Friday, March 6, 2009

Hat's All, Folks

So, nothing says "spring" in New Hampshire like fourteen inches of fluffy white snow. Which is why I'm pleased to have finished my hat:
colorwork hat

I've never liked the little bunched bit you get when you finish a hat (or mittens) by drawing the yarn through. I find that over time, it always loosens up and gives you a tiny little icy draft that seriously diminishes its appeal as outerwear. So I've taken to kitchenering the top, which gives a nice smooth finish with no holes.
kitchenered top of hat

The colorwork would have been smoother if I'd had all the same weight yarn- but I was just using a bunch of scraps I had lying around, so I have explored the entire gamut of 'worsted' weight. But still, I thought the colorwork was cheering, and a nice change from just stripes.
colorwork detail

It's been getting a lot of use. You'd think having lived all my life in New England, I'd be used to the cold, but I seem to be getting thinner-skinned as I get older.

I could stop here but actually the post title is a lie. And I can't think of a whole post I could write about yet more red socks- but, here they are.
more red socks

The first Christmas present of 2009 in the bag. Just a very simple plain foot with a ribbed leg, from the yarn left over from the baby sweater.

And for the new project on the needles, I couldn't resist casting on that new Deborah Norville yarn. I started off with the diamond rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, but found again that I don't like vertical patterns with strongly striping yarn. So I've changed over to something else, which will have to wait for another post. Still, the yarn is pretty. Here's the start of the sock with the former Diamond rib pattern:
toe of sock


  1. Very nice hat. I've never considered the posibility of using a graft instead of drawing in the last few stitiches...Hmmm.
    I usually just reduce to far fewer stitches that the pattern calls for to reduce hole size...Hmmmm

  2. Me, too--I'd never thought of that! But then, I got seriously back into knitting soon after I left New Hampshire, where I really could have used warm handknits, for California, where wearing a hat is a choice of style rather than survival.