Posted on 08/8/13
I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to sock yarn. Now this is kind of pitiful because I hate, hate, knitting socks. But sock yarn, especially the really expensive kind with cashmere and silk and merino makes just the cutest baby sweaters and I have a granddaughter that I love to knit for.
I also like sport yarn and DK. Don’t ask me why, but I love knitting lace patterns and they turn out so nice on the small weight yarns.
So, my bin of left over yarn, which I was planning on using for chemo caps, is loaded with DK and smaller weight yarns. So it takes a LONG time to make a hat.
And add to that the fact that sometimes those free patterns you get on ravelry.com are, well, inaccurate about things like yarn weights and knitting gauges.
So my first hat, made with some sport-weight merino blend yarn turned out to be . . . well . . . small. But it’s beautiful. And some child. . . er infant. . . will, I’m sure get use out of it. But the next time I make this pattern, I’m using worsted weight and MUCH BIGGER needles.
Having ended up with a tiny hat for my first project, I went digging deeper into my sash of leftovers and came up with some super chunky acrylic tweed that I bought a long, long time ago when I was first learning how to knit. But I needed the chunky stuff because I didn’t want to put up a post this week and have to confess that I’d only managed one, tiny hat.
So, yes, I have another hat with pretty cables on it. And the yarn is soft and cushy and I’ve been told that hats like that are much appreciated. So, success! And it only took a couple of hours (instead of days) to knit this one. There is a message here to my brain. Chunky yarn and big needles are your FRIENDS!
I don’t know what I’m going to knit next. Tonight I’ve got to take the cat to the vet and I don’t think I’ll have time to wade through my stash and pick out the yarn for the next one. And then again my stash is heavy on the sock yarn. Does anyone have a good pattern for a hat made of sock yarn?
So, how have you done this week? Please post pictures so we can all be impressed.
The Last Chance Charity Knit Along is taking place from August 1 – August 31, 2013. Knitters are being asked to knit or crochet hats for The Hatbox Foundation, which provides hats to cancer patients and other in need. Knitters who send hats to Hope before September 9, will receive a small tape measure for their knitting bags and will be entered into a giveaway for books and other swag. For details read the week one blog.