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well… its always pleasurable, but lets be honest, when you’ve made what seems like a hundred hats for christmas gifts… you’re reeeeaally ready to get back into the world of “real projects” slash “things for yourself” (or at least that you really can’t wait to work on, even if they are gifts. at least there’s no holiday pressure). so yes, i’m finishing off the last two hat gifts for the fam and its on to bigger and better things.

The next big thing:

ene’s scarf from scarf style

I’m excited to work on a big lace project. i really want to make this one. i already purchased the yarn – Blackberry Ridge Laceweight Silk Blend in the color shown (“willow”). Since it is my first “official” (major) foray into the lace world, i decided to stick with the materials called for by the pattern. Plus i think it looks just great as it is! didnt want to fuss with yarn substitution etc. etc.

I also plan on immediately finishing my 95% completed sweater that has been on hold since the holiday knitting began. its a shame that i didn’t finish it before, because i could really use another sweater in the ASS COLD weather we’ve been having in nyc.

next sweater project will probably be a variation on this sweater:

i think i’m going to edit out the cabling and do a more simple, slim-fitting body. I’ll probably play up the shawl collar a little more, which is the major draw to this pattern (not to mention that it was free). i’m thinking debbie bliss cashmerino aran. does anyone have any tips or comments (or WARNINGS?) about this yarn that i should know before taking the plunge and buying 10 balls?

exciting!

well, its about time for a beefy huge photo-post to update you all on what i’ve been doing most evenings
this winter… the good news is, i think i’ll be finished with all of my gifts for everyone just in time for christmas. i only have two more hats to finish (both of which are in progress and will not be included in this post, for obvious reasons.)

here it is, the winter line from brooklyn tweed … THE HAT PARADE:

from top to bottom: shedir cables, lamb’s pride pompom, bulky merino cozy cap, striped hat with earflaps, ganomey hat, merino ear flaps, prospect park stipes, merino ear flaps II, nautilus hat. read on for specs…

pattern: my own
materials: lamb’s pride worsted [colors: heather, red]
needles: US 8 dpn’s
thoughts: this was actually made a while back, but i am gifting it this christmas because its nice and lord knows i have too many hats for myself.

pattern:modified version of the Official Kitty Hat
materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [color: sealing wax]
needles: US 7 36″ circs using magic loop method

thoughts:well, this yarn is a marvel of the wool-world. and the color is absolutely insane. i enjoyed every minute of knitting it up and its such a beautiful FO. the color is so intense, it sort of sucks you in. it’ll be hard to give it up, but i know it will be worn by a VERY appreciative head.

Pattern: Prospect Park Cap original pattern
Materials: karabella aurora 8 superwash merino [colors: burnt orange, brown]
Needles: US 6 16″ circular

Thoughts: see previous post for more in depth details and photos

Pattern: moss stitch ear flaps my own pattern
Materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [color: sunset]
Needles: US 7 36″ circular using magic loop

Thoughts: i beefed up the earflaps on this one for more adequate coverage. so soft. so warm. great color. check.

Pattern:the Ganomey Hat Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac
Materials: Lamb’s Pride Bulky [color: loden leaf]
Needles: US 9 29″ circulars using magic loop

Thoughts: this hat is warm and fun to knit. so inventive, although i can’t say i’m surprised. zimmarmann is a wonder! to get the full effect you really need to see it modeled. i may post more photos of these hats being worn later.

Pattern: seeded ear flap stripes original pattern
Materials: malabrigo pure worsted merino [colors: sunset and continental (blue)]
Needles: US 7 36″ circular using magic loop

Thoughts: this is still obviously in progress (wasn’t planning on giving someone a uni-flap hat for christmas.) still to do: add second earflap, add i-cords to flaps and pom-pom on top of hat. Finish off with a crochet chaing edging all around the bottom to pull everything together.

Pattern: bulky cozy cap my own pattern
Materials: malabrigo bulky merino [color: pearl]
Needles: US 9 29″ circular using magic loop

Thoughts: this hat was a very quick knit and is very simple. but its veeery soft, bulky and warm. semi luxurious. cool color too.

