I have as many as three FOs to show you today! I know I wanted to write about all three at once, but since one of them was a gift for someone who might be reading this, I had to wait until the 21st 🙂
Let’s start with the gifted item – a hat! In fact, they’re all hats. Again.*
Yarn: handspun from Villavyyhti. The skeins are unique, so you won’t find the same stuff behind that link, but truly, they’re all awesome.
This one’s really all about the yarn. Actually, since the recipient is a knitter, I could have just given her the yarn, but I really wanted to knit with it myself. What can I say, I love handspun.
Pattern: None. I guessed how many stitches I might need, knit a garter band, then switched to stockinette. After one false start at knit night I got closer to the right head size with 110 sts on 3mm needles.
This next one took f o r e v e r. Many people have probably already seen it, since I took it to various knit nights in February and beginning of March.
Out of approx. 30 pictures THIS was the best one. Sigh.
Pattern: Wild is the Wind by Lee Meredith (available for purchase via Ravelry). The designer was interviewed on Stash & Burn in February and inspired by that, I cast on the hat while listening to the show**. It’s one of those no-gauge patterns, i.e the pattern provides the formula but you have to do some math to calculate the necessary stitch numbers. This one was not my no. 1 favourite -some directions could have been clearer, and although I do now love the pointy top, I was following the directions for a non-pointy one. Also, I continue to be unwilling to knit any sort of vertical bands, and just did a 1×1 twisted rib instead.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh merino light in “calligraphy”. Obviously, my choice of light fingering weight yarn might not have been optimal for this pattern. At least it certainly explains why this took so long -my gauge was 32sts to 10cm.
This one I call The Cupcake Hat. As a knit object it’s hardly anything special, but it does mark the beginning of a new era. It’s the first baby-anything I’ve ever knit (NO, not for me***).
Me and the BF’s age difference is just big enough to mean that as my friends are now graduating from university, his friends are getting married and having children. This hat was, I imagine, only the first of many baby presents to come.
The yarn is Katia Cotton Comfort -great stuff, actually suitable for (vegan) summer socks, so naturally it’s discontinued. Boo.
* I’ve been re-reading 52 weeks, 52 Hats, which certainly does nothing to limit this hat addiction.
** Stash & Burn really deserves it’s own post. If you understad enough English to read this and are interested in knitting, please go listen to their episodes.
*** I always suppose a blogger is pregnant when they show baby knits, so just wanted to make it clear that it’s not the case here.