December 31, 2007

New Year!


Once again it's been a while since my last update. Working full time really takes up a lot of my hours. I have a few purple-ish things to share:

A few weeks back I shared the story of my sad sock knitting experiences. I made a plea to fellow knitters for a pair of socks in exchange for a scarf. Two awesome bloggers came to the rescue: Eikon and Charles.

Eikon and I exchanged our knitted items the week before Christmas. I knit him a Shifting Sands scarf in Malabrigo (sorry, no picture!) and he knit me a pair of purple socks in Araucania's sock yarn.


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They're awesome! ... and, miracle of miracles (to me at least), they're the same size! They also fit me perfectly and are quite warm, so, now I have a great pair of socks to keep my feet comfortable this winter. Having this pair has actually inspired me to attempt socks once again, but, we'll see.


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Charles and I will be exchanging knit-goods soon! =)
I had a bit of a purple... problem this Christmas. My cousins and I do a grab bag for Christmas now and since I only have one cousin to purchase/make gifts for I'm more than willing to knit something up.
I originally planned to knit a scarf. Because I think scarves are such a useful and basic accessory. Well, I got my job and my knitting time was severely decreased and as Christmas came closer I realized that I would only have enough time for a hat.

I had been eyeing this cool hat in a men's issue of Knit.1. It had ribs going in different ways and a brim. Tehcnically, for a guy, but, I thought it would be great on a girl too.

I ended up using some of that Vanna White yarn because I wanted something washable, thick, relatively soft, and durable. Knitting it up moved a bit slow, but, I was at a good pace.

So, I finally knit up all the pieces and began the seaming process... I got the edges done and I tried the hat on and it was HUGE. Now, I have a big head... when a hat says "one size fits all" it means it won't fit me. But, this hat... it was large. I thought maybe I could take in the seams a bit more so I pulled in a good half an inch on both sides and it was STILL too big.


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It looks cool in this picture, but, in reality it's horrible.
I decided it was time to go to plan B... I actually didn't have a plan B so in a fit of terror I searched the internet for a quick hat and decided I would just do a simple hat in the round. A good 4 inches of ribbing on the bottom and stockinette all the way up through the decreases.
I ended up loosely following Crazy Aunt Purl's Brangelina Hat.


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The hat was finished in time, unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to take a picture before it was gifted. I actually double stranded Vanna's yarn to get a nice, chunky gauge. For added... 'fun' I added other shades of purple into the mix... so, one strand of the original purple and the second strand was a different shade. It turned out pretty cool looking and it ended up fitting her.

I also started on the Half-Pipe hat from Son of a Stitch and Bitch:


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I actually finished it, but, I'll provide you with more details on that next time because this is the Purple post... and that lovely grey, camel yarn hat is not purple. ^_^

9 comments:

Charles said...

Hi~~ Dickie
I going to send your package this weeken so you will be getting it soon next week!

I hope you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hope and Big luck,,,,

Charles

Charles said...

Hey Dickie!!

I hope your having a great time on your NEW YEARS day!
Hope eveythings goes will and big luck wish your best~~

Also visit my blog...I made a post about preview of new knitting book 2008!

love,
Charles

said...

Happy New Year! I love the purple post. ;) It's my favorite color, ever. Maybe you could try that multi-directional hat again sometime in a smaller gauge.

Oh, and you have like a hundred WIPs on Ravelry!

tiennieknits said...

Happy New Year!

Courtney said...

I really hate how work takes up so much of my knitting (and blogging) time:)

Happy 2008!

Elinor said...

The socks look great! Happy New Year!

kim said...

I love that Vanna White is shilling for yarn.

Also, you have won a "You Make My Day," award on my blog. So post again soon!

Knit Picking said...

Hey stranger! It's quite unlike you not to post for so long. I really hope everything is fine.

Knit Picking said...

You have been given the "you make my day" award. Please check my blog for details :)