On the Needles – September 4, 2015

You know I already finished the Anemone Hat for Nicole this week . . 

Anemone Hat

Anemone Hat

I’m working on the back side of the entrelac satchel. I’m really enjoying doing the entrelac and may try to find yarn to make an entrelac scarf.

Entrelac

Entrelac

The last thing I’m actively working on is my Sockhead Hat.

Silky Sockhead

Silky Sockhead

By this time next week, I hope to have the Entrelac Satchel and the Sockhead Hat finished and be deep into Loopy Academy projects.

Loopy Academy

It seemed like forever for the Loopy Academy announcement to be made but today, it was made! I was pleasantly surprised that the minimum yardage requirements for each project is 225 yards. That’s very do-able, without feeling rushed.

The projects are:

  1. Pillow – something made from Worsted or Bulky weight. I’m going to make Handspun Cushion and use Cascade 220 in the same color (Straw) as the little blanket I finished for the last Camp Loopy project.
  2. A project that has textured stitches in the body. I’m going to make Hinagiku Hat, which was one suggested by the Loopy elves. I’m going to use Shibui Baby Alpaca in the color Green Tea.
  3. A project that has cables. I’m going to make Knotted Pine, another suggestion from the elves. I’m going to use Malabrigo Silky Merino in Azules. I have Azules in another weight yarn to make a sweater so hopefully the colors will be close enough that I can wear them together and have a set that matches.

The knitting can begin as soon as the yarn arrives and has to be completed by December 31, 2015. Gosh, that sounds like a long time from now but it really isn’t! It will be here before we know it and I can’t wait . . cold weather!  :)

Anemone Hat

This Anemone Hat was quite a fun little project! I think you all know how much I dislike having my picture taken so the mere fact that I did a selfie with this hat should show how proud I was to have it finished.

Anemone Hat

Anemone Hat

The instructions say to wash and dry it to plump up the tendrils but I was afraid I would ruin it. The yarn says it can be machine washed but doesn’t say anything about the dryer. Then I figured . . why make a hat for Addie if it can’t be washed and dried and I’d rather know if it’s going to shrink or ruin before I send it to them so I washed and dried it and it did plump up the tendrils and it’s fine.

Anemone Hat

Anemone Hat

There’s an option for a regular brim and a moebius brim. Nicole wanted the moebius brim. Honestly, I thought all I was going to do was cast on and twist my stitches (instead of keeping them all straight when I joined the circle). I had no idea there was a special way to do a moebius cast on. When I looked at it, I thought . . Oh, my . . I can’t figure this out. It was so darned weird. Then I remembered what I keep telling Nicole:  Take one step at a time. Don’t worry about Step 3, til you’ve completed Steps 1 and 2. Sometimes just looking at the big picture is too confusing.

This was all about 10 p.m. on Friday evening and I got it on the second try. The weird thing is that I cast on 70 but soon ended up with 150 stitches and it took two complete rounds to make one round.

Nicole was up late knitting too and I sent her these pictures. The first time I went around, the stitch marker was on the bottom.

Anemone Hat

Anemone Hat

The second time I went around, the stitch marker was on the top and that was a complete round.

Anemone Hat

Anemone Hat

What I want to know is this:  How do people think up this kind of stuff? The instructions were easy to follow and soon I had the brim finished. Then I had to do Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off, which was a new bind off technique too. Half the stitches were bound off and then it was like knitting a normal hat.

The tendrils were fun to make, though I could have made them a bit longer. It really was a fun hat to knit and I’m anxious to get started on Addie’s.

Pattern:  Anemone Hat
Yarn:  Mrs. Crosby’s Steamer Trunk
Color:  Barn Swallows