* BONUS FEATURE BELOW *

Pattern: FAT stripes scarf my own (1×1 ribbing, extra thick and reversible)

Materials: Lion Brand Thick N’ Quick

Needles: US 15 straight bamboo needles

Thoughts: this was a fun knit, despite the aversion to acrylic… my roommate will love it and it will keep anyone warm who borrows it (me, most of all)

Closing Comments :: Now I understand that these hats aren’t nearly as fun when not modeled in the photos. Here is my defense. My head is freakishly large and in order to model most of these hats i would sacrifice their elasticity. I was short on “regular-sized head” people as well. But the provided photos will suffice for providing all the necessary information about materials, etc. I hope you enjoy! Comments are always welcome and if you have any questions, or want patterns, just ask!

Not Pictured above: the Nautilus Hat (modified version for smaller guage) made with Misti Alpaca Worsted (forgot to get a picture of it.) and Shedir from Knitty (see previous post for in-depth description and photos)

work is crazy right now and i’m getting frantic with knitted gifts. this combo has left little
time to post. hopefully i’ll be back more frequently in the near future.


the new knitty is out with no inspiring or fashionable patterns for men … i guess i’m never surprised but i’m always secretly hoping something great will pop up each time it comes out. i hate having to wait till the summer to get any substantial male patterns, and even then theres not many choices that i personally enjoy. it DOES give me more time to work on my own sweater designs, which is good i suppose.

despite the familiar absence of male-pattern-inspiration…. THIS is awesome! i’m excited to incorporate it into my next few projects!

hi! how was the holdiay for you all? did everyone get a bunch of knitting done like i did? holiday knitting is hard to beat.
i ended up teaching 3 people how to knit over thanksgiving and i think they all took to it really well! my brothers girlfriend caved after two days of my mom and i participating in knit-speak and parading around in our hand-knit garments. ha.

so here is a quick summary of what i’m up to:

* i finished an original earflap hat pattern that turned out really great.
* i pumped out a GREAT scarf for my good friend emily. big, chunky and thick
with a great splay of stripes
* started making some ornaments for the tree (mini-sweaters from weekend knitting)

i’m starting a few more projects in (what feels like a futile) attempt to finish everyone’s christmas gifts. i think i have about 5 more projects… maybe more. i’m sort of ignoring that issue.

OH and here’s something that really made my day:
knock yourself out! i know i will…

i finished the ganomy hat and its looks pretty great. i haven’t had a chance for photos because of my frantic preparation for thanksgiving. i’m leaving for home this afternoon. since i’m flying all the way to seattle, i am hoping that they let me bring my needles on the plane, dammit! i always get crap for my needles at security because i’m a guy… which makes me a “suspicious candidate” for carrying knitting. grrr…. don’t get me started.

anyway, i’ll post pics when i get home next week. oh yes, and i’m finally closing in on my raglan. i’ve finished the sleeves (after frogging about 3 times each) – finally got the right width, shaping and length (i was making it up as i went so it took me a few tries.) i’m just finishing about 1.5 inches on the body and then it’ll all be done and i’ll be wearing it all over.

happy thanksgiving to all. brooklyn tweed is officially on holiday. see you all next monday.

thought i’d post a couple of photos. i finished these a while ago but haven’t done the photo-documentation thing.

* VOO-DOO *

here are the old stand-by wrist warmers that most of us knitty fans have lying around somewhere. i wear them often, so they’re already quite pilly… the look of love, right?


pattern: knitty.com
materials: tahki ‘donegal tweed.’ color: dijon
needles: US 6 dpn’s

* Manos Scarf *

This is a scarf I made for my girlfriend last winter. i finally took some pics of it. its made with manos in a GREAT color. its very long for multiple neck wraps. one of my more favorite scarves i have done



pattern: my own. knit in 1×1 ribbing so it is reversible and nice and thick. the thick-and-thin quality of the wool adds a great subtle texture. i’m really into this scarf. i might make one for myself in a different color.

