the march and it’s because (aside from the expense) I just took a whole week off work to go to Arkansas with my mom. ¬†Her sister is very sick and was rushed to the big hospital in Little Rock, where we visited her for a few days and then went to attend to some of her finances, etc. and fortunately see some other family members, too. ¬†My aunt is still in the hospital system and may not be able to move home, so if you pray or anything like that please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

While in Arkansas, we passed a store called “Liquor & Boots.” ¬†It’s a stand-alone store but it has two outside doors, one for the liquor section and one for the boots section. ¬†I failed to get a picture of it since we were driving by, but I thought it was hilarious. ¬†This sign made me laugh out loud, too:

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So thanks Arkansas for that laugh!

When I got home there were more laughs to be had.  My dogs Zero and Roll were playing and I got the best picture ever:

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Bahahaha, it looks like Zero’s about to eat his entire head! ¬†Hehehe she’s really very sweet to Roll and gentle while playing, this just captured a hilarious moment.

Didn’t really feel like there was any time away from work so I’m just as burned out as usual, which is taking a toll, but Christmas break starts this Friday and I get the whole week after that off, so that should be a proper relaxing vacation. ¬†In the meantime I’m going to try my best NOT to return sass with sass or potentially snark, but I’ve already failed a couple of times at restraining my rebuttals over the past 2 days. ¬†Not that I’ve been unprofessional or anything, I just don’t feel like taking shit anymore and it is not OK for older staff to treat me like a child or talk to me disrespectfully. ¬†I’m going to start standing up for myself, even if it’s to people “higher up” than me.

OK I’m done. ¬†Off to start that last Christmas hat… or snuggle with Roll. ¬†He beats Zero at the snuggle game — she just sticks her butt on you. ¬†See you soon!

knitting, big and small

The cowl I’m writing a pattern for has been dubbed The Olympia Cowl, named for an old section of the city I live in. ¬†The knitting has been complete, I just need to block, weave in ends, & take pics!

The Olympia Cowl

I’m really excited about this and I might make a matching hat since I only used 2 of the 5 balls I ordered for this cowl (We Are Knitters Meriwool in Sprinkle Fantasy).

I’ve also started a new Sockhead Slouch Hat, minus the slouch, with KnitPicks Felici in Saltwater Taffy:

Sockhead Slouch Hat - Not Your Average Crochet

This will be slightly different from my first one and from my second one as well (which I never showed you a photo of, so I’ll put it below). ¬†The pattern has proven to be a great looking one but I think I’m knitting too tightly, so I’m having to make some adjustments, & 1 ball of KnitPicks Felici won’t make a slouchy hat anyway.

Sockhead Slouch Hat - Not Your Average Crochet

For this second one I used KnitPicks Chroma Fingering in Manzanita, which was nice but not my fave — the Felici seems softer to me.

Well, that’s all for now. ¬†I’m working on stuff as fast as I can but you know how life gets, especially around the Holidays — planning trips, gift shopping (or in my case, gift making), etc., and my job just changed how everything is done AGAIN and I’m super frustrated about it because I don’t feel listened to or valued anymore.

*sigh* I’m really looking forward to visiting with family, even though sometimes my husband’s large family is a bit overwhelming. ¬†Everyone is always nice, the food is great, and I feel loved. ¬†It’s good to slow down and relax with the fam, & I’m looking forward to going through some old photos with my mom over Christmas break and slowing down the pace a bit at their house, as well.

OK, for real, that’s all for now. ¬†Thanks for stopping by, see you soon! ¬†My granny shawl is dry so I can sew in ends & take photos & write up a pattern for that as well for you guys! ¬†Bye guys!

hats & the arlequin shawl: ta-da!

I know I’ve been slack about posting lately, but I haven’t been slack with my crafting! ¬†Admittedly it’s tapered off from my hat-every-other-day rate and I still have at least 5 Christmas gifts to make, but whatever. ¬†I want to share with you my completed Arlequin Shawl!

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So first, I want to talk up this pattern. ¬†Not only is it free, it’s easy to memorize but not too boring. ¬†The asymmetrical shape was off-putting to me at first but it’s actually kind of fun to play with.

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Now I have to talk up this yarn. ¬†Oh. ¬†My. ¬†Gosh. ¬†I’ve never worked with a fingering/sock weight yarn this soft before. ¬†It’s Lily Neige Single Fingering Alpaga & Soie (alpaca & silk) in colorway Bonbon Harlequin. ¬†This is the same colorway that the pattern calls for only I got the variegated version instead of the long gradient, and it is SO GORGEOUS. ¬†It’s hard to capture just how pretty this yarn is worked up in the garter & stockinette stitches. ¬†Oh and did I mention zero knots?

