Oct 26, 2009

robin's egg hat (#14) - finished


Let me just say that possum yarn? Super soft and wonderful! I loved every second of knitting with it! Finished the Robin's Egg hat on Sunday, but didn't get the large black button sewn on until Monday.

I'm definitely slacking on my knitting lately - we've been pretty focused on getting stuff done around the house - and if I'm not careful I'm going to fall behind. But I just couldn't knit this one any faster; I really wanted to drag out the knitting of it I loved the yarn so much!

My husband tried to convince me to keep this hat for myself - he loves the color on me! I love the hat as well, although once again it's a bit too short. I'm concerned my head is larger than most people's at this point, because this is now the third hat I've made at least an inch longer than the directions call for, and it still doesn't cover my ears all the way. Maybe that's how most people wear their hats? All I know is that the hats for Warm Woolies need to be longer, at least long enough to cover my ears!

{side note: if you haven't read "The Hunger Games" and its' sequel "Catching Fire", head out to the store immediately and get them both. Along with some tissues. Amazing books, but both have made me cry.}

Oct 21, 2009

lace-edged hat (#13) done


Blurry thanks to a cat not wanting to suffer through any more photo-ops, the Lace-Edged Hat is done and off the needles!

I used up one skein of silky wool (DK held double stranded) for this hat, and the only changes I made? I made the brim pattern thinner (only two repeats instead of three) and made the whole hat a bit longer.

In general, I need to work on making hats a bit longer, I think, because they always end up just barely covering my ears, but fitting great around the circumference of my head. And with Warm Woolies wanting items that are a bit longer (to help protect that much more against the cold), getting that handled now would be a good idea.

On the whole, I loved this pattern - a fast knit, easy pattern for the brim, and classic decreases that are always satisfying. There won't be time between now and the new year to make this for friends, but its going on the list for next year for sure!

Oct 17, 2009

finished - boyfriend hat (#12)


We've been fighting sickness for a week in our house. It would appear that H1N1 has become the new fall flu in the Midwest, and people all around us are dropping like flies. So it shouldn't have been a shock when my husband came home from work on Tuesday with a bad case of it. However, seeing as he's the one in our family who is generally healthy as a horse and I am most often the one using up all my PTO on random sickness, it was both odd and weirdly thrilling that he was finally the one sick.
And sick he sure has been - just now he is at the store getting some decongestant for what has been his first trip outside of our house in four full days.

Through all this sickness, everything has gotten shoved on the back-burner. From laundry to knitting, I've spent the week trying desperately not to get sick {and, strangely, managing to avoid it!}.

I did, however, finally get the Boyfriend Hat finished. The only adjustment I made to the cap was to make it longer - and unfortunately, it's still probably not long enough. The hat is meant to be knit for 5.5" before beginning decreases, and I thought it said just 5", so I knit for 6" before beginning decreases. As the hat is going to Warm Woolies, however, I probably should have gone for about 7" before beginning decreases for maximum coverage. The hat is wonderful as-is, though, and so I'm not that upset. It just means it'll maybe have to be layered? I wish I'd gotten more done this week, but adding this hat to my "finished hats" box is a good way to move toward a new week, and hopefully a healthy husband!

Oct 16, 2009

For Today

{taken from the simple woman’s daybook.}

Outside my window … it has been drizzling this morning. The ride to work was a constant decision – do I run the windshield wipers or not?

I am thinking … about my sick husband hat home, curled under the blankets. He’s been down for the count for a full week now!

I am thankful for … not catching whatever he’s got!

I am wearing … a long-sleeve shirt, a cardigan, a scarf, and jeans. I love casual day at work, but wish the temps were warmer in here!

I am remembering … all the hats I wanted to make this week, but wasn’t able to. Caring for sick family comes first for sure!

I am going … to spend the entire weekend washing the sick out of our house and tackling a bit more of my knitting list.

I am reading … “Catching Fire”. It’s the sequel to “The Hunger Games”, a young adult novel, and I’m in love with it.

I am hoping … to get a few items on my “knit before the new year” list knocked off this weekend. It’s amazing how that list grows (it’s up to close to 70), and no matter how fast I knit, more and more seems to get added before I can finish stuff up!

