Sunday, December 8, 2013

Knitting, knitting, and more knitting. . .

Dear readers!

Happy Holidays!  I've been knitting up a storm -- I learned (finally) how to knit caps.  It was an epiphany!
My hats are left to right, brown for Jonathan, green/yellow/blue for me (slightly large), and another rust/green for me.    The pattern is Ann Norling's Head Huggers No. 51.  My main problem is that my ribbing stitch is so much larger than my stockinette -- I really had to frog more than a few hats on the first try.  On the lighter colored hat -- I am going to put in a band to snug it up -- I found a great tutorial and will post when finished.
Please forgive the overexposure present in these pictures -- I was having lighting issues.  . .among other matters.
I had some leftover yarn from the cowl -- and yes, enough to make a cap.  A tip I got from my class is to weigh the finished project.  You can use that measurement (in grams) to compare to with any remaining yarns in your stash to see if there is enough yarn (in grams) to make another project -- and this works for all kinds of projects. . . I thought this was a great idea.  My instructor recommended a scale on amazon -- I might put it on my Christmas list.

I even made a stripey type of cap for Jonathan -- but in reality I would have made it much deeper had I known he would roll the band.  He is going for the Jack Nicholson look in Cuckoo's Nest.
I've been traveling a lot so knitting is easy on planes.  Above, I made another cowl (Ann Norlin's Easy Cowl in any Gauge No. 71) in Organic Cotton Blue Sky Alpaca cotton.  I was limited in the use of this cotton yarn since it has little to no stretch.

I love these leg warmers from the book "The Joy of Sox."
I changed up the colors just a bit:
But they are taking FOREVER.  I've spent a month knitting tiny little tubes.  Not as much fun as I would have thought!

All my projects are located here on my Ravelry page (PammieandthePs) -- Ravelry Project Page.

My local yarn store has a wish list that you can register for throughout the year.  I love this.  I'm thinking of putting a yarn winder on the list . . . but I'm not sure I really knit enough to do this.

I hope your Holidays are going well.  I have quite a bit of time off this week so I should be able to post more frequently.  I still haven't finished my cape . . .

12 comments:

  1. Something I've done on ribbing that helps is to use a smaller needle for the ribbing changing to the larger size for the rest of the project. Congrats on all your projects!

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    1. Thanks! I don't know why I purl so large -- I'm taking a continental converts class on Tuesday -- that may help (perhaps I am just a large purl thrower).

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  2. I just knit a hat for my daughter, I knit it 4 times before it was right. At least she likes it and has worn it.

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  3. That's a great idea Linda! Maureen -- they are a bit trickier than one realizes to get the fit right!

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  4. Wow - you've been on a tear! Love your new hats.

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  5. It is usually recommended to use a size or two smaller needle for the ribbing. That will help to tighten up the ribbing a lot. Fantastic job on your hats!

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  6. Thanks! That is a great tip!

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  7. Awesome hats - love the Nicholson look! Good tips about the ribbing too! Oh, and how cute are those leg warmers - you're more patient than I am!

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    1. Thanks Sister! I'm still working on the leg warmers (will they never be done?).

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