Thursday 6th February 2014

by Chelsea

I fear that actually posting something when I said I would is going to set a dangerous precedent. But I have all of these tabs open, I can’t let them go to waste, right?

I lost my glasses on the 26th so my eyes are crazy tired, so we’re going to break this up into installments. First, hats!

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 These guys were two different sizes of Wooly Wormhead’s Dylan’s Beanie. That woman is a hat savant, I swear. For Christmas, Becky told me that Nik wanted a knit hat in the blue of Sporting Kansas City. I’ve been itching to knit something for that boy for years, and now that he has a boy of his own, it just had to be a set. I got to do a Google Hangout with Nik and Neil today, and I was gleeful all out of proportion to see both of them in their hats.

I found the right blue at Three Kittens, Debbie Bliss Rialto. I’m not usually a big fan of the mass-produced yarns, but this stuff was splendid, and with the top-down pattern I was able to eke out the two hats from two skeins.

One MonthNeil graciously models his Basic Hat from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. This yarn was another surprise, Simpliworsted by Hikoo/Skacel. 28% acrylic and I’m a big fan, if you can believe it. I’m a terrible yarn snob – I can’t even handle working with Berroco Vintage, the acrylic-haters’ acrylic. Sweaters with acrylic in them set my teeth on edge, which makes thrift shopping terribly disappointing.  I was shocked at how much I enjoyed working with this. I wasn’t even aware of the acrylic content until I’d been working with it for a couple of days. Nik picked out the colors at Darn Knit Anyway and I bought them without looking. Two skeins made a newborn-sized hat, a baby cardigan and a stuffed tiger.

IMG_1357This hat was an accident. I had wanted to knit a hat to match the Encompass I made from Rain’s yarn, but I pulled the wrong blue chunky yarn out of stash. My mistake went unnoticed until I was done (two hour hat!). The New Quick and Easy Ribbed Hat is a stretchy pattern so Michael got a surprise hat. When I asked him if he wanted it, he said “But…I already have a hat!” I laughed at him, but I laugh with love. It’s gotten a lot more wear this winter than his beloved Amanda Hat. So there.

IMG_1398So then I knit a Hemlock Bough with the yarn I’d meant to use in the first place. This was a fun and very quick pattern (three hours!), but I discovered that I don’t like the way earflap hats frame my face, so I let a coworker buy it from me.

IMG_0618I made the Soda Shoppe Hoodlet for my sweet friend Lori. I adore the ridiculous tassel.

mysteryhat2013This was Wooly Wormhead’s 2013 mystery hat, which is now called Erica. It was a lot of fun, one of the most successful mysteries I’ve participated in. I used up my leftovers from my Traveling Woman, so it’s both pretty and virtuous. The brim is cut from a soda bottle, as suggested in the pattern, but I wish I’d used a flatter/sturdier material. Still, it’s gotten lots of wear this winter.

IMG_0624Encircle has been my go-to hat this season, since I lost my Snail Hat in a snowbank last year. (I still miss that little guy.) It’s really comfortable and the crown is juuust the right amount of poofy that I like. I call it my Women’s Health hat, since the cables look like little vulvae. (Rachel, is that the correct pluralization?) Word to the wise: Glass buttons don’t appreciate being thrown around like their sturdier brethren. That’s just a little piece of advice for free.

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2 Responses to “Knits of 2013 – Part One – Hats”

  1. soxanne says:

    I am astonished by how much you knit. Astonished.

  2. michael?! says:

    My poor neglected Amanda Hat. The blue one fits under my hood. I think once it warms up, I’ll be wearing the Amanda Hat more.

    –missouri–

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