As you might be aware, I live in the snowy land some call Minnesota. It gets cold here, and Earl decided he needed a new hat; so he asked me to knit him one! We headed out the yarn store and were in and out within 5 minutes (much to the approval of the shop owner, who was getting ready to close up). Yarn in hand, I had him look through Ravelry to find a pattern he liked. He ended up choosing the Gingerbread Hat pattern, which is available for free to all Ravelry users. (Thanks Angela!)
The hat took me 8 hours across 3 weeks to finish. For a moment I thought I wouldn’t get it done before winter was done. Then the weather reminded me that I live in MN, and that’s a silly concern. As a friend of a friend said : “MN has 4 seasons! Winter, Second Winter, Mosquito, and Almost Winter.”
Right then. The yarn he chose was a variegated green merino wool. I lost the tag, but you can see that it’s a pretty yarn below (and that’s really all that matters, right?):
Yarn ball, made it was time to start knitting.
Hour 1: The cuff
I used my brandy new Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles (which I’m in LOVE with, seriously, can I have all the Hiya Hiya things?). The cuff always takes me so long. I think it’s the counting and the perling.
Hour 2: Finishing the Cuff
Yeah, seriously it took me 2 hours to cast on and do the ribbing. But then it was done and I got to do more fun stuff!
Hour 3: Beginning the Ribbing
Pretty! I *think* this is actually 2 hours, but I only had it recorded as one, so we’ll keep it as so. I’ll be honest, this was my first experience with cable needles. So many things I want to make now!
Hour 4,5,6 and 7: More ribbing
I could label each of these separately, but seriously, it’s just getting bigger slowly. I decided I wanted to have 7 sets of the rib. It probably would have been better if I had done 8, but it still fits him ok, so that’s good.
Hour 8: Done!
And there we have it! A finished hat! I have a picture of Earl wearing it, but decided not to put it here (I’m lazy people, sorry). 🙂
Ok, now let’s talk a bit about the pictures. I really like this new system I have of taking photos on Instagram and then moving them over here. It’s so easy! But it made me realize how much I hate the pictures my phone takes! I’m nearing the end of my contract, so maybe I’ll get a new one this summer. We’ll see. In the mean time, sorry about the hit or miss quality of the hourly pictures. I’ll make it a point to get good pictures of the finished projects with my regular camera.
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