Sunday, December 10

Handspun hat

The BBE went out and bought himself a cheap little ACKrylic beanie last weekend. It was not flattering, it felt awful, and honestly - the Best Boyfriend Ever wearing a cheap-o acrylic hat?? Obviously I couldn't have that.

So I grabbed a couple of leftover bits and bobs of some spindlespun stuff and started knitting. I had a 3.5mm 16" needle. I figured I would get about 5sts/inch with the yarn... So I cast on 100 stitches and knit in 2x2 rib with some green silk/wool blend that I spindle spun last year, and used most of to knit a MD scarf for my mom. That reminds me - I never did get a pic of that project. It was nice too - wonder if it's in piccable form at the minute.

Anyway. I knew that I wouldn't have enough of the green to knit the whole hat out of, so I threw in some stripes of some blue which was the border on my Comfort shawl, I didn't even have enough of that for the entire hat, so I threw in some other wool/silk blend. Knit for about 7" total, and then did an easy k2tog for a decrease 10 times. (Knit 2 together knit 9 all the way around) knit another row plain - k2tog, knit 8 - knit one round plain - continue on in this fashion with the decreases being one stitch closer together every other round, until you have a couple of stitches left on the needles. Break the yarn and thread through the open loops on the top of the hat, and weave in ends.

It only took me a couple of days to knit it up. Probably could have finished it sooner, but I let it sit for a day or so because I just couldn't be bothered to find another needle of the same size. For some reason I wanted to do the two circs method - Though I quickly decided that dpn's are so much easier for me - and once I switched over it was done in no time.

But the funny thing is - it doesn't quite work on him - it looks great on me! But him? Not so much - so it looks like I'll get to knit another hat as soon as I get home. Another problem is that I think I pretty much used up my whole stash of "spun up masculine type yarn, that would work for a hat" on this one. Oh well, it's not like I don't have commercial yarn that would work nicely as well. We're talking about a Jayne hat. And of course he has been bugging me for a while to make him a Rock Star hat - you know, like the old beer can hats - but with RockStar cans... and dreads, and it has to be orange and purple. Sigh.

I also spun up all the silk that I dyed in the Bubble Yummy colourway. I ended up Navajo plying it with two strands held together to make a 6 ply yarn. I really don't like Navajo plying much, and there was a fair amount of swearing - and the yarn itself has some weirdnesses to it where it started to all go horribly wrong, and I just let the wrongness stay in the yarn because it was way too fiddly and hard to pull the silk out again. Sigh. I like the grist though, and it should work well in conjunction with the kid merino/silk yarn featured in my last post. Though I also have to say - that turned out to be closer to 8.5 ozs than 10 - which makes me feel a lot better about the yardage!

No pics of the silk - it's sitting on my niddy noddy at home - I ended up with 190 yards or so, and like I say, it will meld in nicely with the other stuff that I spun - now what to turn it all into? Lord only knows.

In other news - I've been toying with the idea of taking the 4 days after Christmas off.... I have quite a lot of vacation time built up, but I don't like to spend it (probably why I have so much built up?) Anyway - after I got sick a couple of weeks ago, and had to use 24 hours of PTO - I thought there was no way that I should use up more for "just" me time. Well, I started to talk it over with the BBE. He asked me what I would do with all that time off (if I take 4 days - it means that I have 10 days off in a row!!) I said - "Whatever the hell I want!" And that pretty much decided it for me - I haven't had any time off since a 4 day weekend for my b-day way back in June. I guess I really need it because after the paperwork had been filled out, and handed in - I seriously felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me. I was all smiles for the rest of the day - and I'm just so happy, and in such a good mood, it boggles the mind. So YAY for time off! I just hope I don't spend the entire time playing solitaire, like I did yesterday - so insidious and evil!


Sarah said...

Love the hat and yes, you deserve all that time off at Christmas!!

enallagma9 said...

I'll second that! I'm thinking seriously of taking that whole week off, too, just to play. Maybe go see my parents near Philadelphia, but mostly just play!

Monika said...

Nice hat! It's a shame it doesn't suit your boyfriend. Have a great time on your time off!

Sarah said...

great hat! Much better than el cheapo acrylic!

Funny, I just knit a hat to give to a coworker to replace el cheapo acrylic hat too!

sheepshepherd said...

Really nice photo, Nice hat also. Been thinking about spindling, that is how I started out years ago now it is so popular.

Anonymous said...

Hello! That hat is gorgeous! Thank you for responding to my thread asking about Ashford Joys. :) I will be a proud owner of one on Tuesday. Eeeee! I can't wait!!

P.S. I have complete fiber envy, yours is amazing! :)