FO Friday

I cast on two hats for International Cast On All The Things Month. They are both finished.

The first is a pumpkin baby hat. John’s best friend and his wife are new parents, so I made them my traditional baby gift. I’ve been making this for so long I have no idea what the pattern is. Now I just need to get this mailed.

The second finished object is a Puimcin Hat. I noticed the hat while watching the Caught In The Wool Podcast by Bumbleebee Acres. I bought a kit as soon as it came out. The yarn, marshmallow worsted, was great to work with. I probably should have gone up a needle size, but would have run out of yarn.

You make a woven button to top the hat. I loved making the button, and think I’ll use the technique again. Please ignore the wonkiness at the bottom of the button, I have fiddled with the button since taking the photograph and it looks much better.

We went to the orchard yesterday, and I found the hat really works with the Wear All The Wool look I’ve been going for lately.

Did you finish anything this week?

September Cast On

My scheduled cast on for this month was a shawl, which I’m not feeling at the moment. Instead of knitting something I’m not sure I want to make I decided to get a jump start on my Christmas knitting by making an Apiculture Hat for my SIL who has aspirations to become a bee keeper.

Once I started this hat I couldn’t stop, so it went very fast. I used Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn, which is smooshy and rustic at the same time. My favorite part of this hat is the crown.

Now that I’ve finished my September projects it’s back to my WIPs. What are you working on this month?

Arachne Final Update

My Arachne is done! I love it. I wore it for driveway knitting earlier this week even though it was above 70 and a heavy wool sweater was not necessary. I’ll be wearing this sweater constantly until Halloween.

I adapted the pattern heavily and actually kept notes in my Ravelry project page. I gained a lot of confidence making this sweater. I took a pull over and made it a cardigan. I added pockets. I changed the weight of the yarn. I feel like a fancy knitter now.

Arachne Update

I finally got to the steek on my Arachne sweater. I was really nervous as I’ve never steeked a sweater before. I made a short video of the steeking, but realized that maybe having a 5 year old do the videography and a 4 year old say random things in the background might not make the best knitting video. It is short, but you can see me steek the first couple of inches.

I did a crocheted steek, which was very tricky on the black portion of the sweater. I was having a lot of trouble with the crochet, but then I told Marilee how horrible it was and after that conversation it was really easy.

Now that I’m past the scary part I should just get to work on the button bands. I might take a bit of time before I do that though, as I’m recovering from the emotional rollercoaster of cutting my knitting.