Finished Object: Bankhead Hat

On Friday I was knitting away on my projects when a skein of yarn called to me. It was a skein of Poems Silk (75% wool 25% silk) that was sent to me in a fiber exchange. It is not yarn I would normally pick. I don’t knit much with silk, and the colors are not my style. I was compelled to cast on a hat.

I blame Alissa. Her post on Friday about her WIPs was too inspirational. I asked her about having so many WIPs and she explained it so well I thought I should add another project to my knitting basket (it’s not really a basket, BTW, it is more of a pile of project bags).

I decided on the Bankhead pattern. I cast on 90 stitches and got to work. From the beginning I didn’t like the yarn, but I did like seeing how the colors progressed. I knit until I was almost out of yarn. I ended up with a hat that fits the kids. They need another hat, especially Elliot, who is hat obsessed.

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I don’t like the yarn, but I loved the pattern. I’ll be making this hat again, next time with a solid wool yarn. Maybe even a farm yarn…something that screams sheep.

I was hoping to have a project to work on mindlessly for a week or two, but once I started this hat I just wanted to be done with it. I’m now only 170 g in the hole for my yarn diet.

Fiberpalooza

Today is one of the best days of the year. It’s Fiberpalooza in Winterset, Iowa. Every year Ivy and I head over to browse the yarn market, wander around the little town square, and eat fried pickles.

The market moved this year to the gym at the middle school from the gym at the elementary school. There was more space, which meant more vendors. In the end, even though there were more vendors, I ended up buying from the same people I usually buy from. Ivy did too, actually. We are old and set in our ways.

I went over board on yarn purchases. I’m now 187 g in the hole for my yarn diet. I need to get knitting on my WIPs so I get back in the black soon. 20190316_1436285070698841640051620.jpgThe yarn on the left is from Fiber Cuiro and Sundries LLC. It’s a Romeldale/Suri Alpaca blend. It’s lace weight, but I’m going to pretend it is fingering and make a wrap out of it. Probably. Or I’m going to put it in my wine cabinet/yarn storage cabinet and look at how pretty it is for years. Only time will tell.

The rest of the yarn is from Yarn Geek. I love her yarn. I already have a skein of it in my stash, and I made socks for John from her yarn last year. I went into her booth and all self-control was lost. It started when I picked up two mini skeins for my sock yarn blanket. Then I saw the Rainbow Dashing (just left of the mini skeins) and knew I needed to take it home with me. I was trying to convince Ivy to buy more mini skeins when I saw the sparkly yarn (it is much more sparkly in real life than in this photo). I said “SHUT UP!” like a loud passionate teenager and grabbed the yarn. I may have said that while the dyer was having a conversation with Ivy about the mini skein options. After I reached over, clutched the yarn in my hungry grasp, and held it close to me, I explained to Ivy and Sarah (the dyer) that I was overcome with yarn love and was not yelling shut up at them. Being yarn nerds, they were understanding.

After the fiber festival we headed to the town square. They have a wonderful cafe that we eat at every year. We always start with fried pickles. Two years ago they switched from pickle chips to pickle spears. We still haven’t recovered from that shock. This cafe is where Clint Eastwood and Kathleen Kennedy ate in The Bridges of Madison County.¬† If you are a mid 1990s film buff that tidbit might be exciting to you. Personally, I care more about the pickles. 20190316_1145361661947229707001221.jpg

After our lunch we walked around the square checking out the shops. The old county jail is now a shop carrying hand-made goods. The last time I was there I found a kitchen towel that featured knitting. This time I found one for my other love – reading. I don’t really need another towel, but this is a really absorbent and soft towel, so I felt justified bringing my 1000th tea towel into our house.20190316_1437268362933261523165712.jpg

At Heartland Fiber Co. I wasn’t tempted by much. The store was crowded with knitters in for the festival, so it was hard to wander around. I was going to walk away without anything when I discovered a basket on the floor filled with random bits of yarn. They sell yarn leftovers for $0.10-$3.00 depending on the size. I splurged on 3 balls and spent $3.25. I loved being able to pick up a few yarns for the blanket for less than a mini skein. I’ll be searching for fingering weight in the basket every time I visit their store.20190316_1435452839623490959629519.jpg

We ended the day at Ben Franklin, a store where I always find random things that need to come home with me. Today it was a googly eye chip clip. How could I possibly say no to that? I also picked up some fat quarters to make some project bags or stuff in my drawer and forget I bought until I find them next year and make Kathleen take them. 20190316_1435235529541052004340250.jpg

It was a wonderful day in Winterset. I now need to go knit furiously until my yarn diet is in the black. I would grab some pretzels to snack on, but the bag is giving me a dirty look.

