A hat to restore confidence

December 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I simply love knitting hats. They are knitting instant gratification at its finest. You work away for a few hours, and bam! you have almost finished the thing! Really helps restore one’s confidence, especially after, say, ripping out a project that makes you want to throw a hissy fit. A hat is just the remedy for such feelings of failure.

I cast on this beauty last night, which is a really quick & easy knit. False cables that travel like figure-8’s up the “body” of the hat. Really enjoyable!

Stats:
Yarn – Nashua Creative Focus Superwash in teal blue (but to my eyes, its really a steel-blue, whatevs), worsted weight.
Needles – 4mm & 5mm 16″ circular needles.
Part of the 2011 (or 2012) Stashdown exercise started by my good friend Yarn Piggy

This hat is for a certain coworker who is enthusiastic about my creative projects. Its nice to be appreciated, and its nice to give back to those who appreciate me :)

Here’s the current progress as of this morning:

Hat for Leona

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Sometimes the way forward is the way back…

December 28th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Seriously. Just when I think I get the hang of this knitting silk lace in the round, I eff it up and come to a point where a drastic decision must be made.  To tink or to rip back?

Lets just say I tried both methods. And guess what, the tinking back did not help my mistake. Instead, it made the silk lace 2-ply yarn into a fugly fuzzy mess. I had been warned about this SeaSilk yarn before, but thought that I could master it. Bah, was I wrong!

One needs to acknowledge when one cannot go any further and has to start over; which is what I did. However, as I ripped out the wee lace stitches, a Horrible Thing Happened (HTH). The lace, which was already fuzzy from the tinking, then became an impossible self-imposed knot that refused to be made back into smooth-running yarn. BAH. O, the curses that streamed forth from my mouth!

I admitted defeat and put the knotted mess to one side (as evidence of my struggles) and cast on again. This time, I’m happy to announce that all is well – knock wood. I’m back to where I was before the HTH and I’m about to start the thumb increases.

Onwards!

Sorry the photo is a little craptastic.

Ripping out and reknitting

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Last minute Christmas knitting

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Like most knitters/crafters, the Christmas season can be a hectic one for me. Especially since I’ve had to put off creating anything due to low back problems. But things are looking up (and my lower back is a bit better) and so I’ve put myself into high freaking gear to churn out some projects before its too late to ship anything!

Project #1: Hat for my b-mom. Decided early this week that I simply MUST make a gift for the woman who gave me life, especially since she is also crafty and appreciates such gifts. I’ve decided to make her the Chunky Dean Street Hat (Ravelry link) in some leftover stash yarn from my Ravelympics sweater of yesteryear. Its a chunky yarn in a steel blue colour by Cascade Eco+. So far I’ve managed to race through the rolled brim, body of the hat, and lo, started the crown decreases last night/this morning while riding the bus. Gotta knit wherever I can.

Canada Post’s cut-off date for shipping items for Christmas is Monday, Dec 19/11, so that panic is certainly ON.

Project #2: Hand-woven scarf for my bff’s new nephew (who’s only a cribling at the moment). I made his entire large Polish family scarves last Christmas in their family crest colours. Well, since there is a new edition to the family, I really should get on weaving a scarf for the little fellow before my friend blasts off to his family farm next week.

So much to do!

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