I was a knitting maniac this past week/weekend. Remember I referred to this hat on Saturday? It’s the Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl SoHo. So. Stinkin’. Cute.
I started this on Saturday at 5pm and was done by Sunday at 2pm. AND that included an emergency trip Saturday night to my mother-in-law’s house with Paul to fix a frozen pipe. He used a hair dryer that she has had for 46 years. FORTY-SIX YEARS! It worked great.
(Try to ignore this creepy Styrofoam head. It took me forever to find one online and it’s actually pretty small – not an adult head – and I think the face is creepy. I need to get a different one.) Seriously cute hat. I love the little tassle. This hat is a “kids” size. The pattern comes in many sizes, baby to large adult, which is nice. I think I’m going to make an adult one too. Easy and quick quick quick. Also, I saw my doodlebugs at dinner on Sunday night and tried to get them to try it on since they are “kid” size. No dice. They’re two and a half so I don’t know why I thought they would do so willingly. When I asked each of them if they wanted to try it on they said, “No fank you, Auny Wiz.” (read: “No thank you, Auntie Liz.”) At least they were polite about it.
Next was finishing the Steek This Coffee Cozy fair isle knitting:
Now it’s ready for the steeking which we will do in a few weeks at the next workshop. The little section on the front shown in this next picture is the part we will reinforce and then cut:
And see all those ends? Ugh, weaving in galore, right? WRONG! Apparently, if I read the instructions correctly, they are all in the steeking section and something miraculous will happen where I won’t have to weave in the ends. I think. (I hope).
Before the weekend started, I had knitted the clues for the Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long:
It doesn’t look too terribly different but it’s coming along. Now, I’m working on the next set of clues. There are only 6 rows in this next set, since there are eleventy-thousand stitches on the needle at this point. Eleventy-Thousand.
I also finished the leg clue for my Through The Loops Mystery Knit-a-Long:
A pretty intricate pattern for what I normally do – it’s been fun to see how they are turning out.
My next mystery knit-a-long starts this Friday: the Knitter’s Brewing Company Mystery Sock KAL: Cocktails for Two. Still haven’t decided on a yarn yet, but stay tuned.
I also finished the second Snow on the Laurel cabled arm warmer:
You’ll have to take my word for it that this is actually the second one. I can see how you may have doubts since I only recently finished the first one and I tend to procrastinate on knitting the second of anything. However, the first one is at the yarn shop as a class sample so I can’t take a picture of the pair. Honest. I had been done with my knit-a-long clues, looking for something else to knit and decided this was as good a time as any, and then I could cross it off my list. Took me just a couple of days.
Next, I knitted up the two-color brioche swatch which I will be teaching as a class at the shop:
If you look toward the bottom of the swatch in the bottom picture you’ll see a little row of white stitches where I messed up. I left it so I could use it in class as an example of what NOT to do. So nice that I can USE my mistakes. As a reminder, this is the two color swatch which will go with the teaching of the brioche stitch scarf:
And, finally, I worked on the weaving section of the Princess Franklin Plaid Collar:
A few challenges with this one. Trying to weave the strands while keeping them loose-but-not-too-loose is hard. Even paying close attention and trying to stretch it out a little, I ended up with some puckering. You can see it at the top of the picture. Then, just for “fun”, I decided to try it on to see what it looks like. I apparently have a huge head, and a ton of hair which adds to the circumference of my head, because I had a hard time getting that woven section pulled down. I tried putting my hands inside and gently stretching to make the woven strands looser, to no avail. If I had stretched any more, the strand ends would have started unraveling. Once I did get it over my head, it looked pretty good and was comfortable on my neck. I’ll just need to re-do my hair after I put it on. So, now I’m revising this pattern and will only weave about another inch, so that I can still wear it. Since it is a rather tall cowl, about half of it will be folded under while I wear it anyway so why not make it easier to put on, right?
Whew. That’s it. Not much really. (Ha! No wonder my hands are sore.)