Finished Cream Cabled Hat

Monday, December 10th, 2007
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Cream Cabled Hat

Cream Cabled Hat, started November 10th, 2007, finished November 18th, 2007
Pattern: my own
Yarn: thrifted from a Value Village Cowichan sweater
Needles: BIG (size 10.5)
Would I knit it again? Yes!

This was a quick hat with a very slow pompom. The yarn refused to be un-wiggly (one of the down sides of thrifting is the wigglyness), so I had to iron each and every strand I cut. Let me repeat: I had to iron every strand in that pompom. It was pretty brutal, but the end result is okay. I love the pompom, but it still looks a little dishevelled. Being the good German that I am (by the way, that’s different from being a “Good German”), all my clothing must have clean lines and look shevelled. So we’ll have to see about the pompom. Plus, this thing is like an anchor! It’s constantly pulling the hat off my head. I think reducing the size of the pom is the only way to alleviate all these problems.

Quick note on how I knit this: I used a tubular cast-on with a needle two sizes bigger than the rest of the hat, and I think this is the solution to my tubular woes! The tubular cast-on is always really tight, but the edge of this hat is great. I’ll have to remember this next time! After the cast-on, I did about an inch of k1p1 ribbing, a pretty basic cable pattern and then some creative decreasing once it was tall enough. If anyone wants the pattern, I’d be happy to write it up!

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
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I have been bitten by the pom pom bug. No, I haven’t made any pom poms yet, but I really really want to. Unfortunately, all my scissors have gone missing so I will have to put off the pom pomming until tomorrow afternoon, but when I start, boy howdy, you will NOT want to miss it.

Do you know how awesome this is? (And, I want to be clear, how not mine this is):

Pom Pom

It’s pretty ballin’, that’s for sure.

I just finished a hat (waiting to be photographed, it’s a little dark right now) and decided to top it with a pom, as I hear that’s the style these days. Also, I saw another girl wearing a hat similar to the one I had knit and hers had a pom, and it looked adorable. So I’m going to make a pom pom for my newly-finished hat. I’m playing around with the idea of a pom pom that is larger than the hat itself. A mega-pom, if you will. An ultra-pom. A colosso-pom. A pom so legendary, that I would constantly be accidentally hitting it on the underside of doorways. I’m not sure if it would be too top-heavy, or whether it would look dumb. Thoughts?

In Progress Shots

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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I haven’t actually blogged about my own knitting in a while, so I thought I’d take the time to show you folks what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

This is the back of the baby jacket I was talking about a short time ago. Since I took this picture this afternoon, I’m almost up to the shoulders! Another pattern repeat and I can put it on a holder and start the fronts.

Cabled Baby Jacket

The tweed is white/grey/black, so when I showed the beau my new yarn he thought I had accidentally dropped it in some lint. It’s looking fine knit up, but next time I’ll be sure to go for colourful tweed to ensure it doesn’t have that rolled-in-the-sandpit look.

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Finished Santa Cruz

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
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That’s two FO posts in two days! I am on a roll. And not just any roll, it’s a fancy focaccia thingie with cheese on top and rosemary sprinkles. Mmmm, rosemary. My last chapstick was rosemary flavoured so until about a week ago I smelled like pork chops all the time. Now I smell like pomegranates. It’s Phthalate Free!

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, started April 13th, 2007, finished May 9th, 2007
Pattern: Santa Cruz from MagKnits
Yarn: Cranberry merino, frogged from a sweater
Needles: 4.5 mm circulars
Size: Bulky, the largest one
Pattern Notes: I added an extra half lace repeat.
Would I knit it again? I wish I could say yes, but no, I would not knit this pattern again. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know what a debacle this was. I am so glad this hat is finished. It’s a great idea, but it’s so fiddly, and the lace pattern is hard to deconstruct when in the middle of it. I’ve had to rip this so many times. No more. I’d recommend this for cleverer knitters than I, but certainly not for beginners or for folks who knit by the seat of their pants. Unless you really know what you’re doing.

On the other hand, the end product is beautiful! I really love this hat. It’s so stylish! The only down-side is that I have big ears, so I don’t know if I should tuck them into the hat or out.

Santa Cruz

I’m so happy, you get two whole pictures of my smiling face!

There’s frustration in them thar hills

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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I thought I’d document for you how many hats I’ve had to go through to get one right.

Attempt #2

This was attempt number two. I first knit the cables too tight, so I had to rip back and throw in a few yarn overs before each cable to give them room to breathe. It looked like crap, but given the amount of time I spent trying to get it right, I didn’t have the heart to frog it. It sat around for a while, and then finally I brought up the nerve and ripped it apart. Then I realized I should photograph it for posterity, which is why the hat has no top in this picture.

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I am a Workaholic

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
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The first step in the 12-step program is acceptance, right?

I have all this eye-tracking data now, and my eye-tracking data analysis program refuses to analyze it properly. I am considering writing my own program to analyze it. With graphics and everything. I am crazy.

