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daffs

If someone had told me the Alpine mountains of snow and ice standing along the driveway would be but a memory come early April I would have treated that person gently as I recommended the hospitals in the area with good mental health facilities. But that person would have been spot on. The beginning of April, the snow walls, forts, barricades, and piles are gone. In their place snowdrops have risen from a bed of last Autumn’s leaves. The daffodils too have broken through the soggy ground, their face buds up to the sun. The Robins have been mating. And I have put the primary wren houses out to welcome home my favorite little bird. The bluebird made it through the winter and has his house all in order already.

I like winter. I like snow. I like cold. But make no mistake, this winter took a lot out of me. I lived in all my hand knit things, both inside the house and out. The house was no challenge to the polar winds. They entered at will through the walls making the inside feel almost as frozen as the outside. I have been through challenging winters before, but have never experienced the bitter air from the polar regions for such a prolonged time. Many times I wondered if I would ever feel comfortably warm again.

What saved me were my socks, my stranded wool hat, a bandana cowl and fingerless mitts and that was just what I wore in the house.

my hat

my gloves

bandana cowl

These three items gave me the greatest warmth. The bandana cowl I wore all winter inside and out and it provided tons of warmth. I made a number of them for family members who walk more than 3 city blocks to reach their jobs and they too say the cowl provided warmth in ways scarves just don’t. The pattern is free and located here if your interested. It is fashionable enough to wear all day when the office is sub-zero.

Due to this fiasco of a winter I am rethinking all my winter charity knits. First they need to provide warmth, second they should look good and be easy to care for. Hence, my third project for the winter charity box:

stranded hat

The design is from Hats On by Charlene Schurch called the All Over Two Color Patterned Watch Cap. It’s a wonderful book covering all styles of warm knits hats that look good. I’ve wanted to knit through Charlene’s collection for years now and I think now I’m going to get that chance. The Skipper requested one, so his is the next on my project list along with a long list of designs I need to get cracking on.

Have a Good Weekend!

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

W.R. Inge

I want to be a Fearless Knitter, and for the most part I really am. (Yes, I read Knitting Daily.) My second knitting project ever was an Icelandic Lace Shawl.

My third knitting project ever was fair isle color stranding work done on dpns.

Both the hat and the mitts are much loved and get a lot of wear. The patterns for both the Rhinebeck hat and mitts are in The Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. Appropriately enough, I got the yarn for the hat and mitts at the NYS Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival last year. The yarn is Brooks Farm Four Play, a worsted weight wool silk blend. Positively wonderful to work with and feels great against the skin. It also keeps its shine and colors wash after wash.  The colors offered at the festival were simply to die for and I had a hard time choosing. But I decided to use variegated colored yarn for the designs with an almost solid color as the background. I love the results.

My very first knitting project was a lace and cable fitted sweater for my sister. I have to find the book to show you a picture. My sister has the sweater and wears it all the time.

All this is just to say I am pretty fearless (or plain dumb) when it comes to knitting. The exception: the baby sweater. Yes, I did manage to come up with a nice diamond trellis pattern for the middle panel that I like a lot but the quivering and sniveling (along with coughing—still got that respiratory thing) and worrying that came before I decided on the panel pattern was uncharacteristic of me.

Originally I am a quilter. Applique work is my specialty. In one class I was having a difficult time getting the fabric to follow the shape of a leaf. My teacher said to me, “Stop being afraid. You are bigger and stronger than that fabric. Fold it into shape.” And I did. I take that kind of attitude with knitting. If something I try doesn’t work out I can always shape it into something else. I have the control over the yarn, over the fabric that is ultimately created. It’s probably the only place in my life where I am in such control. Scary.

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Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labour done,

Then bring your gauges.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Aurora Leigh

I have completed the baby hat.

The circumference is 16 inches / 40.5 cm. It’s made to fit babies 6 to 12 months old.  The roll brim is done in garter stitch. I enjoyed coming up with the design. No need to worry about color jogs as I designed the colorwork so there are no jogs.

This hat was made in Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply but can be made in any fingering weight yarn.  One skein of 200 yds / 183 m of each color will complete the hat and the socks. The hat was knit on US 6 / 4mm 16 inch circular needles and one set of five double-pointed needles in the same size.

Skill level would be intermediate. Two-color stranded knitting as well as knitting in the round skills are needed. The pattern includes both a chart and written directions for those who don’t like charts.

The hat, can be purchased here. It comes in pdf form. If you would like the pattern for the socks that go with the hat, that’s a free pattern here.

The socks are sized for babies 6 to 12 months old.

For interest, try using a handpainted yarn in a complementary color from the main color yarn for the hearts and such. For example if I were using blue, I’d look for a handpainted yarn in yellows and oranges. A complementary color is the color opposite a color on the color wheel. The picture below shows what I’m talking about.

The background is a solid color in deep blue. I chose a hand painted yarn that had sage green, yellows, oranges and a very light orchid in it. I like the look of the handpainted yarns in color work. Experiment and enjoy!

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