I will admit, that while knitting it up, I got a little concerned. A 4-inch brim, plus 9 inches of stockinette? That’s almost enough knitting to make two regular caps. I didn’t love how it looked as I worked it up. I mean, look at it. It’s so long and awkward.But I’m glad I followed the instructions and worked through to the end. It goes to show that people who write patterns sometimes know what they’re talking about.
Ta-da!But you can’t really see the lovely floppiness from this angle. Let me take a picture of the back of my head for you.(It turns out that it’s really hard to take a picture of the back of your own head. I ended up with about two dozen pictures like this one.) Here’s a real picture of the the side/back view of the hat:Totally cute, right!? It’s the perfect level of slouchy. The Tosh Merino Light is so stinking soft, I never want to take it off. And, it’s a lovely mid-weight hat; it’s perfect for the damp 50’s weather that Seattle is so famous for.
This pattern definitely gets my seal of approval! The Sockhead Slouch Hat is one of my new favorite patterns!
(And, if you thought I could get out the camera without taking a picture of Ollie, you were mistaken.)Do you have any new favorite projects?
I don’t know if you do this, but every time I finish a big project (especially if it’s a big project that I had to finish on a deadline), my mind goes entirely blank.
Like, it’s just static. *bzzzxzxzzxbbxbxzzz* Nothing happening in there.
My brain is buzzing right now (and not in the good “I’ve got a million great ideas” way). I just finished a big, purple, stockinette thingfor a design I’ve been working on for the last month, and now I’ve got a couple weeks to knit something “for myself” before my next work project comes along.I think it must be something about pouring all your focus, attention, and creative drive into one specific project. Focusing so intensely that you don’t think about your “next steps” as you go. I used to get the same feeling after finals in college. My mind would totally empty for a day or two after, and I’d just bounce around campus, trying to find something to do.
I’ve spent the morning looking at Ravelry, but nothing is sticking. Maybe I’ll look through the craft books I got for Christmas- maybe I’ll find something cool in there? Or maybe I’ll just spend the day glaring at my yarn, and hoping it develops the ability to speak and tells me what I should make next.Am I the only one? (Probably not- if you ask that, you’re not the only one, as a rule.) What do you do to break through the “just finished a project” zone-out?
(OK, actually I had meant to take these guys to the post office before Christmas… but the post office at Christmas should be avoided at all costs, so I procrastinated like a champ.)
It’s time for my bears to get all packed up and head up north, then to be sent out to all the corners of the world to meet up with their kids.
I’ve managed to finish 11 bears this year, all with leftover yarn and sweet little (grumpy) faces made out of felt. I’ve tied the little tags onto their wrists, and they’re packed up snug to fly to Mother Bear HQ in Minnesota.Once they get there, I’ll keep my eye out on their photo gallery to see if I can spot these little guys when they finally get where they’re going.Now I have to find another box and start making more bears for next year!
Phew! I made it just in the nick of time! Grandma’s sweater is done! And it’s awesome! (And that’s a lot of exclamation points!)
I finished the sweater with exactly 52 inches of blue yarn left. It was a nail-biter, let me tell you. (I’m all about reducing waste, but this was ridiculous.)
But all’s well that ends well, right? The sweater has turned out beautifully! The Biggo yarn I used blocked up wonderfully. And, I’m so glad I made the change from dark gray to light. It turned out so much better than it would have otherwise.
I even found the perfect buttons! They’re bright pink, to match the snowflakes, and just a tiny bit sparkly (the photos don’t do them justice). I drove all over Seattle looking for them, and, when I found them, I thoroughly freaked out the clerk who helped me find them by doing a little happy dance. It was exciting, what can I say?
Now I just have to wait and see if it fits! Cross your fingers for me!
It’s the end of an era! The project has been finished and I am just a little bit cozier than I was before. (And just in time for it to start feeling distinctly fall-ish around here.)
I finished my Stellar’s Jay Cardigan. I added my zipper, and, when my extra yarn arrived, finished up the missing arm and grafted it in place. I blocked it out and pretty much haven’t taken it off since.
The Knit Picks Swish Worsted is so fluffy, cozy and soft. And, it’s machine washable, so I don’t worry about wearing it all the time. The only problem with the yarn is that it’s so soft that it’s already starting to pill in the armpits, but that’s not a huge problem, I can just remove the pills as they come up.
I couldn’t be happier with how this sweater has turned out!
(Sorry for the slightly weird photo. I just spent fifteen minutes trying to take a decent selfie of the sweater. Let’s just say that there are simply days when photos shouldn’t/won’t happen. Instead, here’s a snapshot that a friend of ours took of my husband and me. Maybe if the photography gods smile on me later, I’ll add a more traditional sweater photo later.)