This Little Ziggy

After a recent trunk show at Stash, I was smitten with the Ziggy hat from PDXKnitterati. Lorajean of Knitted Wit had some small skeins of her polwarth silk blend wound up, and we got to pick and choose colors, which is always fun. I went with my standard color combo of purple and green, with a little blue thrown in.

This was a fast, fun, and addictive knit. I knit the pattern as written until the top when I opted for a short icord.  All the while I could be heard muttering “one more repeat…must get to the next color…”
This was intended for PB, but given her last reaction to something I knit, I decided to keep it at the shop for a bit. Which means that when little friends drop in for a visit, I make them try it on and pose for me. Can you say “future knitter”?



Now that I’ve got this toddler knitting out of my system, I’m moving forward with some selfish knitting for a bit.  On the needles right now? A sweater and a hat, and it feels great!


A November Miracle

Yesterday we all ventured out into the backyard during a now rare dry afternoon. I wanted to check on the orangeness of my sugar pumpkins (not much improvement) and snap some photos of PB in her new beret. Imagine our surprise and delight to discover these jewels:

This is the Petite Beret from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. I have made a few things from this book, and have enjoyed them all; well worth a flip through if you have a babe in your life. This one just fits, and I am hoping it will last through the winter. Of course, there are a ton more cute kid’s hat patterns out there to try out if it doesn’t.

I knit this out of the rather luxurious Panda Silk DK that I got in a stash swap several months ago. The color reminds me of fall; tart cranberries (or raspberries as the case may be) and deep purple leaves. Turns out I didn’t put this in Ravelry, and it’s been finished for a few weeks, so not sure on the details. It took less than a ball, and I may have added the little icord topper. How’s that for detailed?!

I’ve got that what-to-knit next twitch now, and am flailing around my personal stash looking for ideas and inspiration.  I want to make some toddler vests, a sweater for myself, a hat and mitt set, and perhaps even a new neckwarmer.  How do you harness your creative energy and decide on a project? Do you just cast on with wild abandon? Help!
Hope your week has you discovering some colorful surprises and other good things, too.

Quincy, Quickly

I needed an instant gratification project.  All these summer socks and shawls are well and good, but they take time.  Plus, my hands needed a break from those small needles and skinny yarn.

Enter Quincy and Cascade 128 Bulky.

This hat is classic Jared Flood elegance and creative construction.  It knits up quickly with its garter stitch body, yet provides interesting tidbits of construction along the way with an i-cord edging, provisional cast on, and grafted seam.  Simple yet tasty, and very satisfying.

My gauge was a bit big; you can see my resulting modifications here.  As quirky as Quincy is, I am liking it more and more.  It was a pleasure to knit (quickly!), and is a soft, squishy hat that feels great on.

Rose Verde

There has been knitting going on around here, in small amounts here and there.  I have to admit, I’m a bit surprised I’ve been able to get any in at all. My hands are very full, but there is some down time while PB sleeps, or someone else is entertaining her.  I’ve also mastered knitting, computing, and moving around while she’s in a sling, which is very nice indeed.

In the last week of my pregnancy, I went on a cast-on spree.  I started some fingerless mitts, a beret, a baby hat.  You’ve seen the hat, and I just realized I haven’t taken photos of the mitts, but I can show you the beret:

Knitting this felt somewhat like a race against time.  I wanted to finish it before the baby came, or at least get through the meatier bits of the pattern. Fortunately, I was able to finish the cable charts before going into labor, which meant I only had the band to finish up later.

  • Pattern: Rose Red by Ysolda Teague (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Misti Alpaca Worsted Solids in C815, about 165 yards
  • Needles:  US 6/4 mm  and US 4/3.5 mm
  • Mods:  I wanted a more snug looking band, so I knit pattern as written thru row 64. Then I switched to smaller needles and did the following: row 65: k2, p1, p2tog* ; row 66: k2, p2* ; continued in k2 p2 ribbing for one inch, then bound off with larger needles.

Once again, I am pleased and impressed with Ysolda’s impeccible design.  This looked very complicated to me in the beginning, but she walks you through every step in the pattern, offering up both charts and written instructions.  The lace inside the cables was highly entertaining, and I loved working toward the next change to see how it would all come together.  It is also knit from the top down, which is quickly becoming my favorite way to knit a hat; not only does the pattern slowly reveal itself from a new perspective, it allowed me to customize the band at the last minute.

This yarn was also a delight to work with.  The alpaca is light as air, softly haloed, and the color…  Well, the color is a saturated grassy green, with a hint of gold spun in for depth.  While it did like to split on the needles every once in a while, it was great to work with over all.  It knits up into a light yet very warm and effective fabric.  I originally bought 2 skeins of this yarn, so now I feel challenged to use the other skein to make something warm and matchy to go with the hat.  Snapdragon or Veyla mitts, perhaps?

Ravelympic Rebellion

As the Olympics are winding down, so too is my enthusiasm for my Ravelympic knitting project. What started out as a fun, exciting way to participate in an international knit-along has turned into something that feels a lot like homework.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of a knit-along, or even the project I chose. In fact, I had fun sharing my ideas and progress with others at first. I just don’t think I am up to the task of knitting under a deadline, even a self imposed one.

The first week (and sock) was great fun. But as I finished sock one and forced myself to cast on for sock two, I found myself lusting after other projects. I wanted to stay monogamous, but as you can see from my last post, I faltered and fell into bed with some instant gratification knitting. I kept telling myself that when I finished the first sock I could knit a neckwarmer. A little incentive never hurt, right? So I did the neckwarmer, and when I finished I was happy to work on the sock for a little bit.

Then yesterday I didn’t really want to knit on the sock at all. I took it to knit with a friend over coffee and couldn’t focus on it, in part because I was having such a good time chatting, but mainly because I don’t think I care about finishing on time anymore.

So I started a new project. It’s fun, fast, and most importantly it’s not a sock.

The pattern is the Unoriginal Hat by the Yarn Harlot in Crystal Palace Iceland wool.

Something tells me that as soon as the Olympics are over and I’ve finished the hat that I’ll have no problem going back to the sock. This is my rebellious streak coming out, I suppose. That’s something my friend and I were discussing yesterday: what does your relationship with your knitting say about who you are as a person? What does it mean if you are a knitter who enjoys starting multiple projects, or works on one project at a time faithfully? What about those of us who plan out our projects for a long time before casting on versus those of us who spontaneously jump into projects? Are you a monogamous knitter or do you have a harem of projects?

What, if anything, do you think knitting says about your personality? Please share your thoughts on this one; I am dying to know what other knitters and crocheters think!

For now I’ll stick to knitting what makes me happy while pondering the deeper meaning of my knitting habits…