Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hat #2: 3rd Time is the charm

This hat is called Once Upon a Tam it is a free Ravelry download. It is based on a hat seen on Once Upon a Time (the TV show on ABC) which I like for the lovely hand knits.  This photo is not the best and the color is really darker and prettier. Plus I have not yet blocked the hat. The pattern is really well written. Of course, my row gauge is off as usual so I added some plain knitting rows between the charts. 

Issues: The 1st time I cast on the needle was too large and I did not like how it looked, so I ripped it out. 2nd cast on, I got through row 2 when I realized that I had twisted the stitches and I had to rip it out again. The cast on is 168 stitches, this I a lot of ripping out, just saying.  The 3rd time worked just fine.
I thought about using a larger needle for the body of the hat, but I really like the fabric I got with the 3.

The yarn is Lotus Mimi, it is 100% Mink. It was very nice to knit with (although it was a little slippery) and the end product is soft and light as air. It is fantastic. 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hat Number ONE

I cast on my first hat of the year on January 1st and I finished it on January 5th. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.  The pattern, Twig Lace Cap, is from Lace One Skein Wonders and I made it out of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. This is a brand new yarn from Rowan and it will be showing up in the shop mid-January. It is a nice yarn, it is machine washable and I enjoyed knitting with it. The pattern was well written and the repeat was easy to memorize once you got going. I did make a mistake, but I do not think it makes a big difference. 

I like this hat. I think it is really pretty.

Hat number two here I come!!