Monday, December 3, 2012

It's been a while

I've been gone for so long, that I don't even know where to pick up. The easiest thing to do is probably just start fresh and fill in the blanks as I go. I'll try not to disappear again.

Here's a brief run down of the last eleven and a half months: Classes for a semester. Got a new Kindle Touch for my birthday. I love love love it.Graduated college with a B.A. Took a trip to Ireland and Scotland to see friends and catch up with people. Came home with lots of clothes and yarn. Went to a few concerts. Was reminded how much I love country music. Spent the summer enjoying the weather. Accidentally killed the mint plants somehow. Been knitting. A lot. Frogged the scarf I made in Glasgow and re-knit it. Got carded at Trader Joe's while with my mother. Started singing to myself randomly. Survived Sandy. And Thanksgiving. And Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

I've been knitting a lot. Did I say that already? Really though, when you're looking for work and want to feel productive you only have a few options (cooking, cleaning, organizing, etc), all of which I've done. Knitting has provided the most satisfaction for me to be honest. Since knitting has be come a large part of my life (that doing the dishes, and stash management) you'll be hearing a lot about it. Both patterns I've created, patterns I've made, and patterns I've altered. Welcome to knitting madness. Be well.

Here's my own pattern for the hats I make for Dad:
One of Dad's hats...don't know why I can't rotate the image

Size:  To fit an extra large adult head

~ Approximately 1/2 a skein of Rowan Pure Wool Aran (100% Superwash Wool, Worsted/ 10 Ply/186 yards per skein)
~ One size 8 (5 mm) 16" circular knitting needle
~ One set of size 8 (5 mm) DPNs
~ Darning/Blunt/Tapestry needle
~ Stitch Marker

Gauge:4 1/2 - 4 Stitches and 6 rows per inch in St st

Skills Used: Knit and Purl stitches, Decreasing, Cast-on, knitting in the round

~ K- knit
~ P- purl
~ K2tog- knit two together
~ CO- cast on

CO 80 stitches (I prefer long tail cast on, but it's up to you.) Move to circular needle or DPNs. Join into round by switching the first and last stitch of cast on for a more seamless edge. Place marker between first and last stitches and follow pattern directions being careful not to twist stitches in the first few rows.

Knit in 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2 to end) until ribbing measures 2"-2 1/2" from cast on. Knit in Stockinette Stitch till hat measures 4"-4 1/4" from cast on.

Row 1: *K8, K2tog* till end of round. (72 Stitches remain)
Row 2 and all even rows to Row 12: Knit all stitches.
Row 3: *K7, K2tog* till end of round. (64 Stitches remain)
Row 5: *K6, K2tog* till end of round. (56 Stitches remain)
Row 7: *K5, K2tog* till end of round. (48 Stitches remain)
Row 9: *K4, K2tog* till end of round. (40 Stitches remain)
Row 10: *K3, K2tog* till end of round. (32 Stitches remain)
Row 11: *K2, K2tog* till end of round. (24 Stitches remain)
Row 12: *K1, K2tog* till end of round. (16 Stitches remain)
Row 13: *K2tog* till end of round. (8 Stitches remain)

Cut a 6" tail and thread through the remaining 8 stitches. Pull tight to close and weave in the ends.

Generally, I have been able to make two hats from each ball of yarn. I've also made this hat with Rowan Creative Focus ( I might even have enough left of this yarn to make a third hat).

Let me know if you have any questions about the any part of the pattern or anything else. You can send me a message here, or through email at teacupsandradios(at)gmail(dot)com .

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