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I used 1.95 skeins (about 907 yds) and the wingspan was over 8′ during blocking. ¬†I’m glad I made it slightly larger than recommended; it’s a good size for me and it’s actually pretty warm! ¬†The drape is really nice too. ¬†I can’t say how happy I am with this. ¬†I’d definitely recommend the pattern & the yarn!

I also made myself a Sockhead Slouch hat; I felt out of the loop because it seems like everyone has made one of these! ¬†I used exactly half a skein of Julie Asselin Fino (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk) — which is great because I definitely have enough yarn leftover for another hat — in the limited edition colorway Gina’s Dance Off.

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I LOVE this colorway. ¬†The specked yarn trend is awesome, and this colorway really reminds me of the gorgeous yarns from We Love Knitting¬†(only I didn’t have to pay crazy shipping prices).

The hat itself is a good fit, which I was really pleased with. ¬†I didn’t have the required needle sizes at the time so I made this with US sizes 3 & 5, casting on 128 with the smaller needles & using them throughout the ribbing, then switching to the larger ones. ¬†I was a little worried the size would be off but it’s a comfy fit! ¬†It IS really slouchy but the brim can be rolled double or just once really far if I want to wear it as a regular beanie. ¬†Best part of all, it matches my favorite comfy plaid shirt.

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Finally, here’s some crochet. ¬†We were told we HAD to dress up for Halloween for work; I thought about doing something snarky, like writing in Sharpie on a white shirt “404: costume can not be found” or “Costume loading: approximately 8 hours remaining” (that last one was Dad’s idea). ¬†In the end though I thought it might be best to actually put some effort into it so as not to antagonize my boss, but I didn’t have money to buy anything fancy, so what did I do? ¬†Why, crocheted a cat hat, of course!

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I just used a little over 1 skein of Bernat Softee Chunky Solids in black from my local JoAnn’s along with this free Black Cat Slouch Hat pattern. ¬†I didn’t make it a slouch — I did start with the 11″ foundation row as suggested but I didn’t add the border. ¬†I think it looks good; the edge is neat & I like the beanie fit. ¬†This was easy to make & worked up really quickly. ¬†I added a handbell necklace (from my Dad) and attempted wing liner for a cat eye (and for my first try I think I did pretty well) and just wore black clothes. ¬†I actually really love that sweater — it’s oversized & has cables & a silver thread running throughout, and I got it for free from the donations bin there at work (I don’t think it would¬†fit any of the clients). ¬†Actually that’s where I got that mint plaid shirt, too, funnily enough.

And I’ve also made 1 more Ribbed Waffle Hat (my 6th one) as a Christmas gift (yarn: KnitPicks Brava worsted in Fig):

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I really do love these — they’re easy, fast, and they’re stretchy enough to fit everyone comfortably. ¬†Perfect gift, really.

I do have some WIPs that I’m really excited about but this post is already super long so I’ll save them for another time! ¬†If you follow me on Instagram you’ve gotten peeks already!

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you soon!

Christmas gifts ctd.: more hats?!

Hope you guys are liking the doorknob cozy pattern I posted a couple of weeks ago! ¬†I knew I’d get to some crochet after those knitted Christmas hats. ¬†Well, I maaaaay have gone on a hat making spree… Here’s what I’ve done since then:

Ribbed Waffle Hat #2

Ribbed Waffle Hat #2 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Cranberry

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #3

Ribbed Waffle Hat #3 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Avocado (will make a yellow pom-pom so it’s John Deere colors, for my husband’s younger brother)

 

Lace Rib Hat

Lace Rib Hat – 105 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Gold, will probably add a furry pompom

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #4

Ribbed Waffle Hat #4 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Ranch Red

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #5

Ribbed Waffle Hat #5 – 154 yds of Berroco Vintage in 5176

pattern links:

Ribbed Waffle Hat (free)

Lace Rib Hat (free)

Well, as you can tell I’ve been not only on a knitted hat kick but more specifically a Ribbed Waffle Hat kick. ¬†I did go up a needle size for those just to make extra sure they’d fit the heads of all of the men they’re going to for Christmas, and they fit my husband so they should be fine. ¬†I went up a needle size for the Lace Rib Hat too but even so the cast-on was a little tight even for my smallish head — I’d definitely go up 2 needle sizes just for the cast-on if I make this again.

That’s all of the knitted gifts for now. ¬†There are some crocheted ones coming up and a couple of things I’m keeping! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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