Posted tagged ‘bulky’

Entering the world of the hat

October 20, 2015

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This is the story of two hats.

 

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Pattern: The Vermonter by Abi Gregorio
Yarn: Araucania Tolten (100% wool), colorway 4
Needles: U.S. 11 36″ Harmony wood Options circulars (magic-loop)

It all started with Thick Yarn Thunderdome. In an effort to reduce my stash, which covers an entire wall of our bedroom without counting the 55-gallon tub of leftovers and assorted skeins that don’t fit in the wall unit, I joined a Ravelry group last year and challenged myself to acquire yarn at a negative rate. Periodic competitions and goals, posted by the enthusiastic moderators of the group, motivated me to use what I had instead of always buying more.

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So almost as soon as the October challenge (use worsted-weight or heavier) was announced, I was eagerly digging through those bins to find possibilities. On the weekend before my fiftieth birthday, I took a stray skein of this beautiful wool (the only one of its colorway I found at Tuesday Morning back in the heady non-stash-down days of spring 2014) and cast on for a delicious bulky hat. Two hours later, I had made a hat. Where there never was a hat.

 

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Pattern: Three-Spiral Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann, fromĀ The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Universal Ferris Wool (70% wool, 30% acrylic), colorway 802 Cream
Needles: U.S. 11 Harmony wood Options 36″ circular needle (magic-loop)

I might have gotten a little excited after producing the first hat. More digging in the Tuesday Morning bulky bin, a little deeper this time (summer 2013), combined with the vague idea that it would be fun to knit along with EZ for a bit, et voila. Another hat in another few hours.

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I need not add to the millions of words spilled on our culture’s knitblogs about Elizabeth Zimmermann. Suffice it to say that sharing her mindspace with needles in hand is a heady experience. How does she see what she sees? How does she communicate it so intimately?

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The next day we put on our hats for a Sunday walk. One day, two hats. From yarn to headwarmer to pom-pom to sculpted soft-serve swirls. Just in case you had forgotten that knitting is magic.

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Teach me some melodious sonnet

May 15, 2010

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Pattern: Lace Rib Scarf by Kay Gardiner
Yarn: Louisa Harding Hulda (50% wool, 30% acrylic, 20% linen), colorway 11
Needles: U.S. 10 Signature metal straights

I’ve become a broken record. Charity scarves modeled by adorable kindergartener. You’ve seen it before. And by golly, you’ll see it again.

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When I see 200-400 yards of bulky or worsted yarn, I get idea bubbles over my head filled with simple lacy, ribbed, or cabled scarves. I want to pull out my beautiful Signature Needle Arts stiletto-tipped straight needles, memorize a line or two of instructions, and just knit whenever and wherever I am. This particular yarn was picked up on closeout just on the basis of the beautiful color. I cast on almost as soon as I got it home — simple mistake rib for a unisex but profoundly textural scarf with a glorious squish factor and a rustic crunch. And then I didn’t stop until I had exhausted three balls and reached 76 inches.

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It’s my second scarf for this year’s Red Scarf Project. And I must admit that I’m aching to cast on the next one. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking to an adult Sunday School class at a local church about knitting and spirituality, and I think I ought to be knitting as I talk. This is exactly the kind of thing that would be perfect. But then, it’s perfect just about anywhere.