Not Quite Right

I don’t know about you, but I’m about finished with all these neckwarmers.  Knitting them, designing them, photographing them, and blogging about them.  I thought today I would catch up on a project I finished a few weeks ago that got eclipsed by other knitting: the One Day Beret. Or, as I’ve come to call it, the Not Very beret.

This pattern is straightforward and can easily be adapted for knitting with just about any yarn.  I decided to use 2 strands of fingering weight sock yarn held together for mine.  My first top down hat started out great.  I followed the instructions completely, doing the recommended lengths on increases and decreases.  It was looking great: slouchy but not too baggy, pretty yarn, perfect for the project’s intended recipient, a girl.

But then I got into the home stretch and decided to blatantly ignore the pattern’s instructions.  I should have known this would end badly.  There’s always a moment when you make a decision where it either feels right or it feels like you know you should have gone another direction.  Guess how I felt? ! You are supposed to go down a needle size before knitting the ribbing.  I thought things were small enough already, what with the yarn and wee needles.  I thought a twisted rib would help bring in the band a little bit.  Knitters, was I wrong!

So I have this beautiful beret with a not very functional band.  Ha-rumph.  Instead of a hipster raspberry beret, I have a pink tube on my head.  I guess it pays to trust the pattern and just have faith it will turn out.  If you want to make this great pattern, take the time to switch needles.  Otherwise, disappointment.

  • Pattern: One Day Beret from Through the Loops

  • Yarn: Claudia’s Handpainted Sock Yarn in Passion Fruit, 2 skeins

  • Needles: US size 3 dpns and a 12-inch circular needle

  • Mods: picked up 3 stitches at the top center of the hat and knit an inch of i-cord.  Oh, and completely ignored some of the instructions.  But you knew that already!

I look forward to trying this pattern again with a bulkier yarn and more attention to the details!

Birth Announcement & Weekend Knitting

I sat down this morning with the intention of writing about knitting.  But something else is on my mind, something decidedly unrelated to knitting in any way. I’m so excited!

Some of you may remember that back in August I was able to set up a new 45-gallon freshwater fish tank.  This was a big step up from my 10 gallon tank, and I have been having so much fun with my fish.  This weekend I went out and bought 2 breeding pairs of mollies, and one of the females was very pregnant.

These fish belong to a group called live bearers, which means the eggs hatch inside the body and the fry are born fully developed.  I have been watching the female very closely over the past two days.  This morning when I got up, I noticed that she was much less bloated than before.  So I started looking around in the plants and gravel and immediately started seeing little fish fry looking back at me!  They are miniature versions of their adult parents, about 1/2 an inch long.  So far I have discovered somewhere between 3 & 5 babies.  Cross your fingers that they make it; these fish are carnivorous…

Okay, so you’ve made it this far.  I suppose you deserve some knitting after reading about my new additions!  I decided to take a break from craft fair knitting this weekend and cast on a new project instead. My first beret, and first top down hat:

This is the One Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur.  What’s great about this pattern is that it is more of a recipe that you can adapt to suit any yarn or gauge.  You kind see it on her blog or on Ravelry.

I originally started this with a hot pink skein of Cascade 220 Superwash, but didn’t like the solid color.  One of the things I loved about the photos I saw on Kapur’s blog was the variegated yarn she used.  So I went to my stash and waited for something to catch my eye.  Out popped 2 skeins of Claudia’s Hand-painted merino sock yarn in Passion Fruit.  I’m holding 2 strands together and using size 4 needles for my beret.

This is a great stashbuster for any odd skeins you have lying around.  And if you don’t have any particular need to knit a beret for yourself or as a gift, consider donating it to Stash and Burn’s project for 7 Long Knits.  Scroll down to episode 58 for details on how you can help comfort some pediatric oncology patients through knitting or crochet.

And because I was going through sock withdrawl, I also cast on a pair of basic socks using Sockotta’s self-fair-isle yarn.  It’s a very relaxing knit, simple stockinette, but the yarn keeps it interesting.

I love smart yarn!

Time to go check on my little Fry Guys.