My knitting has taken a hiatus while we prepare for shore. Which turns out is tomorrow. I lose track of time out here the days all blend together. I hear a lot of people counting down, but I am most definitely not one of those.
Yesterday, The Yarn Harlot had a giveaway on her blog and in order to enter you had to write a knitting haiku in her comments.
I haven't talked much about the science we are doing this cruise and now we are almost completed. So maybe I should get talking.
The last time I was in Boise (September?), I was working on a cowl from my own hand spun. Sheep Shed Studio Mill Ends three ply with two strands of black and one strand of white. I spun a ton of this and lost my enthusiasm for whatever I originally had in mind. I gave skein of it to a knitting friend of mine in Oregon and then tried a cowl for myself.
Mastering two colored cabled brioche, knit flat, made me really proud of myself. But I had to bump it up a notch.
The person it is going to be gifted to, has requested a brimmed knit hat. So of course, I figured I should make a matching set. Deciding to knit it in the round, I tried to measure my gauge flat, but the initial cast on in the round came out like a tent from the bottom up.
Trying to work out the numbers again, I had a hard time working out a duplicate cabled pattern in the number of stitches I needed for a noggin. My next attempt came out with a stretchy enough brim, but the cables made it much too small for any adult human head.
This brings me to my current attempt. I cast on the same amount of stitches, but hopefully will have altered the cable pattern enough to fit.
I wanted to take this picture for you however to brag a litle I guess. Right there between my thumb and index finger is the beginning of the round. While, yes, it is offset ever so slightly, I think that is as seamless a join you could get. I am so proud that it isn't a glaringly obvious mess.
I grabbed a few balls of Paton's Classic Wool Merino to bring with me. One in New Denim, specifically for repairing the Cabled Newsboy Cap I recently patched and the other because when I had an entire skein of the blue leftover, what was I gonna do with it all by itself? So I purchased another in Mulberry or something like that (someone threw my label away, grumble).
I have been itching to learn brioche because, well, look at it. It looks so complicated, there is so much depth. I had heard how smooshy the fabric was. And because it was a little scary. I had to master and intimidate other knitters with my prowess, mwhahahahahah.
I'm sure an experienced (or even not so experienced) knitter can spot the seam. It wasn't a provisional cast on or anything so I expect it to be visible. But if you ask me, that is a pretty damn fine seam in my first cabled brioche project.
Another finished object at sea. Years ago I saw one of our crewmen, Joe, wearing a sweet ring. It was a stainless steel nut which had screws tapped into the side, then it was drilled out smooth in the center. When I asked him about it, he told me he made it himself. You know how I appreciate a handcraft, I loved it. Immediately. We struck a deal, he wanted a hat, I wanted a ring, we thought it sounded like a fair trade.
It is a little heavier than your standard decorative ring, but I love the weight of it. It feels good in my hand and it fits perfectly.
Don't let the lack of smiles fool you, he loves it. I was just being a bossy art director. The hat is leftover Wool of the Andes Bulky from the Ottawa Locks that I recently finished. I also had some of the plastic mesh sheeting I used to patch the Cabled Newsboy Cap so I was able to add a brim. The bulky stitches stretched quite a bit when I added the plastic sheet so I used a whip stitch in left over yarn around the edge to keep the plastic from sticking out.
Thank you Joe! I love my ring. It totally kicks butt and makes me feel like punching people.
So before getting back to my other Underway FOs, I'm going to interrupt here to post something I should have posted weeks ago, but just didn't have the time to sit down and write you.