Evil Stepmother

Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure of Bohoknits (my project: Evil Stepmother)
Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination
Colorway: Evil Stepmother (discontinued colorway)
Fiber Content: 50% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca and 25% Nylon
Needles: US 2 circular needles
Dates: January 14 to September 15, 2013
Skills: Knit, purl and decreases (k2tog)

Notes: You don’t need a whole bunch of knitting skills to make this hat happen, but what you do need is a ton of endurance. This hat is a marathon. It’s literally miles and miles and miles and miles of stockinette in the round. Miles. Be prepared to knit on this thing wherever you go, while watching all of your favorite tv shows and in your sleep. It really didn’t take me 8 months to make this hat – I put it down for quite a while – but it did take a long minute. The ribbing took longer than the body of the hat…miles of 2×2 ribbing.

The point of this pattern is to use a skein of sock yarn that you can’t bear to put on your feet as socks. I love the feel of this yarn, super soft and super cozy, but it’s a wool/alpaca/nylon blend. A blend that might be a tad too warm as socks in normal Los Angeles weather, even in the winter. But the colorway is super yummy, so a beanie it became.

After some nasty hot weather I can’t wait for it to cool down (not get cold, just cool down a tad – let’s not get crazy). A little hat weather is always welcomed after a string of 80 to 90 degree back-to-back days. Blah.

Me in my new beanie.

I look shady as shit. Shifty eyes. I would keep an eye on me.



Pattern: Dew Drop Cowl by Kelly Kingston (my project: Cappuccio)
Yarn: Noro Chirimen
Colorway: 6B
Needles: US 10 interchangeable circulars (Knit Picks Harmony)
Dates: November 5, 2012 to November 24, 2012
Skills: Cast-on & bind-off, knit & purl, decrease (k2tog) & increase (yo)

Notes: This little cowl came about due to my total lack of self control. I just had to use my new Knit Picks Harmony Interchangeables! And let me tell you, they are wonderful! They are sharp, slick, quiet and absolutely beautiful (which I talk about here and you can buy them here). They. Are. Wonderful. I’m so glad I broke down and bought them when I found them on sale. Yes, they are not cheap in anyway, but they are worth every single penny. Listen to your Auntie Chele, buy them. Buy them now.

Anyway, this pattern is super simple and yields a great cowl that can wrap around your neck once for style or twice for warmth (and style!). Even though the pattern was well written and easy enough to follow, I made a few mods. Some just because and some because I was knitting on this late one night and made a couple of mistakes.

My modifications::

  • Used a DK weight yarn (a gift from my friend Jill over at Jill & Jill)
  • I started and ended with two ridges of garter (did this to fight against the cowl rolling in on itself but it still rolls in a tad)
  • For the body of the cowl (after the first row of k2tog-yo and before the final row of k2tog-yo row) I did the following: 12 rows of knitting, a row of k2tog-yo, 5 rows of knitting, another row of k2tog-yo and then 12 more rows of knitting
  • I did a crochet bind-off with a size I crochet hook (my favorite bind-off!)

I’m super happy with how this came out. As usual, the Noro knitted up great. I love the green and orange stripes! They add a great little pop of color that I really love because it looks cheerful and contrasty. I can’t wait to rock it on a date or an evening out with friends with my winter coat. YEAH!

This is another great pattern that knits up super fast, looks great and would make a fabulous gift – and with the holidays coming up super fast, this is a good one to keep in mind!

Stripes and More Stripes

Finally! Some progress!!!  46 inches of progress!!!

Been knitting away at my Noro Striped Scarf (my project: Abstract Spectrum) and finally making some headway!

I know that a ton of people have commented about how boring it is to knit because its miles and miles of knit one purl one knit one purl one knit one purl one but I don’t mind it too much. Its football and basketball season so I can sit and watch a game and mindlessly knit on it.

However, this thing is eating up some yarn something serious. Naively (apparently), I only bought two skeins of yarn to make this scarf – one each of Abstract and Spectrum (Red Heart Boutique Treasure) – and started knitting. And knitting and knitting and knitting. Then one day I was reading on the KAL board and I noticed that someone bought four skeins of yarn. FOUR? Say whaaaaa?

I looked down at my two skeins and said to myself…”Shit. I’m not going to have enough yarn to make this as long as I want.”

But then I thought “Ohhhh, I get to buy yarn. Word.” Off to the craft store!

I’m about 46 inches in and still working on with my original skeins. Hopefully I will only have to use a little bit of the second set of skeins and have more than enough to maybe make a matching hat using the Turn a Square beanie pattern. THAT WILL BE CUTE RIGHT!!! You know, for the three days out of the year I will be able to wear them as a set. Cuz really, it was in the high 80’s today and it’s NOVEMBER.

Speaking of keeping warm and toasty, I’m also working on a quilt!

So how happenin’ is my quilt top? I used a Kona Cotton Solids fabric jelly roll called Silent Film (Robert Kaufman Fabrics) from Material Girl Chic on Etsy and this video tutorial to make this bad boy. SUPER FAST AWESOMENESS!!! Like four hours maybe? I still have the backing, binding and the actually quilting to take care of, but whoa! A quilt top! SUPER PLEASED.

But, as much as I love the quilt top, I love the look on Bailey’s face even more – “WHAT?!” Heeheehee…he cracks me up.

One last thing…not a project but a purchase. A sexy purchase! Heeeeheheheehehehe…

I finally bought my second set of Knit Picks interchangeable circulars – HARMONY STYLE! These babies FINALLY went on sale and I immediately bought them. They are so gorgeous and so nice and I want to cast on something new so I can get to using them. And don’t think I didn’t consider doing just that (almost cast on the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief to be exact). But, alas, I showed some self control and kept on knitting on my striped scarf.

Look at me! Self control!…….Oh look! Chocolate chip shortbread cookies!