Noticing that … we never really had either a spring or a fall this year. The weather pretty much went from winter to summer and now it’s heading back into winter again. yuck!

One of my favorite things … that whenever my husband is sick, the cats all burrow in next to him and try to simultaneously steal his covers and will him healthy with their purr-sleeping.

From my picture journal … the shot above is one I captured of all the ripple blankets I’m working on right now. One is for a couple we’re close with, one is for my husband, and the third is meant to use up all the leftover bits of acrylic I have found as I’ve organized and cleared out my stash of yarn. I love that I just can find knitting and crochet laying around my home like this!

Oct 14, 2009

blogger of the week!


just popping in really quickly to say hello to readers heading over from Handmade News, where i'm the featured as their blogger of the week! welcome!

Oct 13, 2009

finished - butterfly hat (#11)


Well, I said I'd be posting a lot of completed hats this week, and then the first thing I do is take a day off! It's been cold and drizzly, with a bit of snow and no sunlight at all the past week, which makes it hard to photograph knitted objects, but today at lunch I got a bit of sunlight, so I snapped this shot up!

Once I got the hang of doing the slipped stitches purl-wise (the instructions don't say either way, so i was slipping them knit-wise), the Butterfly Hat went exceedingly well. I'd already done one hat (for a co-worker's daughter) slipping the stitches the wrong way, so by the time I figured it out, I was ready for something to be easy. If you start out the right way, this hat goes fast and furious and turns out beautiful.

I used the Vampire Blood colorway from Tri'Coterie, which has a soft variegated look to it, and off-set the butterflies gorgeously. If you're looking for some new yarn, head to her shop and pick up some - it works up like a dream, I promise! I can't wait to use more of her yarn on future hats! In all, I'm sad to see this hat done, because it's been such a joy to knit. It's a perfect holiday present hat, as well, in case you're needing some holiday inspiration!

Oct 9, 2009

elsie's holiday hat contest winner


elsie's holiday hat, originally uploaded by craftyone77.
{this is a shot of the other hat variation}

since Valerie was the only one who entered, it looks like she's the winner of the Elsie's Holiday Hat contest. congrats Valerie - shoot me an e-mail at rmcdevineATgmailDOTcom so i can e-mail you a copy of the pattern!

{this has been a slow week with knitting hats for me. i plan to make up for it next week, so watch out!}

Oct 8, 2009

Elsie's Holiday Hat (10)



in honor of it being my 10th hat, i’m making up a hat pattern! see the blog for details on how you can enter to win a free copy of the pattern before i offer it up for sale!

Oct 7, 2009

i always forget to mention ...


So, yesterday I was in the local paper, discussing my passion for knitting and the One Hundred Hats Project. {hello to all you new readers who found me through that article!} I always find recognition a little overwhelming, and the unexpected attention this project has brought, a mere eleven hats in, has gotten me thinking.

I tend to focus on the *what* of the thing that I'm doing, but forget to tell people the *why* of what I'm doing. So today, here's a few of the why's.

* I spent formative years as a teen helping build houses and improve living conditions in several third world countries. My experiences with the children I encountered altered my view of what it takes for a person to be happy, and what I can to do further happiness in the world.

* I am someone who loves to give gifts. Whether that's buying a pint for a friend at the pub, hiding 50 Valentines around the room for my husband, or knitting a dog sweater for a friend's pooch, I love to give tangible things. So the leap to knitting for strangers didn't seem that far.

* I am consistently amazed at the large amount of good one handmade item can do for someone's spirit.

* Knitting has become my meditation, my strongest connection to the Divine.

but probably most important -

I have a brother who was born very premature. I was twelve, and he spent his first two months in a NICU. He, and all the other babes there, were gifted with tiny hand-made hats, booties and blankets, gifts from strangers who took the time to care about all these tiny little braying creatures, fighting for life.

That same brother is now almost 21, a pre-law history major in college, and an amazing and strong individual. I know that 20 years ago the survival rates of preemies wasn't what it is today, and that he is healthy and strong is something I never forget.

