I was talking to some men not of my generation a few days ago when one of them mentioned that I have a knitting blog. This gentleman looked at me and said something along the lines of, "what’s it about?"
"Knitting," I replied.
Clearly, this was not the answer he was looking for. I don’t think he could imagine what someone could write about knitting that would hold anyone’s attention. So I explained that I showed pictures of my finished projects. That seemed to make more sense.
So I give you an actual. real. finished project. Whoo hoo! Strike up the band because I actually finished something that I can show on the blog. Secret Squirrel projects are nice for the pocketbook, but rough on the blog.
It’s a hat made out of stash yarn. It’s a wool yarn, but the type is a mystery as the ball band was lost. I think I bought the yarn on super discount a while back because I wanted to break out of my blue rut – what I didn’t realize, was that I was only getting into a green yarn rut. The project I bought this for never really peaked my interest and the yarn just sat in my basement. I finally got it out for a little boy’s birthday hat. Now I realize that it’s kind of strange to give a little boy a wool hat in June, even in Northern Wisconsin it’s not that cold. However, I decided that this little boy’s brother got a hat last year for his birthday (his birthday is in November) and it just wasn’t fair if the one child got a hat and the other one didn’t.
The hat is loosely based on Jared Flood’s Turn a Square Hat. It’s my favorite hat pattern as it seems to flatter everyone. I found a gauge that was good for this yarn and just guestimated how many stitches to cast on. I knit purl 2 knit 2 ribbing for about an inch and then changed to stockinette. When it got to be time to decrease, I divided the stitches by 4 and put markers at those four points. Easy peasy. It’s a simple hat that takes very little time to knit (that is, as long as you don’t let it sit for a month before doing the decreases).
By the way, have you heard that the Knitmore Girls podcast is doing a preemie hat design contest? The rules are here. You use leftover sock yarn to knit hats for preemies. The deadline is August 31, so you have plenty of time.