- December 8, 2016
- tags: needles
Remember back in August, when I was so excited for lovely, long DPNs? And bought three sets? And loved them with an undying fervor? Yeah. So here’s how that turned out.
I get that needles are tools, and that tools show signs of use over time. I don’t expect tools to last forever. But I’ve had the needles for less than five months, and they’ve only been used for two or three projects (depends on which set we’re talking about, but either way it’s not what I’d call heavy use). And I do expect needles to last longer than this.
I’m totally bummed and once again on the hunt for sturdy, long DPNs. Though I’m starting to think they just don’t exist…
I have a hard time knowing when to stop. This was supposed to be a simple little hat. Instead it turned into something of an adventure. Allow me to introduce Permutation.
It all started with that gray and pink hat. It was a simple little thing. That spiky stitch is lots of fun to do and a fabulous way to practice playing with two colors. It would have been a lovely stand alone pattern. I mean just look how cute the top is!
But I have a hard time leaving well enough alone, and before I was done with the hat I found myself wondering about other variations on the theme. What if you did the spiky stitch all over? Or did it in thick stripes? Or had a folded brim? Or only used one color?
Before I knew it, I’d chatted with the good folks over at SpaceCadet, confessed my runaway imagination, and hatched a plan. I wrote up a pattern, and they worked their magic and sent me a whole stack of hats.
All together there are dozens of ways to put the pieces together. But don’t worry, the pattern walks you through it all and tells you exactly what choices all the examples used so you’ll have an easy time putting together something you love!
The hardest part might just be picking colors. But even that is more fun than it has any right to be. In fact, the folks over at SpaceCadet are going to help one of you take home your favorite color pairing. They’re sending someone a skein of Cressida (that’s the yarn we used for the background) and a skein of Capella (that’s the one we used for the spiky stitches) to someone so they can make your own hat.
I used Dark Skies (that’s the gray) and Tantrum (bright pink) on my hat. But the Fat Free Chocolate (brown) and Windswept (pinky-purple) are singing my song too. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which colors you’d use. There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like knowing what grabs your eye!
And while I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount. You can use the code VARIATIONS to get a dollar the price between now and Friday. Just put Permutation in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code VARIATIONS. You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.
Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, December 9, 2016 will be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way. 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 email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.
- December 5, 2016
- tags: hat
There’s obviously some sort of illicit substance coating this yarn. That’s the only explanation for why I’m actually still working on this. I don’t’ think I’ve ever knit this much stockinette in my life.
Still not sure if I love it or hate it…I mean I think I’ll wear the heck out of it, but knitting it is not what you’d call scintillating. How do you folks who knit things with lots of stockinette do it?
Still totally not sure which one I like better…what do you guys think? Outside as I’m working it?
I know I like the mostly purl side best for the brim. So, because I wanted a folded brim, I knit it with the mostly knit side facing out (so that when I cuff it, the mostly purl side will face out). But that would be easy to swap around if you knew you wanted it the other way around.
All that pesky perseverance paid off, I made it through the ribbing, and I’m on to the pretty bits.
And I’ve had a bit of a lovely surprise. The inside of this is turning out to be super interesting in it’s own right. I need to get a few more repeats done before I’ll have a good sense of it, but it’s very promising so far!