I feel like I am in Stage Four of the thesis writing process. If Stage Four also involves a sudden and strange addiction to coffee, accompanied by the requisite caffeine crashes that make up 98.4% of the day. Oh, I long for the 1.6% when the coffee is actually working…

I finished knitting the Backyard Leaves scarf, and I have absolutely no energy to seam it together. Why on earth would you design a scarf that you have to seam together??? I originally decided that I would pick up the provisional stitches I left on the first half and just keep going with the second half, but then I picked up the wrong stitches and had to rip back once I realized what I had done. Instead of being the smart little girl and picking up in the right spots, I gave up, cast-off the first half and cast on an entirely new second half with the intent to follow the instructions to the letter and seam them together later. Because, of course, it would be no problem to seam, seaming is fun! Seaming is to knitters like ambrosia is to Zeus, right? Oh ho ho. Seaming is what data analysis is to researchers. You know you have to do it to finish, but it’s so darn excruciating…

I’m too tired to even weave in the ends. Maybe I can do that this afternoon, if I can pull myself away from the lab. I have six participants coming in, which will bring me up to my self-imposed requirement of 20. Not bad for an honours thesis, especially given the massive number of knitters who helped with the web end of things. (Thank you, knitters.)

I just want to keep blogging because if I don’t stop, then I don’t have to start working on the essay that is slowly ever so slowly growing during the dark times (literally dark times) as I sit by my participants in that tiny little room with the lights off so the eye-tracker can find their little bulbs better. My eyes hurt. I now associate that essay with headaches.

But anyhoo, getting back to the knitting, the FOs certainly are flying off the needles. I don’t have the patience to start anything new, so I’m finishing a lot of UFOs that were mellowing in the drawers. I finished the head of my aunt Liz’s dragon, and now I just have to seam it together (*weep*) and stuff it and glue some eyes on. I finished a third kiddy hat (and the ears that will soon be seamed onto them) for our local hospital. I tried working on my dad’s Rule 30 scarf, but after two rows I couldn’t bear it any longer so I decided to put it away again. I think I’m going to start my Orangina, now that I have once again experienced the catharsis of FOs (which I will photograph as soon as they are seamed, ha!). Maybe after that, I will have time to whimper quietly in a corner while my thesis data grows un-analyzed.

1962. Ah yes! An excellent vintage!

Saturday, January 13th, 2007
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Norwegian CapThere’s a beautiful vintage pattern for a Norwegian Cap over at the Kitchener Bitch. I don’t know what use I’d find for it, but I’m so jealous of Liz’s new hat and I want to do some colour work. My cabled hat is almost done; I figured out how to work the cables so they didn’t tighten the hat too much, and after some more ripping and experimentation I’m on my way to the crown. Yay!

Shark MittensThere’s also a delightfully cute pattern for Shark Mittens and Puppy Paws over at Morehouse Yarns.

Tension Tutorial

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
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Tension Swatches

There’s a great Tension Tutorial over at the purl bee. Lots of great pictures and hints as to why you might have certain problems with the fabric you’re knitting.

I’ve been having tension problems of late; I almost finished a hat for myself yesterday but discovered that, as I’d predicted, the cables tightened the body too much and I’d have to start over with a redesign. So I redesigned it and reknit it, and now it looks completely dorky so I’m going to have to rip again. I think the dorkiness is partly because of my tension; I was knitting it on 4mm needles but they really should have been 5mm. Same problem with the scarf for my dad. Ripping is all I’ve been doing these days!

(Found via CRAFT: magazine.)

Notorious C.A.B.L.E.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
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Burberry Hat

I’ve started knitting this hat (last mentioned here). It looks fantastic so far, even though it’s just ribbing and a little bit of the base of the K8P8. Photos to come; I’m knitting a little more and then heading out to a C-O-U-N-T-R-Y* bar.

*I spelled it out so the kids wouldn’t hear me swear. I do the same with P-E-N-I-S and A-C-R-Y-L-I-C.

Finished Pretty in Pink donation!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
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Pretty in Pink donation

This is a chunky version of Knitty’s Shedir. It’s “urban,” so I am calling it the “Oh no Shedi’in’t!”

Oh no Shedi’in’t, started November 29th, 2006, finished December 1st, 2006
Pattern: Shedir (PDF)
Yarn: Chunky cotton
Needles: Started on 7.5mm straights, then ripped apart and restarted with 6.5mm circulars
Dimensions: It’s a little too small for my head (oops), but it would certainly fit a preteen.
Pattern Notes: I cast on 32 stitches and followed the pattern but only did a single repeat. Once I got close to the top, I cut out all the WS rows.
Would I knit it again? It’s a nice pattern, but I’m not sure it works for any less than 64 stitches around. I want to do a couple more chunky hats like this, but the cotton I used wasn’t hugely stretchy and the cables don’t look as good as I hoped. Next time I’ll try with a non-cotton fibre, and it should work out perfectly.

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