materials: manos del uruguay. 2 skeins
needles: US 10.5

* Malabrigo BULKY cap *

this IS a finished object … just not in the photo. just thought i’d toss it in for good measure. the bulky malabrigo takes softness to another level! i’m obsessed with this brand if you can’t tell.

pattern: my own

materials: malabrigo bulky merino. color: pearl

needles: US9 29″ circulars using the magic loop method

i’ve been spending much of my commute/general subway time with elizabeth zimmerman. i’ve been researching her methods and practical but inventive patterns. her outlook on our craft is wonderful and she has some great insight. while i wouldn’t wear many of her designs, i still enjoy reading about their construction and of course all of her words about the joys of PROCESS.

i’ve recently picked up knitter’s almanac. i love her three hat patterns for the month of july. (maxine at stitch therapy in park slope (my LYS) has the maltese fisherman’s hat knit up in her shop and it is AWESOME – i’m planning on making one for the winter at some point) zimmemann’s sweater chapters are wonderful too. i’m knitting up the “ganomy hat” to break up the monotony of the standard hat pattern i’ve been working over and over for christmas gifts. its a simple and practical pattern with a very interesting design (and a wonderfully creative approach to earflaps…. a personal obsession). so we’ll see how i like it when it becomes fully realized…

the only real problem with her books is that there aren’t very many good photo references for the projects [this is especially true in 'almanac']. to get an idea of how something really looks, fits, and feels, you really have to just knit it yourself (this was probably her secret agenda!) either way, i have no problem doing that since really …. the reason most of us are doing this is because we enjoy the process more than the result.

two of my favorite hats that i’ve recently completed: my prospect park inspired striped hat and Shedir from knitty.com

Shedir Cap

  • materials: rowan calmer in “coffee bean”
  • knit using US 3 16″ Circular Needle and dpn’s
  • pattern: knitty.com

Prospect Park Striped Hat

  • materials :: karabella aurora 8 in “rust” (color 16) and “brown” (color 6)
  • knit using US 6 16″ Circular Needle and dpn’s
  • pattern: my own


laying dormant on the window sill…..

and IN ACTION!!!

and look how great the tops look (especially shedir… how great is that?!)

there is a whole host of hats in my living room waiting to be photographed, but these two were the pioneers. i wanted to show them off first. also… many of the others are gifts, so i may not post them all until after christmas. these two, however…… all mine.

SHEDIR IS COMPLETE!! i will take pictures of it this weekend to post. it looks GREAT and fits nice and snug. i’m so proud of the end product – lots of work and it really paid off. last night was an exciting race against the clock as my obsessive finishing compulsion kept me up into the wee hours, despite my knowledge of the alarm that was set for 7am this morning…. totally worth the loss of sleep.

i’ve been pumping out the hats like nobody’s business – the christmas gift pile is growing. here’s a little inventory:

* * *

COMPLETED HATS
shedir cable cap :: rowan calmer [coffee]
seed stitch earflap hat :: malabrigo worsted merino [sealing wax]
prospect park striped cap :: aurora 8 [brown and burnt orange]
lamb’s pride stocking cap (2) :: lamb’s pride [various colors]
IN PROGRESS HATS
bulky marino cozy cap :: malabrigo bulky merino [pearl]
fighead cabled cap :: malabrigo worsted merino [sunset]
multi-direcional hat with brim (from knit.1 magazine) :: cashmere blend

* * *
i’m hoping to have a grandiose photo shoot with all the hats on parade… my roommate has some fake heads which i may use to model the pieces. we’ll see. until then, i’ll be knitting away on these! happy knitting weekend to all!

i’ve been struck with a feverish resolve to comlpe shedir this week! i’ve spent a good few hours on it the last few nights and am closing in on the victory. i’m shaping the crown and should be finishing it tonight… i’m very happy with the progress. it looks great! when i finish i’ll take some pictures and post. until then… probably knitting till my fingers bleed!

ooh – i also purchased the new men’s issue of knit.1 magazine. its wonderful, a lot of great patterns, especially in the hat realm. you should all check it out at barnes and noble or borders. i’ve already ordered the yarn for a few new projects.