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It’s rainy and gloomy here, so it is perfect knitting weather (says the woman who will happily knit in any weather). I’m planning on sipping tea and knitting most of the afternoon, but I’m pretty sure the kids will make sure that doesn’t happen.

I’m continuing to work on my sweater. I’m finished with both fronts and I’m currently working on a sleeve. I have lost all of my sweater mojo and haven’t even looked at it in a few days. That is probably because it has been nice out, and who wants to think about wearing a super bulky sweater when the weather is above freezing for the first time in months? It is tempting to put it aside until next fall, but the thing is huge and I don’t want to store a WIP that big for that long.

I’m rocking on my rollers. I am pleased with these colors together. I have about a half-inch to go before I can start the heel of the second sock.20190313_1423022440835111082407631.jpg

Jess and I started our Green Bay Packers sock KAL last weekend. These are the only thing I want to work on. I’m only a few stripes from starting the heel of the first sock. I told myself I couldn’t work on these again until I was done with the heel on the rose city roller socks. Time will tell if I stick with that or not. 20190313_1423414381552339425820002.jpg

I hope you are enjoying your projects and making progress on them.

WIP Wednesday

Ooof. I’m not making much progress on my projects.

My socks, which I thought I would fly through, are slowly moving along. I’m still on the first sock. Last week I was worried about the yarn I used for the heel, but now that the foot is longer I’m happy with it.20190306_1529166980425288861987156.jpg

I’m slowly moving forward on my cardigan. If I would take the time to sit down and work on it the progress would move a lot faster. I am hoping to finish the left front this week and get moving on the right front. 20190306_1530091186626951310316330.jpg

What have you been working on?

WIP Wednesday

I had the whole day to myself, thanks to a dentist appointment and in-laws that love to babysit. I had planned on getting a lot of knitting done, but I got sucked into other projects and didn’t even pick up my needles. I’m making some progress on my projects, but not much.

I started a new pair of socks. I had to reschedule Jess and the start of our Green Bay Packers KAL, so I cast on a pair of Rose City Rollers. I wanted a fast pair of socks so I have free needles next weekend when we start the KAL. The yarn I’m using was a scarf until two weeks ago. I knit the scarf for John years ago and he never once used it, so I decided it could find a new life as socks and I could clear out something from the closet. 20190227_2017507248305064538664895.jpgThe yarn is Strand Yarnworks in the Cigars and Cabernet colorway. The heel is random sock yarn from my bag of fingering weight yarn for my scrap blanket. I don’t love the combination, but I don’t hate it enough to rip it out. I think it will look better when it is complete.

My sweater is moving along. I have about 10 rows left on the back. I’m sure the front pieces will fly. Or maybe I’m just telling myself that.

Instead of knitting today I spent my time¬†tearing out messed up seams sewing. I made a Fen Shirt, as the I loved the Fen Dress so much. I like the shirt, but if I make it again I’ll make it longer. I’m tall, and the shirt is a little too short for my taste.20190227_1942364849034781141051578.jpg

After finishing my shirt I made some cold reliever bath bombs. I used lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils in the bombs (thank goodness for Pinterest, I know nothing about essential oil blends). They smell wonderful. I left out the food coloring, because I don’t like sitting in food coloring. We are on our third cold of the year in our house, so I think we will be using these soon.20190227_2009497326086627035105918.jpg

I also spent some time feeling extra awesome about my dress after my cousin Claire pointed out what great taste I have. It is rare that something I wear is actually fashionable, so it is nice when it happens.

I hope you are having a good week and making progress on your works in progress.

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I hope winter weather has you crafting away.

I’ve been working on Audrey’s socks. I’m pacing myself so I can finish these on Friday. I’m meeting a friend on Saturday to start our Green Bay Packers KAL, and I don’t want to be without a sock for too long before I cast on my Green Bay pair.20190220_1323534776687207127562455.jpg

I started a sweater last week. I have enough super bulky wool from the box of yarn my cousin made me to make a cardigan, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m using the Shawl Collar Cardigan #6501, but I’m not doing a pattern for the body. I have no idea what kind of yarn this is, other than it is pretty rustic wool. 20190220_1324318028066203526303627.jpgI have two questions about the sweater, so if you can give me some knitting advice that would be great.

Have you ever dyed a garment after you’ve knit it? I love the yarn, but the color does not work on me. I’m thinking I’ll dye it once it is done. If you have dyed a garment, please share any advice you have.

The pattern calls for the collar/button band to be knit and then sewn on to the sweater. I think that is ridiculous, as picking up stitches is so much easier. Can you think of any structural reason I should not adjust the pattern to pick up the stitches instead of sewing them on?

I hope you are having a great week!