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We have lots of appointments this week so plenty of reading and knitting time. 


I finished one hat that will either be gifted or donated and started another one for my SIL. Both are the One Skein Action hat from one of my knitting books and made from fingering weight yarn. I’ve got yarn here to make one for Rae too. It’s just a little beanie but so easy to make that it’s the perfect project. I tried a scarf but have pulled it out twice already!! I may try again next week when we’ll have more time at home. 

Another finish

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This is the perfect hat right now… I’ve made 3 for my SIL in fingering weight yarn. 


I searched Ravelry for hats and have made several from worsted weight yarns that will be fine this fall and winter but it was hard to find a fingering weight yarn that she could use right now. This was from one of my books and I finished the 3rd one tonight and am ready to cast on another. 

Hat #5

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Still not happy with the results here – not the fault of the pattern, just me trying to knit it to a gauge/size that I love. 

Pattern – Occasional Purl Hat

Needles – US size 7

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza, light worsted 


The back – love when the top of a hat comes together so nicely. 


I’m thinking I need to try the size 7 needles with a more robust worsted weight yarn. I will give it another try but probably not next. 

Another hat

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The Sock Yarn Slouch hat is done although there’s not a lot of slouch in it which is fine with me but I’m not a fan of the twisted rib for the band. 

Pattern is free on Ravelry

Needles US size 1

Fingering yarn from stash, KnitPicks Hawthorne


Hat #5 has been cast on – it’s another Occasional Purl Hat – the first one I made I didn’t do all the decrease rows because I thought it was going to be too big and it turned out too short….wearable, but a little too short. 

Hat Head

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I’ve finished 3 hats and am working on #4 and now that I’m home I can show the finished ones on hat head!

First the red Hurricane hat. It’s a free pattern found on Ravelry – it’s the third one I’ve made and I will be making others. I love the pattern and it’s a quick knit. 

Size US 7 needles

Superwash wool, worsted weight yarn from stash


Back of Hurricane Hat


Not so quick was this one from one of my knitting books – Action One Skein hat (Ravelry link) – but I love how light weight it is. 

Size US 2 needles

Superwash wool, fingering weight yarn from stash


Back of the Action One Skein hat


Hat #3 is the Occasional Purl hat and I think I made this one a little short but I’m going to do another version of this one too. It’s also a free pattern. 

Size US 8 needles

Superwash wool, worsted weight yarn from stash


Back of the Occasional Purl hat


Hat #4 is also from fingering weight yarn so it’s taking longer but I’m making progress. 

Lazy!!

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It’s 1pm and I haven’t even showered or started to work today – so, so lazy but I was up really late last night. First knitting and then reading. 

I was ready to cast on a new hat in fingering weight yarn but I just didn’t want to think as hard as the Slipstream hat was going to require so I cast on an easier one. I will make the Slipstream one eventually but in addition to the unfamiliar stitches, it’s going to require some adjustment in the number of stitches I cast on … Which means adjustment in the pattern when it’s time to decrease and my brain just wasn’t up to all that last night. 

So here’s one from a book I bought a while ago – haven’t ever made anything from it so this is good! My yarn will work up differently than the one she used but maybe I can find a similar yarn with shorter color changes and make another one later. The pattern isn’t available online although you can see the ones people have made on Ravelry

One thing I love about Ravelry is the notes that people add when they make something – in this case I thought that 5 inches before the decreases would be too short and reading the notes, I see that it is so I’ll know to knit to my usual height about 6.25 before starting the decreases. The Ravelry notes for the SlipStream hat were also helpful In that they told me that the band was too loose with the number of stitches cast on. All good stuff to know before starting a project!

Quilted

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This one is for my sister – Mom pieced it, I quilted it and I hope it’s not too heavy! Luckily, she lives near the mountains in VA so it should be nice and toasty this winter. She wanted a quilt that was soft with a lot of drape so we used Minkee for the backing – I’ve done these both with and without batting and she wanted batting in it – She may need a summer quilt too. 

Quilting is hard to see on the front but it’s the pantograph Leapfrog. It’s the most open one I have and she wants this to be soft and “broken-in ” feeling. 


Here’s a photo of the back.


#11 of 15 to be quilted in July. There are just 4 more to quilt while I’m here – one last one of my Aunt’s bed-runners, another RWB donation quilt of mine, and then I’ll choose the last two from my other donation tops waiting for quilting. 

I also finished the crown decreases on my first hat and will cast on the second one when the plumber leaves. We’ve got a couple minor things needing attention so I scheduled the work to be done before we leave. 

The yarn is a KnitPicks worsted weight.

Quilted

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The 3rd bed runner for my aunt is quilted – #10 of 15 to be quilted in July. Freehand swirls and thankfully I just have one more of these left to do!


I took this photo earlier today but I’m already about half way done with the crown decreases. I’ll finish it up tomorrow and cast on another hat (a different pattern). The pattern’s called Huricane Hat (free on Ravelry)  and it’s an easy knit. 

On my needles

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I’m waiting for Keith to leave tomorrow to start my crochet scarf – I need to concentrate on a new method to me – a foundation chain where the chain and the first row are done at the same time – so in the meantime, I’m working on my Yowza shawl while we’re watching the Tour de France. 

I love this colorway – the yarn is Miss  Babs Yowza – a worsted weight yarn.