Archive for October, 2008

Hat-trick

How do you go from zero to blogging in the space of ten days? Three posts, three FOs. That, my friends, is what they call a hat-trick. And to ‘cap’ (ho ho) this happy trinity I give you, of all things, a hat.

Swoon...

Swoon...

And what a hat! This is clearly the champion of all hat patterns. Just look at the cute!

Pattern: Selbu Modern by Kate of Zeitgeist Yarns
Yarn: Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply in Oatmeal (a little over one skein) and Sunset (about 2/3 of a skein)
Needles: 2 mm for the ribbing, 3mm for the rest.
Notes: It’s genius! Genius I tell you! Did you not see those decreases? And the overall adorableness? Seriously. Like Melissa said, you really should be knitting it already.

Swoon...

Other than upping my needle size I didn’t change a thing (why would I?), and I only did that because I have a giant head. So even with the larger needles, it’s still on the snug side for a beret, but that just makes it extra warm and cosy.

Swoon...

Could I love this hat any more than I do? No. No I could not. Turns out colourwork is hella fun too, so if you have any suggestions for other small but excellent colourwork projects, I’m all ears.

Swoon...

On an unrelated note, in case you ever wished your vegetables were a little more friendly (and really, which of us doesn’t wish that?) check this out. I find it terrifying, yet fabulous.

So, I lied.

But let’s just gloss over the whole ‘I-swear-I’ll-be-back-tomorrow-to-post-more’ promise, and reconcile ourselves with the fact that compared with the lengthy radio silence preceding the last post, an extra two or three days late for this one isn’t really so terrible. Plus, I have socks to show! Finished ones! Conveniently, I went a little nuts taking pictures of them so I’ll just post a pile of the photos here and that will get me off the hook of having to say anything interesting, right? ‘Kay awesome. It’s a deal.

happy feet

happy feet

happy feet

Pattern: Cozy Cable Socks by the Sailing Knitter
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in “In Vino Veritas”
Needles: 2.5mm plus 2mm for the heels and toes
Notes: No changes except for continuing the cable pattern down the heel flap, a la the Philistine’s lovely pair. Otherwise, great pattern, good times. They fit amazingly well, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Oh and Smooshy? Totally my new favourite sock yarn.

happy feet

happy feet

Looking over these pictures has taught me two things:
1. I like these socks.
And 2. My legs are horrifyingly pale, thanks to the rain-filled sunless excuse for a summer we had this year, and that they really have no place being exposed to you lovely people. If I weren’t morally opposed to fake tan*, these photos would really make me invest in some.

*Ahem. What I like to pass off as moral opposition may just be my pathetic inability to actually apply the stuff and still look human, but given the choice between admitting this and taking the moral high-ground, well, no contest, right?

Oh the shame.

I am officially hanging my head right now. Like all good (or naive, whatever) bloggers I started out with the firm belief that I would never be one of those bloggers who loses interest after a while and the gaps between posts start to get longer and longer until suddenly it’s been a month since the last one. Not I, surely! Well friends, it’s been a month since my last post. Uh huh. It’s happened. Like it was pretty much always going to, let’s be honest. I don’t know many bloggers who manage to keep up the enthusiastic every-other-day-or-so posts that they start out with. But the real problem? I don’t even really care. I’m making myself post now because if I don’t, I may never, but to be honest I have fairly little desire to. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, it’s just that I keep wanting to write about things that are nothing to do with what this blog is about, and they don’t seem to fit here. And what I don’t seem to want to write about at all, is knitting. Leaves the whole ‘knitblog’ notion in kind of a bad place, don’t you think? Well we’ll see what happens, but I’ve been thinking it may be time for a new direction.

Meanwhile though, while I haven’t been talking about knitting much, I’ve been doing plenty. I finished two pairs of socks, but I have to take proper pictures of the second one still, so I’ll post those tomorrow. The stripey noro ones I mentioned last time have been finished for ages, and well paraded around Ravelry. So if you’ve seen them already, feel free to carry on about your day. If not…. here goes:

The little socks that could

The little socks that could

The little socks that could

Details on their ravelry page here.

On the WIP side of things we have what I think may be the new love of my (knitting) life, this amazing colourwork hat pattern from Zeitgeist Yarns:

I call you superhat!

Isn’t it cute? I can’t wait till it’s finished so I can wear it.

That’s all for now folks, but I swear I’ll be back tomorrow with more to show for myself. Can’t you just hear the determination in my voice?