Wednesday, December 31, 2008

FO: man's ribbed hat

Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 7, 16" circular
Gauge: 4 1/2 sts/inch in st st.
Pattern: My own, more or less. I cast on 100 stitches, worked in a K2P2 rib for 9 inches, then did one decrease round (K2tog, P2tog), worked a K1P1 rib for 3 rows, did another decrease round (K2tog), knit for 2 more rows, decreased (K2tog), pulled yarn through all stitches and was done. The finished circumference is about 18 inches, but of course it stretches quite a bit.

This is modeled by my sister Sara, rather than the intended recipient, who actually rejected the hat on the grounds that it is "too loose" and "not that warm". So if you want a green wool hat, let me know; it's up for grabs.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

an evil day in knittingland

February lady is done but, alas, when I tried blocking her she grew to enormous proportions. I could kick myself for not blocking a swatch. Here she is, drying, but I am feeling quite hopeless about the prospects that I can wear this. And I don't really have any friends who are bigger than I am. Has anyone ever tried shrinking superwash wool/bamboo in the dryer?

In my rage, I was unable to do any work yesterday, but I did decide to channel my frustration into frogging my previous failure, the circular shrug. Here's the recovered yarn in its kinky, not-so-appealing state.