I just looked and I can’t believe my last post was in November! Things have been crazy with it being senior year and all. I actually graduate in about a month! I’ll be starting a post-bac research position at the NIH on June 1st which I’m really excited about. Beyond having the opportunity to do some awesome science, I’m excited to have real free time!! And that means more time for knitting!
Until then though, I’ve just been able to fit in a bit of knitting here and there. I’ll use this post to fill you guys in on the projects I’ve completed since my last post.
First is the Nutkin beanie– a pattern from the knit picks website. My younger brother is obsessed with squirrels so this seemed perfect for him. To make things even better, I snagged some wonderful cashmere blend yarn from Knit Picks on sale! This project took me about a year on and off since the yarn was really small making progress pretty slow, but I’m proud of the result:
Next up in my month of hats, was a secret snowflake gift for a new medic in the EMS organization that I volunteer for. During his interviews, when asked what breed of dog best described him, he answered “A bulldog, because I’m short and stout.” Needless to say, when I found this next pattern, I had to make it for him. It was my first time holding three colors across a row which was pretty rough, but I survived and the finished product is pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
Finally, my boyfriend’s birthday was in mid-December and of course I had to knit him something. First, I made a snowflake hat to help him get through the winter in DC where he’s working now.
I also made him this Guston Pullover sweater. I used Knit Pick’s wool of the Andes tweed yarn which was much softer than I expected. It was my first time making anything with button holes which was a challenge, but the finished result was so comfy that I almost couldn’t stand to give it away:
Well, I think that covers everything I’ve done since my last post. More posts will come soon as I’m learning some double knitting and am planning to maybe even release my own charts/pattern pretty soon! Thanks for your patience with my lack of posting! I’ll talk to you all soon!
Hey everyone! Sorry for being absent from the blog for awhile. The summer was really busy since I was working full time, and once the semester started, things got even crazier. I confess that I haven’t even really been knitting lately. Before last week, I actually hadn’t worked on a project in over two months which is kind of sad to think about.
But now I’m back! And I actually finished a project! The impending holidays motivated me to get back to knitting things. And so, I have embarked on a month of hats! Hats are nice quick projects that make great gifts- perfect in other words for getting back into the swing of things while preparing for the holidays. They also make for great stash-busting projects which I desperately need right now (although I just bought a bunch of yarn to make this sweater…).
Anyways, I adapted this witch cat hat pattern for worsted weight yarn, of which I have plenty laying around. I actually cast on the same number of stitches using the same needle size called for in the pattern. This gave me nice tight stitches which will make the hat nice and cozy. The worsted weight yarn did take up more vertical room than the recommended gauge so I left out the cat face repeats on the crown. The friend I made this for loves cats, but the faces seemed like a bit of overkill. Here’s the finished product:
I know that I’m supposed to turn under the bottom rows, but I want to make sure that the hat is long enough for my friend before I do that. I’ll post a picture of her wearing it once I give it to her. The white and gold yarns are just leftover Lion Brand worsted weight yarn, while the red yarn is Knit Picks Reverie worsted- a super soft and fuzzy blend of 80% baby alpaca and 20% acrylic. I’ve already started a second hat for another gift. More blog posts on that to come…
Ive found that hats are the perfect way to try out new yarn. Today I tried out Knit Picks Reverie yarn in wine. It’s an incredibly soft yarn made of 80% baby alpaca and 20% acrylic. It’s categorized as worsted weight but I think its a bit on the thinner side.
Overall, I really like this yarn. It knits up nicely and it seems like it’s going to be nice and warm. My only complaint is that it’s very difficult to undo stitches as the yarn has a haze that likes to get tangled up. All in all, Reverie is a nice yarn. I’d love to make a scarf out of it!
I love knitting hats! They’re so addicting- they don’t take very long to knit and they are really practical for winter. I definitely like the instant gratification. It’s a good break from the Min Ulla scarf which I’m almost halfway done with. It’s beautiful but the colorwork takes forever and I’ve been having some difficulties keeping a consistent gauge.
Hats on the other hand only take a day or two to knit! There are so many fun patterns out there from simple ones like the one pictured here to incredibly intricate lace hats. I love adding my own touch to the simple ones with various colors or stitch patterns. I think everyone in my family is probably going to be getting a hat this year for Christmas…
The hat below was knit loosely off of the free Strib hat pattern on ravelry