I know that this was supposed to be road knitting. And I know that this is a finished hat perched on my back fence.
All I can say is that it’s an easy pattern, it’s a pretty yarn, and sometimes I fall prey to knitting spurts and need to bang these things out quickly. In my defense, I will take the mitts on the road. And perhaps this way I can get pattern pics while I’m away and re-release this pattern this season.
When last we left the hat, I was wrestling with the perpetual brimmed hat question…will my laziness win out? Or will I conquer the deep folded brim. Four full inches of 1 by 1 twisted ribbing later, I can proudly say I was victorious.
My love affair with SweetGeorgia yarns is well documented. I’ve used it in three of my books (it’s on the cover of the most recent one), and there may well be a SweetGeorgia project on one of my sample knitters’ needles right this very moment. So, when I heard that Felicia Lo (yarn mastermind at SweetGeorgia) and Holli Yeoh (designer of deliciously modern knitting patterns) were teaming up to create a book of patterns for SweetGeorgia yarns, I expected grand things. And, now that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Tempest in person, I can happily say it’s even more delightful than I expected!
The collection includes 4 sweaters (each offered in a truly impressive array of sizes), 1 poncho, 4 cowls, a hat and mitt set, and a blanket. The garments all manage that magical casually elegant vibe. They are the sort of pieces you can imagine wearing just about anywhere, which means you’ll wear them everywhere. I could see myself just about living in Stormwatch, and the ombre effect on Haven is sure to make it a favorite. The double garter stitch technique on Breakers is new to me and something I totally want to play with. And of course, all the patterns do a wonderful job of being interesting in their own right while still allowing the hand-dyed yarn to shine. You can see all the patterns in detail on the book’s ravelry page.
The book itself is every bit as beautiful as the patterns. When you make books, you get picky about these things (well let’s be honest, I was always inclined to be the picky type), but Tempest really gets it all right. The photos are inviting, and there is a lovely mix of glamor shots to draw you in and detail shots to help with the knitting. The sweaters have detailed schematics (which makes it much easier to figure out what size to knit), and any potentially unfamiliar techniques are explained with detailed photo tutorials. The book feels much like a skein of beautiful hand-painted yarn; something special, just a bit indulgent, and clearly a labor of love! You can get the physical book from the SweetGeorgia website.
One of you will be lucky enough to win a copy of the electronic version of the book for yourself. If you think it should be you, just leave a comment telling me about your experience working with hand-dyed yarns. Do you love the depth they give to a project? Or find them a tiny bit overwhelming? Or are you waiting for just the right project to try them for the first time? There’s no right answer, just tell me what your experience is.
Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Tuesday, October 21th, 2014 will be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to get the goodies to them. If you’re leaving a comment, be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner). If I do get in touch with you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. And, because e books are astonishingly easy to move around, this is open to folks anywhere in the world.
Someone reassure me that it is perfectly normal to have ‘block the knits you plan to photograph on the trip’ as a step on one’s adventure planning checklist. Everybody does that, right?
That’s the blue socks you’ve all been asking about and the purple hat and mitts from last winter. That hat and mitts are totally totally done (as in the pattern is written, laid out, and tested). As soon as I have proper pics slotted in, I’ll be ready to release it. And The Boy (it’s his hat) and I are off to somewhere both picturesque and chilly here in the next few days, so I’m pretty sure I can manage to grab those in the next little while. I’d look for that in early November…maybe November 3. Sooner if the stars align.
The hat is underway. The hat, destined as it is to have a nice deep brim, begins with an almost interminable stretch of 1 x 1 twisted ribbing. The hat is whispering to me how much more interesting life will be when I start the patterned bit, and I am firmly pointing out that it will be more fun to wear with a deep brim. I’ll let you know how the conflict ends. In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you how to knit a hat.
2) Knit a nice swatch and, armed with a firm knowledge of both your head size and basic math, figure out what size you should make.
3) Cast on for the appropriate size and start knitting.
4) Become convinced that there is no way this hat could ever conceivably fit a human head; it is far too small. Continue to knit.
5) Become convinced that there is no way this hat could ever conceivably fit a human head; it is far too small. Continue to knit.
6) Become convinced that the hat is far too short. Continue to knit.
7) Become convinced that the hat is far too tall. Continue to knit.
8) Do some decreases. Remain convinced that the hat will never ever ever fit.
9) Block the hat. Try it on. Be amazed how well it fits.
This is the process I have followed for every single hat I’ve ever knit. I’m on step 4 now. At least I know what to expect.