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or with the brim not rolled over

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And if the brim isn’t rolled over, the beanie fits better because it sits closer to your head. It also keeps your ears warm.

As a matter of interest, and the spirit of full disclosure, this is how I would wear the Bloom-ing beanie: with the brim up, rather than double-rolled. In my experience, it provides a tighter fit, hence a warmer head. It also means that the crown sits flatter, rather than tending to the conical.

It wasn’t a quick knit for me; but then, as I’ve said frequently, I’m not a quick knitter. I started it on about 6 March and finished it by the KAL deadline of  31 March, so I’m not complaining unduly.

This month’s Knit Spin Weave KAL/CAL is cowls and/or scarves. I have a reasonable success rate with cowls, so I’ve signed up. Yeah. Right. I’ve already frogged two efforts!! Sigh. I don’t think I want to do a scarf, but then again…Perhaps the better part of valour might simply be to admit defeat now 🙂

I do hope that your crafting endeavours are meeting with slightly more success than mine. One beanie is good. A cowl as well? That would be even better!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Knitting

 

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annual cycle of feast or famine

Still going, though perhaps not strong. I made it in 1988.

Dr B’s cabled jumper is still going, though perhaps not strong. I made it in 1988.

You know how it is. After the busy-ness dies down and life gets back to normal, you want to knit, but don’t have a project in mind. You can’t quite bring yourself to get back into the swing of tinking the existing projects (there are several, as I said last time). And then, into your email inbox – right on cue, just like last year – pops some irresistible temptation from Bendigo. Last year it was sock yarn that lured me. This year, it’s their latest, lovely, special yarn. The variegated colourways are attractive and there’s a black-grey mix. YoungB’s birthday jumper – in some pattern suited to the yarn, of course, not the original choice over which he dithered so much I gave up – looks like a winning option again. Quickly, before you change your mind, you dig out a fast, easy pattern and order the yarn. Well, that’s what I did, anyway.

Then Dr B and YoungB returned from visiting a friend, who continues to be remarkably impressed by the – now very old and falling to pieces, but too nice to throw out – jumper I made for Dr B during the first year we were married, and which he still wears because he loves it. As you can see, it’s riddled with cables, albeit at the lower end of complexity. Otherwise you die of boredom. Right? It is a nice jumper and I think it’s beginning to influence YoungB (who once refused to borrow it for a ski trip because of the cables; but who’s now experienced a truly chilly, Northern-hemisphere winter and has doubtless seen others wearing handmade jumpers of similar design).

YoungB then suggested that he’d quite like a beanie. With cables on it. I hauled out my trusty old Patons Book 483 Winter Warmers that I’ve been using for ever, and showed him a couple of patterns. He chose a Fair Isle one, pattern 17, as well as one with cables, pattern 18, after also considering pattern 22, which is the one I made for Dr C a couple of years ago. He and I shuffled off to our LYS to choose some yarn. I’ve been knitting for enough years to know that, as long as you buy reasonable quality yarn and ensure that it’s all from the same manufacturer – as well as the obvious colour and dye-lot matches, if it’s a single-colour buy – then you don’t have to buy the yarn specified. After looking at and comparing several different brands of pure-wool yarns, we picked out four different shades of blue for the Fair Isle beanie, and a grey wool and alpaca mix for the cabled number (I see it more as an obvious grey, he sees it as having a strong teal hue).

Now all I have to do is think of something quick and appropriate that I can make for a colleague’s birthday on Thursday, though I’ll start the knitting immediately and, fnigres corsesd, hope that I don’t get too many interruptions. Realistically, I’m likely to come to grief on the jumper but it IS a quick and easy pattern. The beanies will take time, but when you commute for the best part of three hours, five days a week, then time is not your main problem. It’s finding the dedication. Given that YoungB specifically asked for a beanie, and chose the pattern and yarn himself, then I dare say the dedication will be easier to find than it often is.

Have you reached the annual point where you simply have to have some knitting to keep you sane?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Knitting

 

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bonnie bonce beanie

I like this beanie and it’s just my size (which should mean it will fit Dr C, as she and I are about the same size). I tagged it wrongly last time as being a different Patons pattern, but that’s part of having two books with similar patterns (one very old, one much newer, and sometimes I mix and match a bit from one to the other). It’s properly pattern 22, a Family Knitted Cap from Patons Book 483. I am not a fan of 2 x 2 rib, so I changed to a 1 x 1. Other than that, it’s knitted according to instructions. The Murano yarn that I used is nominally an 8-ply, but it feels slightly heavier to me and has knitted up to a lovely, firm finish (the cables help with that too, of course). And, you know, I even made a pompom. I’m not a fan of them and I don’t much enjoy making them but in this case, I decided I’d do as I was told. Ahem.

My usual hat model was at rowing training, so this is a very odd sort of selfie!

My usual hat model was at rowing training, so this is a very odd sort of selfie!

I like the yarn, too, but was really disappointed to find a knot in it! I mean, part of the joy of a 200 g ball of yarn is that you can just knit for a long time without having to worry about joining. That wasn’t the end of the world and luckily I caught it in time to avoid any tinking. Would I use the yarn again? Most certainly. Would I knit this pattern again? That’s also a certainty as I think this is the third or fourth time I’ve used it anyway. Would I make a pompom for it next time? Uuh, maybe not. And can you see the cables? I think so.

The only thing I had to scratch my head about was the seam. You can see I’ve ended up with distinct stripes and that’s part of the fun. However, they’re not entirely symmetrical in the usual way because they owe their existence to the yarn’s changing colours. Therefore, I couldn’t match them precisely. It’s obvious in a couple of spots that they’re just not meant to match, but I tried to keep it as even as I could. And when I say I followed the instructions, I did misread the bit about decreasing to shape the crown. I couldn’t truthfully tell you what I did there; but no matter; it worked. I ended up with the right number of stitches and I made sure I decreased similarly across any given decrease row. Think of it as a design feature. That’s what I plan to do.

Although this won’t fit YoungB, he’s much taken by it and wouldn’t mind such a thing; except that, as he rightly says, he already has quite a lot of beanies. But I don’t know. Can you have too many knitted hats to keep your head warm?

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Knitting

 

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