05 October 2008 @ 02:09 am
OMG! Knitting!  
You guys, I knit a hat! It's the first thing I've knitted since . . . oh, lord, July, I think. And it felt damned good.

I made up the pattern as I went along, utilizing Alica Starmore's book on Fair Isle knitting and my worsted weight wool yarn scraps. There's all sorts in there, and even a little alpaca.

Yarns: Cascade 220 (flamingo), Elann Peruvian Highland Wool (burgundy/claret and light blue), Plymouth Galway Worsted (navy blue, white, rose pink, pale pink, dark green), KnitPicks Palette (palest pink, 3 strands), Atacama Auracania (turquoise and it's alpaca, 2 strands).
Needles: Size 8

It's a splendid miscellany!

There's a knitted lining there that started out as a knitted in hem, but I realized that the worsted weight made the knitting too bulky for a knitted in hem, so it turned into a full lining. It's very incredibly warm.

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I am looking at you over the top of my glasses VERY COYLY.

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It's blocking right now. It is unblocked in the pictures. The stitches evened out some, but I definitely stranded the white too tight and probably the turquoise. The issue with the turquoise not showing up might be that there's also black on the strand, so it sort of disappears into the navy blue. I can't tell. It's dark in here and no amount of interior lighting equals daylight.

But hooray! Hat!

Sadly, my goal when I started this was to knit myself a new barn hat because the one I used last winter got felted and now is child-sized. I don't think this hat will be coming anywhere near any cows.

Totally random note: I think it might be possible to replace Sarah Palin with Tina Fey and have nobody notice. It would be almost exactly like The Prince and the Pauper but I can't imagine what lesson Sarah Palin would learn. I mean, other than boggling at Tina's ability to be a much better vice-presidential candidate.
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[identity profile] newgarb.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Nice hat!

"I mean, other than boggling at Tina's ability to be a much better vice-presidential candidate."

Testify! I might actually have had to consider voting for the sickly old dude;)
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Testify! I might actually have had to consider voting for the sickly old dude;)

She would be the liberals' ace in the hole. Surprise! Sarah Palin actually supports a national health care system and gay marriage!
[identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I love your hat. LOVE.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love it too.
[identity profile] jennnlee.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Awesome hat! I haven't ventured into much colorwork yet, so it always impresses the hell out of me.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's not that hard, but I do have trouble keeping the floats loose enough when it's just a single stitch in one color against a different color. It's no harder than lace or cables, it's just a different skill set.
[identity profile] voske.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely hat! And re: Palin/Fey; one newspaper already got them mixed up.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

That is too funny! I wonder if their photo service just does a really bad job labeling photos or if it was just lack of oversight.
[identity profile] dragonling.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Nice hat!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
[identity profile] dragonling.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't done much knitting myself most of the summer. Right now, I'm working on my shawl from a Year of Lace club and a few others. Plus I wanted to do some Christmas knitting *looks at the date* Dunno how much of THAT I'll get done. This year I was only planning a couple small things anyway. I can't knit so much now that I'm not on the bus. :(
[identity profile] beraht.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I like the hat.

On a totally unrelated note, my birthday's in January. And I have a large head. Just saying.
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[identity profile] bexi.livejournal.com on October 5th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Cute cute cute cute! Great colors.
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[identity profile] cigarettes214.livejournal.com on October 6th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
hat! yay!

Tina Fey is really the only person who can save this election.
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[identity profile] saraic.livejournal.com on October 6th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Soo cute! I want one - but we are coming in to summer here.....which will give me a little while to work out how to knit again.....
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[identity profile] sora50.livejournal.com on October 6th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Adorable.
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