FO: Hats & Unexpected Hiatuses

I realized I hadn’t checked in for about a week and I didn’t meant to take a hiatus…I just haven’t felt like I had a ton to say while I was working on lots of little thing. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with work, teaching (I never consider it work because it doesn’t really feel like it), a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the long weekend and then a little upcoming mandatory down time (I have to have a minor surgical procedure that will require me to rest this weekend – which means knitting and dog snuggles are required). But throughout everything, I still knit.
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So one of my latest hats (I told you, 2018 is the clearly the year of the hat for me) is another Karite hat. You may remember the one I made in black in December as a gift. This is a lovely purple version using the Fiberist Audubon Worsted for my girlfriend Alisa. She asked for a simple purple hat and I thought this would fit the bill. Also, this is a really yummy yarn to work with. I loved the color and it just felt great while I was working with it. I’m interested in trying more!
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Also I try on all hats before they are given way. I have to make sure they fit! I love the look of this hat pattern and totally have intentions to make it in an off white version for myself…I just never seem to get around to it!
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I also offered to put a pompom on it and she declined. I told her she was no fun. I feel like most hats require a pom on top. It just ups the cuteness factor by like 200%!

So I just wanted to pop in to say yes, I’m still here and plugging along but I might quiet for just a bit longer but I’ll be back! Knit on my friends!

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FO: Grey’s Hoodie

I think 2018 might be my year of small projects. They’re just so satisfying and quick! My latest is a seed stitch hoodie for my friend’s son.
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This is the Manda Ruth cardigan, a simple top down hooded sweater for a baby. A lot of people in comments said the sizing was small but I’ve made this pattern twice (the first one was for Jacob who I made a stuffed dog for last year) and it has fit both recipients so I don’t necessarily agree with the comments. I think the color possibilities for this are endless and I love a little hoodie for kids for spring. When it’s getting a little chilly and you might not have a hat at least you’ve got a hood!
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I don’t love doing seed stitch but it’s better to do it in small sizes rather than larger ones. And since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share the cutest Valentines that were sent to the dogs.
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Jacob and his sister Leah who I made the stuffed dogs for named their dogs Max and Sally and Jacob thought Max and Sally should send Cher and Jellybean Valentines! Kids are just the best. Happy Valentine’s Day!

FO: A Sparkly Beezee

I knit another brioche hat this month with the original intentions of giving it to my girlfriend Alisa. I mentioned she wanted a hat with purple in it but she told me she wanted simple. I quickly realized I was not making a simple hat and that it would be better suited for me than for her. So the Beezee hat became my latest brioche wonder and I’m happy I kept it.

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Teal side is dominant here.

One of the things I love about brioche knitting is that it creates a reversible fabric so I love picking great contrasting colors. For this hat I decided to use the leftovers of my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn from my first Rain Outside shawl and a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Rock Creek Park, a lovely deep teal. I love how the metallic pops through when you wear it with the teal color as the dominant color on the hat. If I’m feeling a bit fancier I can wear the metallic side out.

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Metallic side is dominant here.

I picked this pattern because I loved the wave pattern the brioche created. But she has several really great brioche patterns in her shop that you should check out. I love the shape of this hat and totally want to make that one too.
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I also love that it let’s me use of some of those half skeins of dk weight yarn or leftovers from my jumbo Miss Babs Yowza skeins and turn them into color finished objects. And I’ve got another road trip coming up soon so I just might be knitting up another hat in the car. So have I convinced any of you to pick up your two colors and hop on the brioche band wagon?