I'm off tomorrow. I'll try and post some updates while I'm gone and of course I'll come back with some pictures.
When I saw Paton's had Classic Merino Wool in the colorway Forest and it looked very camouflage, I had to have it. Using a slip-stitch pattern, to try and bring out the camou-y colors, I created a hat for my sister. While the effect was much more muted than I was hoping for, I am very happy with the end result as is the sister I gave it to.
It has not been tested by anyone else so if you make it, please send me some feedback. The border looks long, but my sister likes it and flips it up in the front, but leaves it down over the back of the neck and ears for warmth in Seattle.
yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Forest
us size 5 needles (circs or dpns as you choose)
this pattern is knit from the top down with a garter stitch edging.
I added instructions in the first row to place markers.
CO 5, join
[kfb pm] in each stitch
For the crown of the cap, between each marker you will kfb the first stitch then knit to the next marker and continue until you have 20 sts between markers for a total of 100 sts. If you find this to be too small for your cap, you can keep casting on until you have more stitches in a multiple of 4.
Begin slip stitch body: repeat instructions in  until instructed otherwise
1. k1 sl1 [k3 sl1] (until two stitches remain) k2
2. k around
3. [k3 sl1]
4. k around
rep rows 1-4 until the cap is ~ 1.5 inches shorter than desired length
Begin garter border:
At the end of your last row, CO 6 additional stitches
5. k5 k2tog
6. sl 1 k5
repeat 5-6 until only six stitches remain then join ends of garter strip as you see fit. You can cast off and join them like a seam or at the beginning of the garter border, if you cast on provisionally you can do a 3-needle bind off to join them.
finish and weave in ends. enjoy!
This week I went to LA to take care of my passport for my upcoming London/South Africa trip that I leave for on Saturday. I stayed with my Aunt and rode public transportation which put me in a Crazy Aunt Purl state of mind. I kept thinking, "man I wish I had my camera. Laurie would have her camera." "I wonder if she works around here." "Am I a stalker?" I can never show up at the West Hollywood Stitch n'Bitch because I could never be sure I wasn't there for purely Stalker reasons.
Anyway, all this thinking about Aunt Purl got me to realize it was almost exactly two years ago when I was introduced to her blog. Which inspired me to use knitting to quit smoking. Which got me on the current knitting position I am in now. It reintroduced me to knitting (seems lots of folks have to be reintroduced doesn't it?) and this time it seems to be hard core.
Thank you Crazy Aunt Purl. This is all your fault.
I was heavily consulted by my aunt who wants to make the leap from scarves to a sweater. A large boxy sweater that she wants to felt (she does that to all of her sweaters for some reason, she loves the dense material). You would be surprised at how little material there is out there on felted sweaters (scratch that, you would be surprised that anyone wanted such a thing). She must be in a league of her own. She has ordered some Cascade 220 is practicing swatching with some Patons Classic Wool we picked up and learned to purl (she was only making garter stitch scarves), k2tog and kfb.
Before I left for LA I blocked my Olive Striped Cardigan and left it to dry while I was gone...
When I came back I finished up the button band and that is currently blocking...
I did the button band after blocking the body because I wasn't sure how wide to make it. Last night I got to looking for my buttons but I could only find 4 of the six I purchased so I will go by Beverly's on my way to the Infinite Knitters tonight to pick up two more. I will attach the buttons, weave in some loose ends and hopefully I will be wearing this sweater before I leave on Saturday. I don't know if I will take it or not. It might get eaten by acid this trip and I don't like that idea.
At my aunt's house I finished the Alpaca Collar for my sister. I added red buttons and it is blocking right now as well.
(pic removed for pattern reasons, stay tuned)
I really hope she likes it.
I also 'finished' the Sonar Tam and it is hideous. I need to figure something else out for that, but for right now consider it sleeping.
I have been working on a pair of socks as well. Actually I have been working on them for a long time but I have been having issues. I reworked the toe 3 or 4 times, and the heel now 3 times. I think I have it figured out and will share as soon as it is completed. But I will probably take them to finish on the airplane to London and Durban.
So I am nearly completed with the Cabled Tam. The Cotton/silk blend looks and sounds beautiful. I absolutely love the soft sheen each strand has as a result of the silk. I was even caught playing with the reflection of my hat on the table cloth at the training course last week (It reflects enough light to even do that, how cool is that?).
However, I am unfamiliar with how well cotton blocks when blocked properly. How does one block cotton properly? I am hesitant to bind off the ribbing. Scared really. I was going to block it over a dinner plate, but the dinner plates I got seem too large when the tam is fitted over the top. However, if cotton doesn't take blocking well, I might need to stretch the crap out of it to make it retain a tam-ish shape. Also, if the blocking doesn't hold, it looks like a mushroom on my head. What do I do? Suggestions? Help me!
I have given it a name, for those of you waiting (ha, right). It is the Sonar Tam.
The scarf I started last week... Frogged. I decided I didn't like the stitch pattern (it was curling) and I wanted cables instead. Then realized I don't have time to complete it and block it before I leave, I can't block it on the ship and I don't need it when I get back. So the New Zealand wool will have to find another life later.
I just recently found out that I am going on another trip. At the end of the month I am meeting one of our ships in South Africa and going on a six week trip down around the Antarctic ice field. My head has been all aflutter with the knitting possibilities to keep me warm. However I have not stopped working on my sister's collar I told you about last time.
(Pic removed for pattern reasons, stay tuned)
The Yarn is Alpaca Twist 100% Baby Alpaca and it feels like butter in my hands. I absolutely love it, but the stockinette is getting a little old. Hope you checked out those damn fine stitch markers my Aunt made me for Christmas. Once she figured out what I was looking for, she made some beautiful pieces.
Also, I have been looking for a tam pattern for the cotton/silk blend I bought at the Infinite Knitters yarn crawl. I found one on Ravelry and tried to recreate it top-down (cuz you all know how I hate casting on more than a few stitches), but it was impossible. It did however give me some ideas and I started creating my own (I am taking very detailed notes and you will have it as soon as I finish my own).
I have been working on it under the table at a training course I have to take this week to keep me awake during some pretty intense physics lessons. Did you notice the beautiful sheen the silk gives the cotton?
I also started a scarf specifically for this upcoming trip (but the knitting needles were too large to fit under the table without stabbing my boss with every stitch). It is the Slacker Scarf which I also found through Ravelry. It is created with yarn left over from a hat I made in and from New Zealand wool for my roommate.
Also, Pinktiff has been unloading a bunch of her knitting needles on her Etsy site and I took plenty of advantage. I have already received two pairs of dpns and one set of addi turbos (in my hands and everything!), so I went back and unloaded all the dpns she had under size ten. Check her Etsy shop at pinktiff.etsy.com and her blog (where I found out about the needles) at http://pinktiff.blogspot.com/.
The holidays I mean. The last month was so busy. I only just got home from a trip to the Carribean, N. Idaho and Boise all in one go. I got to see islands and snow and wear all sorts of hand knitted goodness.
To start us off, I knit a face/neck/ear warmer for my cousin. Because it was a Christmas present I haven't posted it yet, but now that she has received and used it, here's a few slices...
The first was immediately after completion,
and the second after having received it, she went snowshoeing on New Year's Day and fell down a slope. It has already saved her life.
I have started a lovely neck warmer for another sister, no photos, yet and I should hurry up and finish it before it is too warm to wear in Boise.
Tomorrow is my first night back at the Infinite Knitters in what seems like ages. I'm really happy to be going back.