Hidden Gems I’ve Knit Before

I’ve been on a quest lately for hats. I know with this crazy weather summer will be here before I know it but I’ve still go hats on the brain. My head is cold since there isn’t much hair to insulate me. LOL And next thing I know it’ll be fall and I still won’t have sufficient hats to keep me warm.
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Over the weekend I started to round up my heavier knits and cleaning up my coat closet in preparation of washing and storing my knits for the summer. I came across this hat tucked into the back of the coat closet. This is the Lucy Hat, an asymetrical worsted weight hat that I’m pretty sure I knit using dk weight back in 2012. Almost 6 years later and this hat still look good because I haven’t worn it a lot in the last few years. I only thought it looked good when I had longer hair but now I’m liking it with this shorter cut. Add in the asymmetry of the hat and it curves down the back of my head where I’m coldest. Winner! Of course I’m immediately thinking of what other colors I should make this in. Perhaps I’ll use some of the Madelinetosh in Cosmic Silver leftover from when I finish my Dotted Rays shawl?
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I’ve also been slowly building up a little stash of Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK in fun colors so perhaps one of these could be a pop color (I’ve also got 2 skeins of the fun purple shade called Spell on the way)? And Maryland Sheep and Wool is this weekend and I haven’t really sat down to think of my projects for fall and budget to determine what I want to buy. I like to go to Sheep and Wool with cash and a plan for yardage so I don’t come out with yarn that’s pretty but doesn’t have a purpose. Gaaaah, so much to consider but I definitely know a fun color palette for some new hats is definitely in order.

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FO: Friday’s & Madness

It’s Friday!
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I can’t believe April is almost over! But if May means we get warmer temps I’m happy for time to keep speeding on by me. I’m totally ready for summer and I’m ready to start more cotton colorowork projects. I realized I finished another Madness hat (remember my first one for practice that I gave to my friend Jess) but hadn’t shared this hat because it’s been grey and dreary so I haven’t taken any real pictures…but I’ll share anyway.
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I bought a new spring/fall coat to replace a beloved bright green and blue plaid coat. I love Boden’s Waterproof Mac, they’re lined, have detachable hoods and have carried me into January when the weather is mild and then carry me through spring’s rainy and cold days. But my green and blue plaid version was showing some wear and tear and they had a 40% off sale so I decided to buy a new bold grey and white polka dot version at the best price point. That also meant I needed a new hat. After hemming and hawing and going back and forth on what color palette I wanted with the coat I ended making another Madness Hat. I used up using a little bit of the sparkly grey Tempting Ewe Sparkly DK and some leftover Madelinetosh Twist DK in Snowcone Shack that I used in this sweater.
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I prefer the side where the colorful yarn is more dominant than the sparkle. But hey, whatever mood I’m in is the side I can wear. That’s the beauty of brioche. Also if you’re interested in the Madness Hat pattern it’s intended for bulky weight but I’ve actually made it with worsted weight and now  this dk weight version. A few people said they felt it was big with bulky weight so I just took it down a needle size and yarn weight and it’s a closer fit for sure. Maybe once the skies clear up I’ll get pics of me wearing my hat and my coat.

Stitching Status: Shall I Shawl?

I realized the other day that I usually work on two projects at the same time. When one stitch pattern gets monotonous I pick up something else to shake off the boredom (you know rows of stockinette can get a bit boring). So while I’m working on a secret test knit sweater I decided to also whip up a shawl.
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I started and frogged the Dotted Rays shawl in fingering weight yarn last fall.
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I didn’t love this pink color palette and the fingering weight yarn wasn’t cooperating with me. BUT since cutting off all my hair and having this cooler spring weather and crazy office cold I decided I wanted to add another shawl to my rotation to keep my neck warm. I wear my Find Your Fade shawl a lot but wanted something more neutral (shocker coming from me but everything can’t be full of color). So I decided to try the Dotted Rays shawl again but in the dk weight version. At first I was going to do several colors but I kept going back to wanting something a bit more neutral that would go with everything. So I dug into my stash and pulled out this Madelinetosh DK Twist in Cosmic Silver I bought in April 2016. I have 6 skeins and this project will probably require about 4 of them, so I’ll have enough to maybe make some fingerless mitts and/or a hat for the fall too. Whenever there is a Madelinetosh sale I typically buy a sweater quantity of yarn and I intended to make this a sweater but last year I also bought the same colorway in worsted weight and made this lovely sweater for myself and Jellybean!
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So I decided why not use all that yarn to make a huge shawl for myself? The color pops are more subtle in the dk weight but they’re there. And this is something easy to work on when my test knit gets boring or I can’t travel with my full sweater. I’d love to do a dk weight two color brioche shawl too but I just haven’t found a pattern I love. Anybody have any suggestions?