Thursday, March 10, 2011
We are the proud owners of two new beanies knitted by yours truly! I'm extremely proud of these little things and neither of us can stop wearing them. If it weren't for the warm sunshine and promise of long summer days ahead, I'd almost wish it were only November again so we could wear these for the next five months, but I've already been accused of channeling Meg Griffin's classy style so I don't really want to perpetuate that.
I got both patterns from Ravelry.com, a site I'm loving and spending way too much time on. My husband's beanie, the Boy Hat, is made with Malabrigo worsted but I can't remember the color nor can I find the tag, and took me over a month to finish because I was so busy with work. The decrease rounds (at least the beginning) were too scary for this beginner to attempt alone, but by the time I was ready to start, I went out of town for work twice in two weeks, and then had a bunch of work to finish up once I got home, so the unfinished beanie sat waiting for me all that time. I finally made it to Blazing Needles a couple weeks ago and knitted the decrease rounds under adult supervision. It was better that way. Once I was done, it got rave reviews both from the ladies in the shop and my husband once I got home.
My beanie, the Hurricane Hat is so cute, if I do say so myself, and was very quick to knit. I started last Thursday afternoon and finished Sunday morning, and I did it all myself. No supervision for the decreases! I'm so proud. I didn't quite follow the pattern exactly though. I used size 8 (5mm) needles and changed up the brim a little. I didn't want any ribbing at all, I just wanted to start in with the spirals, but didn't want a rolled brim either so I did K1, P1 for one inch instead of K2, P2 for 1.5 inches. I love it. And how could I go wrong with this beautiful color? It's Malabrigo worsted Verde Adriana. I'm completely in love with it. Next up: more beanies. I grabbed some Cascade 220 Summer Sky Heather for me and some Charcoal Gray for my husband. He wants another Boy Hat, and I'm going for a spiral look too, but something slightly different. You'll see.