I also never forgot those handmade items. When I got into knitting, one of my first decisions was to knit for the babes at the NICU. Every time I walk onto their floor and get close to those tiny babes, I'm reminded of how lucky I am. I just wanted to share some of that luck with some newer additions to the world, and so I began to knit tiny hats and booties.

Charity knitting for me has become not just a way to give back, but a way to remember. It is a way for me to stand up, quietly weilding two sticks, some yarn and an ocean full of love and say:

"This child is important. This child matters. This sweater/hat/booties/vest I am making stands as witness to the fact that this child is LOVED and deserves to not only survive, but to thrive and excel."

It's my small way of changing the world.

i always forget to mention ...

So, yesterday I was in the local paper, discussing my passion for knitting and the One Hundred Hats Project. {hello to all you new readers who found me through that article!}

I always find recognition a little overwhelming, and the unexpected attention this project has brought, a mere eleven hats in, has gotten me thinking. I tend to focus on the *what* of the thing that I'm doing, but forget to tell people the *why* of what I'm doing.

So today, here's a few of the why's.

* I spent formative years as a teen helping build houses and improve living conditions in several third world countries. My experiences with the children I encountered altered my view of what it takes for a person to be happy, and what I can to do further happiness in the world.

 * I am someone who loves to give gifts. Whether that's buying a pint for a friend at the pub, hiding 50 Valentines around the room for my husband, or knitting a dog sweater for a friend's pooch, I love to give tangible things. So the leap to knitting for strangers didn't seem that far.

* I am consistently amazed at the large amount of good one handmade item can do for someone's spirit.

* Knitting has become my meditation, my strongest connection to the Divine.

but probably most important - I have a brother who was born very premature. I was twelve, and he spent his first two months in a NICU. He, and all the other babes there, were gifted with tiny hand-made hats, booties and blankets, gifts from strangers who took the time to care about all these tiny little braying creatures, fighting for life.

That same brother is now almost 21, a pre-law history major in college, and an amazing and strong individual. I know that 20 years ago the survival rates of preemies wasn't what it is today, and that he is healthy and strong is something I never forget. I also never forgot those handmade items.

When I got into knitting, one of my first decisions was to knit for the babes at the NICU. Every time I walk onto their floor and get close to those tiny babes, I'm reminded of how lucky I am. I just wanted to share some of that luck with some newer additions to the world, and so I began to knit tiny hats and booties.

 Charity knitting for me has become not just a way to give back, but a way to remember. It is a way for me to stand up, quietly wielding two sticks, some yarn and an ocean full of love and say: "This child is important. This child matters. This sweater/hat/booties/vest I am making stands as witness to the fact that this child is LOVED and deserves to not only survive, but to thrive and excel." It's my small way of changing the world.

Oct 5, 2009

holy yarn stash batman!

i've got Elsie's Holiday Hat done and off the needles, but won't be debuting the pattern until later this week. i'm working up a second hat with the pattern to double check my notes and test it out in a longer version - that way you'll have tons of options with the pattern!

because i'm not showcasing that this morning, i wanted to share with you some of what i've been doing this weekend. i sucked it up and put myself on a serious yarn diet last week - i have entirely too much yarn! part of going on the yarn diet meant photographing all the yarn i currently have in my stash (yarn i've purchased and yarn that's been given to me) and tagging it on Ravelry so i could find out just how much yarn i actually have.

y'all? this is just the wool for hats -


that's two file cabinet drawers (we use them to hold up our desk-top in the office, which is just a piece of formica kitchen counter-top) FULL of wool and wool-blends. and i know for a fact there's a box on it's way!

but that's the smaller stash. because after i got all the yarn photographed and the wool put away separately, i put all the cotton and acrylic into the closet in the spare room.


people, that's literally 44,000 yards of yarn. it's like a freakin' yarn shop! all the yarn in bins is yarn i've purchased in the last few years, and the skeins stacked on the top shelves is yarn that a friend of a friend found in their grandmother's attic and donated to me. much of this yarn will go to various hospital knitting projects, but i think i can knit for like FIVE YEARS and not have to buy any new yarn!

anyone have a stash problem as bad as me?!?!

{look for some photos of newly donated yarn from France and our first OHH Challenge prize sneak peek coming soon!}