Knitting update

I think most of the people who read this blog are knitters, although I set up this new blog to stay in touch with family and friends I don’t think many of them actually read this! So, here is some long-overdue knitting content.

First up, some photos of the back of my head:

Le Slouch, now known as the Rome Metro hat, reborn! I didn’t have quite enough yarn, but a while back I knitted some wrist warmers out of the same yarn and one came out slightly longer than the other. So, in fixing that problem, I solved another, and had just enough yarn for both! (seriously, once I wove in the end – none left over). It’s absolutely identical to the first hat, except I did an Italian tubular cast on, which I am doing with absolutely everything right now. I think other tubular cast ons produce a smoother edge, but this one is definitely the most fun.

Slouchiest hat in the world, ever. I bought this yarn in Italy, it’s Laines du Nord merino with some nylon binder thread. Two 50 gram balls yielded this enormous hat, knit to my own design (I don’t think there’s a pattern for anything this big out there! I didn’t intend it to be this big and if I knit it again I would probably do paired decreases, however I do like the way it turned out). It’s for my cousin Jess’s 21st later this month (I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this), hopefully she will like it but who knows, she is also very good at losing hats so I don’t anticipate it lasting long anyway. That is the beauty of instant gratification projects though. I adore knitting hats.

Ysolda’s Gretel. Love this hat. Great pattern with very clever decreases.

I’ve also finished my second pair of socks:

(imagine these with a toe, x2, I’m sure you can. I am NEVER knitting a pair of stocking stitch socks again unless the yarn is at least a little interesting)

I think I only posted this to Ravelry and not the blog, so anyway, this is one of the aforementioned wrist warmers. Pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

After all of this I tried to get started on the Endpaper Mitts again. I decided I wanted to swap the main colour and contrasting colour so I ripped out and started again. Got to about the same point and decided I liked that even less, and it also looked as though I’d made some mistakes. So I frogged.  I don’t think that yarn is going to become Endpaper Mitts now. I did get some Wensleydale wool at the Stitch and Bitch show on Saturday though. It was practice yarn for the Debbie Stoller workshop, which was on double knitting using the argyle scarf pattern from Son of SnB. I think that could be destined to become some mitts.

Meanwhile, I’ve been knitting a bit on Thermal, which I started before I left NZ and put down in NY when it was too hot to knit.

And I think I’ve picked up the nerve to start Autumn Rose even though I haven’t mastered the Endpaper Mitts yet. Should I? Shouldn’t I?

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