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Cold-Ear Remedies

12 Feb

I made my own Holiday Lights Tam after my mom's was such a success.

I’ve had a sock project on my needles for awhile, but something strange happened in the past month that really threw a wrench in the works: It snowed. A lot.

I’ve lived in Montana for a long time. Long enough that snow in January shouldn’t take me by surprise, but that’s exactly what happened this year. So, while I desperately wanted to work on my bamboo lace socks in preparation of spring, my sad little ears kept asking for hats. And really, who am I to say no to cold ears?

Over the past month four hats have come off my needles, and one didn’t even stay with me.  (My mom loves her Garden Party Lights Tam, by the way).

Just in the past two weeks I supplemented by beautiful Rose Red cabled slouchy hat with my very own Holiday Lights Tam (which I call my Scarlet Beaded Tam) and a simple blue-green beret using yarn leftover from my dad’s Christmas Cobblestone sweater.

My Farmer's Market Beret features a charming vintage button detail.

My Farmer’s Market Beret is made using Hannah Fettig’s Early Morning Beret pattern and features a vintage button from a collection my mom gave me more than a year ago. As a full-sized beret this hat is much slouchier than my tam or my Rose Red hat, but by this summer my hair will have grown out even more and I think this hat will look great and keep my ears warm when I hit the early morning farmer’s market by the river.

Since I finished my Scarlet Beaded Tam yesterday I haven’t looked at a single hat pattern on Ravelry, but I have completed a lace repeat on my socks. I think it’s safe to say that my ears are satisfied, which is good because it started to warm up a bit this week I feel confident that spring will in fact arrive soon. I’d better have some charming lace socks ready to go when it gets here.

My Scent of Lavender Socks.

I am working down the leg of the second sock at the moment, so hopefully I’ll have a completed pair by the end of next weekend. I love the pattern and I love this yarn (courtesy of my brother-in-law). Can’t wait to wear these with some cute shoes!

Project details

Scarlet Beaded Tam

Pattern: Holiday Lights Tam, Catherine Shields, Interweave Knits Winter 2011

Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima, 220 yards, 100% pima cotton, colorway: 3713, purchased at Loopy Knit/Crochet in Missoula, Mont.

Needles: US 3 40″ circular (magic-loop for brim), US 5 16″ circular, US 5 40″ circular (magic-loop for crown)

Other: 360 size 6/0 Czech glass seed beads, color: black diamond, purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics

Farmer’s Market Beret

Pattern: Early Morning Beret, Hannah Fettig, knitbot

Yarn: Berroco Comfort, 210 yards, 50% acrylic / 50% nylon, colorway: Honeyberry Heather

Needles: US 7 40″ circular needles (magic loop method)

Other: 1″ vintage button, mother-of-pearl color

Scent of Lavender Socks

Pattern: The Scent of Lavender, Stephanie van der Linden, Around the World in Knitted Socks

Yarn: Quo Vadis Handspun San Bamboo, 328 yards, 75% bamboo / 25% nylon, colorway: The Lost City

Needles: US 1 32″ circular (magic loop method)

Sorry for the short post, but as you can see, I’ve been busy knitting.

New Look, New Hat

30 Jan

This tam was the first project I've ever completed using beading.

This week I used a new knitting technique and gave my blog a makeover. I’m slow to accept change most of the time, but this is just refreshing.

The new knitting technique was part of my Garden Party Lights Tam, made from the Holiday Lights Tam pattern published in Interweave Knits Winter 2011.

Though “Holiday Lights” was a very fitting name for the golden hat featured in the magazine, I felt that my green-and-blue version, knit on the cusp of spring, better represents a sort of garden-party, crocus-bud kind of feeling.

Using the beading technique for the first time was interesting, but very easy to get the hang of. This technique involved stringing beads onto your yarn before knitting, then placing the beads on certain stitches for the pattern. This particular hat highlights the beads using a slipped-stitch bow pattern, which to me makes the beads look like little droplets of water sliding down a green bulb.

The yarn is Cascade Ultra Pima (DK / 220 yards) in the Olive colorway, and has been hanging around my stash for nearly a year now. I purchased it at Loopy Knit/Crochet in Missoula, but haven’t been pleased with any particular pattern I tried for it. I knew I wanted to use it for a beret or tam, an after several non-starts, this pattern seemed like the perfect fit. The yardage was also perfect for this project, and I have a little chunk left over that will go into my hexipuff stash.

The beads were purchased at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics and are Blue Moon 6/0 seed beads in a blue/turquoise color. For less than $3 I was able to buy enough beads for two hats, with each hat requiring 360 beads.

This hat will not be staying with me, although I hope to knit one for myself in colors more to my taste. This particular hat will be arriving in the mailbox of some lucky lady within the next week, and I hope she loves it.

As far as the new look for my blog, I wanted to spice things up a bit and draw more attention to some of the extra links I provide. I hope to add more original designs to my Patterns page, and the links under More Blogs are my favorite source of humor and inspiration.

I hope you all like the new look! Coming up: The Scent of Lavender.