Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pretty in Pink

I am really pleased with my accomplishments this week. Two small items, but both were pretty intricate and so, required lots of concentration.

On weekends, once required errands are completed and I put in a little time in the yard, I can spend a couple of relaxing hours in front of the TV, watching movies and knitting.

During the week, my knitting time is pretty limited, so I am plugging away at fair entries, about 45 minutes a night (watching Dr. Who re-runs, and now, new summer season shows) one recorded hour (actually 45 minutes if you fast-forward through commercials like we do) a night.

This one's a fair entry.

Pattern is in one of the little Vogue Knitting On the Go books, Caps and Hats ((c)1999). It's called Swirl Cap and features a total of 23 stitch keys including 20 for shaping the cable(s). Lots of looking back and forth!

Right now, it's drying on an inflated balloon. I am so pleased with the result!

Yarn is Sidar Denim Tweed DK that I got in a grab bag from the Yarn Girls. Yarn is MW blend of acrylic, cotton, and wool. Not terribly scratchy. (Faint praise, no?) You never know what will be in one of those grab bags, but I've found that I always get full value.

Next FO (actually, I finished this one first) is from this very scary booklet ((c) 1976) that I bought at a used book sale (probably $5 a bag on the last day). Thank you Friends of the Library or AAUW!

More than 40 patterns (for the princely sum of $2 cover price) and probably 10 that I will make (eventually). I figure that each useable pattern cost me about 2 cents.

It has a couple of very Carnaby Street designs (Hey, there, Georgie girl), and those ski masks right out of a 1970s slasher flick, but there are also some pretty nice classics.

This was the first one that I knit.

I converted the crown to circular (it has a seam) because the intended victim recipient doesn't need that in her life right now. (Who does? Ever?) The brim is knit with two strands and sewn on after.

I confess that I attempted to knit and attach as I went and gave up after a very few minutes.

I love the way the decreases are done on this and will try to remember so that I can replicate when I make beanies with a cable or rib pattern.

Yarn is Classic Elite Classic Silk (another grab bag treasure) and is a cotton, silk and nylon blend.

It's in the mail and should arrive Monday.


Love the cabled one (actually both of them are fantastic!).

I was sad to learn that Pittsburgh doesn't seem to have a county fair. Guess no fair knitting for me this year :(
Wonderful hats, lucky recipients.
I love that first cabled hat! No wonder it required a bit of attention: 23 stitch keys does seem a bit intimidating.

The second hat is adorable and looks perfect for spring/summer outdoor activities. Fishing, birdwatching, hiking, barbecuing... the possibilities are endless!
Hey, I've got that book...and I made that hat too!

I did mine in a brown cotton for summer.

Yours is beautiful.

I love it!

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