1.26.2015

red hat, pink hat, striped cowl







a red hat a bit too small,
yarn she chose herself for a new right-sized hat,
my big fat cotton cowl

I'm enjoying the circular needles, just need to learn a thing or two about gauge and such.  that yellow hat I made a couple weeks ago is HUGE.  I need to pull it out and redo it or find a giant to gift it to.  maybe it has a thing or two to do with the way I just grab yarn I like then choose needles I have (instead of buying new ones that are properly sized for the yarn) and dive in.  hmm.  well that doesn't always work.

the nice ladies at the yarn shop said they'd walk me through a tea leaves sweater when I'm ready.  or another of my choosing.  they have several sweaters and hats and other lovely things hanging on the walls with yarn samples and patterns.  there is a big table in the middle of the shop and lots of comfy seating.  it is just a couple doors down from the coffee shop…. they said that the tea leaves was a good first sweater because of this and that and the other.  I'm not really sure the reasons, I maybe didn't listen as carefully once they said "we'll walk you through it".

this is fun.

24 comments:

  1. I still knit swatches for almost all of my projects unless I manage to find the same yarn as the pattern. I am stubborn and have many a time just started to knit only to find it's the wrong size and then having to go and pull it all out - so I completely understand. I hate taking the time to make swatches but I am learning. :)

    I have a set of changeable circulars which I purchased after months of having to check if I had a size for a project and then having to make a trip out to get some. I'm not good at planning so often I'd be ready to start and realize I didn't have needles! Ugh! :)

    I love your cowl! It's just wonderful and I love your photos of you! :) Cute cute wee girl too!

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    1. changeable circulars? that sounds like something I think I want!

      thank you~ at first I thought I'd pull it all out and try to knit it a bit smaller, but it is growing on me :)

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  2. I am loving the pink yarn, perfect for a beautiful little girl.

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  3. Love that pink yarn and the cowl! :)

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  4. What is that bird food you're eating? The knitting and colours are divine.

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    1. ha! that's the dregs at the bottom of my granola bowl.
      thank you, thank you~

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  5. Sometimes trial and error are the best ways to have fun!

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  6. Love that pink and white chunky yarn - would you share what brand it is? (Probably something hand-dyed local NC cool!) I have the same problem with needles - it seems that for every new project, you have to buy a new set of needles! Sometimes I try using the next size up in the pattern, but then using the size smaller needles I have or vice versa. Of course it does not always work! Luckily I'm knitting for a small toddler, not a 7 skein sweater for myself.

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    1. of course I will share the brand- but no, it is not anything local- it is this: http://aslantrends.com/lecco.php (#1335)

      you can be SURE that when I'm starting the sweater for myself I will be parked right next to one of those nice yarn shop ladies!

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  7. Are you just starting to knit? Oh my..I wrote a very funny story about my adventures in beginning knitting. How my kids would scream when I tried to jam their new (too small) hats on their heads and oh my gosh...SO many stories. I should send it to you.
    XO
    C

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    1. I've been knitting for several years, but just square and rectangular things on straight needles- no patterns, no decreases, etc. here I am entering the world of circular needles and patterns- although a bit half-assed if I'm being honest- hence the laziness about gauge and needle size and whatnot.

      oh yes, do send it my way!
      xo

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  8. you can do it! it's a nice pattern to knit :) Love your cowl and the red hat!!

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  9. ooohhh... friendly knitters are the best. My honey hat is a little tight, but it does fit me, I may wear it or I may just stash it until I have a littler head around someday.

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    1. definitely.

      I bet it will stretch as you wear it- that's what happened to my yellow one, and it was already way too big, so……

      having a little stash would be good too, though :)

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  10. Mmm, I like the way that cowl reminds me of those pine-white-and-caramel Brach's candies. It's making me hungry. And yes, gauge. 19 years into knitting and I still don't get it right. Sigh. But yes, it is fun!

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    1. oh that's funny- but you are so right!

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  11. love your shy pics :) that cowl is PERFECT!!! and it looks perfect for you. she looks darling in a too small hat... can't wait to see the proper fitting one. you really make me want to pick up the needles again... it's been quite some time now.

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    1. ha! thanks :)
      will be sure to share photos of the proper fitting one once it's finished! (haven't even started it yet, actually…)

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