Friday, February 26, 2010

Can I Finish in Time?

Hat Progress
Originally uploaded by wendymc
Nearing the end of the Olympics, and I still have a ways to go on my Ravelympic project! I'm about an inch farther than the photo shows, but since the ribbed cuff portion of the hat is to be 8 inches, I have a ways to go yet! I need to find some more knitting time! I've been really busy, so even though I carry this project with me everywhere, and the mindless ribbing section lets me pick up and go, I'm just not getting enough time to work on it. That and fingering weight yarn is slow going. I've seen others knit this project in DK weight and I think that would have been better. I like how floppy the drape is on this one, but I'm worried it will be a bit small.

Still, I'm going to try and finish, but it will be close!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Our Bitchybees knitting group is participating in the Ravelympics, and of course I joined in, too. I'm a pretty busy gal so despite the urge to sign up for a ton of events, I started with just one, with a special personal challenge. I'm knitting myself a lacey hat, the Eyelet Hat from Vogue Knitting. The hat itself won't be a challenging knit, the challenge is in knitting something FOR MYSELF and knitting ONLY THAT PROJECT until it is done. I am not a monogamous knitter at all. I'm distractable, easily enticed to start new things, and bad for not finishing projects. So my challenge to myself is to knit on only this hat until it is 100% complete. Every end woven in, blocked if needed, and ready to wear. Even in the first few days, I've struggled with wanting to try other things, or bring a second project along with me.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Argen's Rainbow Hat

Argen's Rainbow Hat
Originally uploaded by wendymc
I don't often knit for my kids. I just can't bear to watch them outgrow items in less time than it took me to knit them! So instead I focus most of my knitting efforts on gifts. Gifts for babies, especially, since they are so small and fast.

But when Argen kept wearing a hat I had knit him, despite it being much too small, and requested I knit him a Rainbow Hat to replace it, I couldn't say no. He wanted it to cover his ears, so I finally had a reason to try out the Cameron's Cap (pdf) Pattern. I wanted it to be superwash wool to be warm but stand up to some washing and abuse, of course. I found that Mochi Plus had a great rainbow colourway, and BOY is it ever soft. It's a loosely spun single-ply that worked up great for a warm winter hat.

He loves it.