Waiting for Spring

Mondays, amirite?

Hi guys, I’ve got some knitting to show you today! (Shocking, I know)!

Remember the abandoned Rikke hat that I found the other day? Well, I actually was able to finish it just a day later. For some reason, I remember setting it aside because the miles of garter stitch in the round was poisoning my mind Théoden, King of Rohan style. K not really, that’s a super extreme comparison, but you know what I mean if you’re not a fan of purling. My motivators were 1) clearing some ancient UFOs off the needles (a current goal), 2) loving the look of the finished product, and 3) actually needing a spring hat, preferably slouchy.

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No mods to the pattern except knitting only 8″ plain before the crown decreases, instead of 9″. It is still plenty slouchy (here’s my project page with more photos).

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Photo courtesy of Mom, who was in town this weekend. Side note: I realized, while traipsing about Boston, that my mom, Jason, and I were all wearing hats that I had knit. ❤

Jason’s Canucks socks are coming along. These are some plain vanilla (not to knock vanilla) toe-up afterthought heel socks knit from Tumbleweed Yarn. I got the yarn as a kit which includes a mini skein of matching blue for the heels and toes. He was a little wary of his heel-less sock after I took out the waste yarn (excuse the pile of Mom-stuff).photo 1 (34)

The saga with incorrect needle size continues, in which I lied last time that I finally had the right needles. I don’t!!! They’re actually 40″ 2.0 mm instead of 2.25 mm. GARRRH. I no longer even know if it’s possible to order 40″ 2.25 mm Addis on Amazon. Part of it is possibly me messing up with US needle sizes. I shall forge on with my current 32″ needles. There’s no way this project is going to cost me another set of Addis! (But if you do know which size to order… help a knitter out. So far I have tried US 1 and US 0).

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I was worried that this sock construction wouldn’t allow enough room in the gusset, since I have knit a pair of afterthought heel socks for myself and they were way too tight in that area. However, I recommend the pattern that I’m using, which cleverly adds a few stitches before and after the heel, to make the gusset roomier. Can I still say gusset if there’s no heel flap? Hmm. Anyway, the pattern is Vanilla Socks by Carle’ Dehning.

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Lastly, I cast on a new project today! This is for 2 KALs that are happening on Ravelry. The first is the Alana Along with the 2 Knit Lit Chicks, in which we have until March 31st to knit any one of Alana Dakos’s beautiful patterns. The second KAL is the Malabrigo March 2015 Giveaway with my secret lover, Mr. Yarn. We have until March 31st to knit any project out of Malabrigo yarn.

I am knitting Twigs and Willow Mitts by Alana Dakos out of Malabrigo Sock in the Ivy colourway. 2 birds, yo!

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So far it is going swimmingly. I can’t wait to have a pair of fingerless mitts for spring! I’m about 30% into the left hand mitt, and enjoying seeing the little leaves emerge. Lots of new-to-me techniques in this one, so it does require a good amount of attention, but not so much that I can’t watch this week’s episode of The Knit Girllls at the same time 🙂

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That’s it for knits at the moment. We took on Monday head-first today with homemade pizza for dinner. I hope you have a fabulous week, spend lots of time with your fave fibres, and I will see you Friday!

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