Sunday, January 06, 2008

January Thaw.

The weather has taken a drastic change over the weekend. The temperatures climbed and the snow melted. Rykert commented today that he thought it might be spring; I reminded him that it is only January 6. I'm sure the newly uncovered grass (in spots) will soon be recovered in the white stuff, but for now we're enjoying the 40 degree temperatures and not wearing coats.

I've been knitting steadily since Christmas on a few small projects. The first was a simple hat for Rykert.
Rykert's Hat
Excuse the shadowy bad picture. He's worn it since it came off the needles a week ago. The pattern is the Seaman's Cap and the yarn is Cascade 220. This is a really good go-to hat pattern, and the fit was so nice, I made a second for my dad, again in another random skein of Cascade 220.
Seaman's Cap

Then, on New Year's Eve, while watching marathons of Intervention and Law & Order (I've seen most of the episodes, but always forget that I've seen them until they're almost over), I knit this hat.
Koolhaas Hat
It's Koolhaas from the 2007 Holiday Gift Issue of Interweave Knits. The pattern is also available on the Interweave site as a download. The yarn is Cascade 220. It's a bit small. But it fits me in a beanie style. It also fits a six year old. If I knit this again, I'd go up a needle size (I still knit tight) and do an extra repeat.

I, admittedly, rushed through the end of the pattern, when I discovered the Inga pattern on Ravelry.
Oh, Inga, I love you. It took me less than a week to knit. Use two random skeins (not full skeins) of Cascade 220. It still needs to be blocked, but I'm loving it. A little tight, but it fits me. I may just keep wearing this one. I do know that this will likely not be the last time I knit this pattern.
Inga Hat
Close up of the pattern.
Inga Hat
My goal in the next few months is to try to knit all of the random skeins of wool I have laying around and turn them into hats, scarves, and mittens. I'll hold on to them until next Christmas and then gift them, as appropriate, or donate them to the local shelter. I'm curious how much I can accomplish with what I already have. So, for the next few weeks I'll be attempting to knit from my accumulated stash of yarn - unless I am allured away by a different pattern. But there will be a couple of baby knits coming very soon for some friends who are expecting.

7 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

They're beautiful, especially Inga. I'm still not knitting due to my hand injury, I'm so frustrated when I see things like this, knowing I can't do them.

Theresa said...

A lovely collection of hats - especially Inga. Gorgeous!

Kaitie Tee said...

Great hats! I've had my eye on the Inga pattern for several months now.

p.s. Rykert sure is a cutie

Jennifer said...

Love the hats (and the fact that R has been wearing the hat incessantly since it came off the needles!). Inga is simply gorgeous. I think I have plenty of Cascade 220 around here. Maybe I'll take your lead.

Wool Winder said...

Nice hats! The Seaman's cap looks very warm with a double layer of fabric over the ears. The two hats you made for yourself are beautiful. Too bad Koohaas doesn't fit, but Inga more than makes up for that.

AndreaLea said...

I have Inga on my list too. But I've never done two color knitting so I'm a bit scared to try it.

Chelsea said...

You are knitting all the stuff in my queue! I need an Inga and Koohaas. Especially since yours look so great.

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