What’s on the needles? A new hat by one of my new favorite designers. I love the subtle textural elements of this hat. Clean lines with interesting details…so Whit 😍.
Enjoying knitting my Kōpekapeka Hat by Francoise Danoy!
Recently, I had a lot of personal deadlines come up. This had left me feeling like I got home from work to “work” again. Don’t get me wrong my “work” was enjoyable, but I was feeling a little too busy for my liking.
First off I was prepping for a craft fair I was part of last Sunday. I spent the week before getting all of the hats and scarves washed and ready for sale. I made some pretty good sales, but I still had A LOT of hats left. Hopefully, I can find another craft fair to partake in. I just hate having FOs just sitting around in storage.
My book club just finished the The Hypnotist Love Story by Liane Moriarty. I had about 3 months to read this book (we took a break over the summer holidays) and of course I waited to the last minute to read it. Instead of slowly savoring the story, I was barreling through about 75 pages a night. Good thing it was pleasurable reading or I would have been in some trouble. Overall, the book was cute. A little predictable in parts, but still a satisfying read.
I also had two knitting projects that needed to be completed ASAP. I made little animal hats for a couple of twins that will arrive later this fall. Infant hats are super easy to make, but the sewing was what had me dragging my feet. Ugh I hate sewing on all the little parts. On the bright side, I got a splendid result. I used the patterns on the blog Little Red Window as guides (Koala and Panda). I changed the number stitches casted on, used US Size 6 needles, and modified the way the eyes/noses/ears were created. The yarn was Berroco Comfort in Chalk, Liquorice, and Ash Grey. The associate at my LYS recommended the yarn, and I am delighted with the result. It is so so soft. Perfect for babies!
Until Next Time
There are so many choices of patterns to make that one could spend a week (or more) sifting through all of them. Websites like Ravelry, Craftsy, and Pinterest have greatly opened the accessibility to patterns of all types. On one hand it is amazing to have so many choices at my fingertips, however, it can feel a little overwhelming. There are just so many factors that go into choosing a project.
- Design Elements: Depending on what is on the blogs and Instagram, I often get fixed on a design elements I want to perfect or try. Recently, it was making socks with an afterthought heel.
- Time and Needle Size: For me these two factors go together. Smaller needles most often means more time needed knitting. Sometimes you might want a slow burning project while other time a quick fix will do the trick.
- The Season/Weather: I no longer make bulky weight projects for myself as I live in a temperate climate. I also like to wear my projects soon after making them. Therefore, I tend to stick to seasonally appropriate fibers and projects.
- Recommendations: Whether it is friends or other bloggers I will always consider a recommended project. Hence the completion of my Jaywalker Socks and Nutkins.
- Stash Yarn: Although I don’t keep a large yarn stash there are some impulse buys in my bin. When the time comes to create them into something great, I like to use Ravelry’s search features to help guide my selection.
Until Next Time
Generally, I am a monogamous knitter but lately my attention has been all over the place.
My Rainbow Dovetail Scarf is in hibernation as I ran out of yarn.☹️️
A couple of weeks ago I broke into my newer yarn and began My Favorite Cardigan. This is a really enjoyable knit. I am enamored by the color, the plushiness of the yarn, and the pattern. It is pretty perfect TV knitting. I just got past the sleeve divide and now am working the body.
I am also currently blocking a ton of hats. On Sunday, I am participating in an Artisan Fair at my husband’s school. I made about 35 hats and headbands as well as 8 scarves for the event. The hats are taking forever to dry as it has been rather cloudy and chilly here in San Francisco. Hopefully everything is ready for Sunday.