Hat Extravaganza Part 2

Yesterday I told you about some of the hats that I knitted in the last month or so….

…. But, wait! There’s more! And it begins with a story.

When I was but a young woman and knitting was still new to me, I set out to knit a sweater for the Dancing Queen. I carefully chose a pattern suited to her personality, a free spirited, outside-the-box kind of sweater pattern, an interesting but not too hard to knit pattern. I chose Polkadot, a free pattern from Berroco.

Then I ordered yarn. Lots and lots and lots of yarn. I love purple and so I figured that one couldn’t have too much Wool of the Andes Bulky in the Galaxy colorway. Besides, I didn’t want to run out midcircle…

Well, long story short, the Polkadot sweater was a disaster, a total failure, an embarrassing chapter in my knitting story. I ended up making a simple cardigan for my darling daughter instead, after I frogged the stupid circle of doom one too many times. The sweater that actually got knitted used up only half of the yarn that I had bought.

So I made mittens. I made a hat. I made a doll sweater. I made a pair of doll slippers. We used it for crafts in school. And, it seemed that no matter how much we used, the yarn never got used up.

Enter my recent hat making obsession.

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Yes, that is the sweater, too. I made it big and it still fits even after two years. This hat, though you can’t really see it, is just a made up hat with a simple cable rib pattern.

Of course, there was still more yarn, so I made another hat.

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It’s the purple one on the Princess’s smiling head. I could get a better picture of it, but if you have been a knitter for any length of time, you have see it before – it is the Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, only with my gauge, it came out child sized.

And, wouldn’t you know it? There is still more yarn….

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Hat Extravaganza Part 1

It all started with this:

A luscious skein of Malabrigo Rasta that I ordered back in December just to feel it’s squooshy goodness with my own two hands.

It had languished for awhile in the stash as my love affair with lace heated up. It patiently waited for me while I discovered my inner sock knitter. And it was there for me when I hit a serious new-baby-fatigue-induced knitting block. A quick colorful knit was just what I needed.

So, the hunt for the perfect pattern began. It took me awhile, but I finally landed on a lovely free hat pattern that seemed ideal and cast on. Two hours later I had this:

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The gauge was a bit tight with this yarn, but I like it anyways.

I liked the pattern so much that I pulled out my Dream In Color Groovy (Torchwood) and made another:

I had the opposite problem with gauge on this one and had to go down a needle size.

Then, because I was really enjoying the instant gratification that was all up in this place, I pulled out a skein of Berocco Peruvia Quick and my copy of 101 Designer One Skein Wonders and cast on the Lavender Lace Beanie:

This was so cute, I know that I will make another.

This was the yarn my sister got for me last Christmas because she loves me so much. Three balls of this stuff…. I see more hats in my future.

Quick knits. It’s about all this Mama can do these days.