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Monday, November 14, 2011

Dawn's 3AM Cable Hat

3AM Cable Hat

Pattern: 3AM Cable Hat
Yarn: 1.5 balls, Elann Superwash Bamboo, Claret
Needles: 4.0mm (US6), 2 circular needles

I'm slowly getting back into knitting. It seems like years since I last finished something so it feels good to finally have something to show. This is my latest FO ... my 3AM Cable Hat knit for Dawn who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. This would normally be a quick knit requiring only a couple of days. Can you guess how long it took me?  One week? Two weeks? Nope. It took me one month(!) of on and off knitting. I cast on 108 sts on 10/8 and weaved in ends on 11/9.

This was my first time working with this Superwash Bamboo yarn. It is a DK weight yarn, 65% superwash wool 35% bamboo, which feels soft in the hands. Dawn is actually the girlfriend of someone in my mafia. No, not a real mafia. LOL. Mafia Wars mafia. I asked him what colors she liked when I offered to knit her a hat; he told me black and red. Well, I didn't have any black yarn in my stash, but I did have some red. I love this Claret color and it has a nice sheen to it. I hope it holds up OK to everyday wear. It is supposedly machine washable. The label says machine wash cold, gentle, dry flat. The superwash wool I've knit quite a bit with in the past is a Cleckheaton, can't recall the exact name, Country somethingorother I think, which I liked a lot, a good workhorse yarn that held up well to washing. I'm hoping this Superwash Bamboo yarn will hold up just as well, but I'm not as hopeful since this yarn has a more "delicate" feel to it, I suppose it is the bamboo content?

This is what it looks like when brim in unfolded

I've never been good with measurements and sizing. Guage? What's that? I've never met Dawn before and had no idea what size hat she would need so I chose the 3AM Cable Hat for its forgiving nature. The cables are stretchy so should fit most people.  And I chose to do a fold-up brim so Dawn can adjust how much coverage she needs. I finished knitting the K2P2 brim on 10/16, it was ~3" or 18 rounds, before I started the cable pattern. I finished knitting the hat on 11/7 and weaved in the ends on 11/9.

All I need to do now is find a large envelope and then mail this off. Hopefully in the next day or two.


Friday, September 30, 2011

2009 Finished Objects

{Brushing the dust off of my blog}

It's been a while since I looked at my blog. Life got busy and for various reasons I was unable to knit. I eventually lost my mojo. It's still missing. Have you seen it anywhere? Due to the long absence, I find the Blogger interface has been updated and I need to get reacquainted with the new way of doing things.

I found this draft among my list of blog posts. It is dated January 2010. Looks like I meant to post a recap of 2009. I can't recall if there was anything else I intended to add to this list. 2009 seems like ancient history. Looking over the projects I mentioned in this draft, it looks like 2009 was the year I started learning how to knit socks. I still wear my hand knit socks during the winter, and they are all holding up great, with the exception of Practice Socks #2 which have shrunk a bit during washing and can no longer be worn.

Socks #8 listed below is a green textured pair of socks. I don't have these anymore. I gave it to my mom for Christmas. I'll try to dig up a photo of this pair and blog about it.

Socks #9 were red socks with a lacy traveling vine pattern. I gave these to my MIL for Christmas.

I found Socks #11, a finished pair(!), in my big bag of WIPS. These were knit with Online Supersocke 100 Savanne color 1031(variegated). I think I have photos of these somewhere, will share them with you later.

Now don't go thinking I'm pulling all this from memory. I have a little notebook with my scribbled project notes. :)

Ok, let's see if I remember how to add a photo to a blog post. :)

Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn, Color 05 Tanzanite

I started a pair of socks for my the Little One (Socks #13), maybe around June/July 2010. She calls them the "rainbow" socks because the yarn is variegated. I'm still on the foot of sock #1 and am getting close to starting the short row heel. Boy am I glad the sock is stretchy, at this rate I'm not sure whether these will fit her by the time I finish the pair.


Here are some of my 2009 Finished Objects.

Flourish Bookmarks
#1 Purple, Sock It To Me
#2 Purple, Sock It To Me

iPod Earbud Covers - 12Jun2009 blog post.

MSCS for Vicki - 4Jun2009 blog post.

Leslie's Scarf

Practice Pair of Socks #8 - Textured

Practice Pair of Socks #7 - Traveling Vine (3Aug2009 blog post)

Practice Pair of Socks #6 - Lake Tahoe Socks (12Jun2009 blog post)

Practice Pair of Socks #5 - Honeycomb (16May2009 blog post)

Practice Pair of Socks #3 (blogged here)

Practice Socks #2 (blogged here)

Practice Socks #1 (blogged here)


Test knit for Dianna - Cable Mitts

St. Albans Valentine Cable Mitts (pattern here)

Blueberry Tea Mitts (pattern here; blogged here with resizing info)

Angelina Mitts (pattern outline here)
purple toddler size, made for my 3 yr old (blogged 5Jan09 and 4Jan09)
pink kindergartener size, made for a 6 yr old (blogged 11Jan09 and 7Jan09)
peach adult size, made for ladies small hands (blogged 14Jan09)