Project: Evergreen Beanie
Pattern: Everdeen Beanie
Designer: Tanis Gray
Available: in Weekend Hats
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Jade
Oh how I love this yarn! Oh how I love this pattern! It really is a match made in heaven. Tosh DK is squishy and wonderful in every possible way, and the non-pooling variegated greens never cease to amaze. The pattern evokes fish scales or waves, or (if you’re a truly mad knitter) you might think of the famous Pomatomus socks by Cookie A (I’ve made two pair, so I know a bit of what I speak). The body of the hat is essentially 1×1 twisted rib, with increases and decreases that make the rib swoop around so attractively. It also makes for an elastic, bouncy, warm hat — love it!
In the spirit of matchy-matchy, I opted to do the brim in 1×1 twisted-knit rib (rather than the 2×2 plain rib called for in the pattern), so that the rib would flow directly into the main body pattern. I also changed the first round — I did a regular k2tog (in lieu of a k2togtbl) on round 1, every repeat of the pattern. To my eye, this allowed the waves to flow into each other more smoothly.
I made some socks!
Project: Yoga Socks
Designer: Cookie A.
Available: free via Knitty.com
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo and Ewe Pattern #73
These socks are for my mother-in-law, requested by her for her yoga class. I love how Cookie’s “Monkey” pattern interacts with self-striping yarn. It’s a great pattern, now available with additional sizing in the book Knit. Sock. Love. — Cookie’s sock books are among my favorites! The yarn surprised me — I picked it up on deep discount at my local Jo-Ann’s, and it was very nice to knit with. I must go take a second look at the other Bamboo and Ewe yarns I stashed away.
What with all the ornament-making in December, I didn’t cast on for much else. Two things I can’t really talk about yet — both are design projects, and both use heavily-modified stitch patterns from Reversible Knitting, but other than that I can’t really tell you much right now.
The projects I can tell you about are fun though! One is a hat for me, using the super-soft Vail I’ve been eyeing since it first landed in the Hub Mills Store. It seemed just perfect for the Sheep Heid Hat (by Kate Davies). Never mind that Vail comes in only six hues, and the hat calls for nine. Or that the fiber is totally different. We shall see how this turns out … there will be much adjusting of the color chart to make it all work, but with a little luck and perseverance, I hope to have a Sheep Head Hat of my very own. Isn’t Vail pretty??
I also started a pair of socks for my Mother-in-Law. She asked my husband if it was too late to use the “knit4Uxme” gift card I gave her for Christmas 2010, and he assured her I would be delighted to knit for her! Of course, he was right. I had been a little worried that it was too weird of a gift, but now I can just be happy to give her the socks she wants. I showed her some of my sock yarn stash, and she chose a purple self-striping bamboo/wool/nylon blend. I settled on making Monkey Socks (by Cookie A.), but I’m calling them Yoga Socks because that is the setting they will be worn in. My MIL told me how the other ladies in her yoga class all have fun, colorful socks to keep warm … I’m hoping that hers will really set them talking! I actually finished these late last night, grafting the toes at an impromptu craft party at a friend’s house. I’ll show off the FO photos on Friday, but for now here’s the pretty-pretty yarn.