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Archive for December, 2008

Lining a hat

I recently finished the Turn a Square hat for my nephew in Colorado, Severin

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I used Cascade 220 left over from the Cobblestone (see a Jared Flood trend here?) I made for Ira, and some handspun thick and thin with oranges, blues and browns that I bought in Alaska quite a few years ago. 

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I sometimes worry about giving handknit wool gifts to people who might love them but not wear them due to the itch factor.  So I decided to line the hat, making  it more comfortable and adding a bonus layer of insulation.  I started with an old cotton and spandex shirt  – very soft – just didn’t fit me well.  I found a great tutorial for lining knitted hats,  pinned the hat to the shirt, cutting around it through two layers with about an inch extra all around.  Then I sewed the two pieces together on the sewing machine and tested the fit in the hat.  It was perfect other than the bottom hanging out a little too far, so I trimmed the edges off.  I pinned the lining and the hat together while it was on my head since my head was the only one around – with no major accidents.

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Then I hand stitched only around the rim using blindstitch and it turned out wonderfully!  I’m going to do this for the next hat I make myself.

On another note, I’ve noticed that if I leave my knitting on the bed after taking pictures, it always has company when I come back

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Roni loves to cuddle with all my shoes, any purse and of course, wool.

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Thrift Store Yarn Finds

I stopped in at a local thrift store just to browse, and I found two scarves that look handmade and are hopefully wool, as the plan is to use the yarn for felting.  The first is a dark raspberry color with hints of orange and grey (much more red than the picture)raspberry-scarf4

The second looks like a barely spun bulky single with black and bright jewel tones

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I’ll unravel these and do a swatch to test for felting. 

What else have I been up to?  I finished the Let’s Go Met’s Scarf for my MIL – I’ll post a pic on my Ravelry page.   I also made a headband that uses the All Fool’s Welt or Wager Welt stitch from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  It has a funny story that there was a ‘wager’ concerning how many rows out of eight are purled, as it’s hard to tell from its appearance (the answer is one).  The yarn is Berroco Denim Silk a rayon, silk blend, and the color is a light icy blue.  I need to find a button for it and then I just hope it holds its shape.  I knitted it using short rows – very similar to Calorimetry.shortrow-headband2

I’m trying to grow out my hair and this should come in handy on bad hair days, with warm ears as a bonus.

I’d better get working on my sock pattern.  I’m almost finished – if I could stop casting on new projects!  Focus, focus focus.

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