Elf Hats

It’s amazing how much knitting a person can get done when they are watching the Hawkeye game.20181111_0845223324469343946049205.jpgThe elf hats were nice and quick, and now I’m back to knitting with natural fibers. I’m about to cast on a hat because I lost my Gretel Tam again. I am going to start a Sitka Spruce hat from Tin Can Knits as soon as I sit down to knit again. Hopefully I don’t lose or felt this hat.

Uh Oh

I accidentally felted one of my favorite hats. It must have been under of my sweatshirt when I picked it up and put it in the laundry. I didn’t notice it until I was folding the laundry. It still fits, it just looks weird. It is not the cool, slouchy hat it once was.

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New Hats

I finished the Little Boxes hats for Audrey and Elliot yesterday. They both love having a hat that matches Daddy’s.20181028_1151397766422218341926674.jpg

I didn’t adapt the pattern much. I did not adjust the number of cast on stitches. The hat is stretch enough it works in the adult size, and this way they will be able to wear them for several years. I reduced the number of pattern repeats by 1/3. 20181028_1151425638508863825725659.jpg

I hope that there isn’t much need for warm wool hats for another month, but it is the end of October and this is Iowa, so we will probably need them before too long.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I’m now off to watch football and drink tea and knit obsessively.

WIP Wednesday: 42/52

Happy Wednesday! It has been a busy week for me, made worse by my obsession with finishing my sweater. All I’ve wanted to do is work on the sweater. Not because I love knitting it, but because I just wanted to be done.

Thankfully my obsession paid off, as I finished my sweater yesterday. The Yarn Blabber is right, when you are monogamous with a project it really flies. The sweater is badly in need of a good blocking, but I can tell it is going to be a nice wardrobe addition. I’ll post better pictures after blocking. As you can tell I was so excited I didn’t even get out of my bunnies riding bikes pajamas to take the photos (I’m super fancy).

I started working on a new hat for the kids once I was done with the sweater. I’m making both kids Little Boxes Beanies to match John’s. Elliot insists on wearing his “Daddy hat” all summer, so I wanted to make him a hat like Daddy’s for winter. I have enough yarn to make two kids hats, so I’m just going to make two to avoid any potential fighting (trust me, it’s easier that way). I hope to finish both of the hats this week, as when I’m finished with them I can cast on a new shawl for myself.

After I finish the hats it is back to having socks as a travel project. I turned the heel on my first Up All Night sock earlier this week, so I am making some progress on them. I fear I might be a bit burnt out on socks at the moment.

Do you ever need a break from knitting your favorite thing to knit?

WIP Wednesday: 17/52

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been getting a lot of knitting done this week, yet I still haven’t finished the second sock for John. I’m getting close to the heel though. We went to see Infinity War last night, and I discovered I can knit socks in a dark theater. I was able to get about three inches of leg done during the movie.

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I have been obsessively working on my scrap yarn blanket. I finished weaving in the ends and I’ve started the applied i cord. I have never added an i cord edging before, and it has quickly become a favorite technique. It is really giving the blanket a finished look. I’m a little over a quarter done with the i cord. I hope to finish it before my next trip home to visit my parents, as I would like to use my mom’s clothesline to block it.

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I managed to finish my hat last week too. It’s the Gretel Tam by Ysolda Teague. I’ve made it at least four times. The cables just make me so happy.

I’m not planning to cast on any other projects until the blanket is done….unless I finish the socks. A person should always have a pair of socks on the needles for on the go knitting.

What are you working on this week?