Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thar Be Knitting Here

The last few days I've been knitting on a spontaneously chosen project. According to my knitting plan I should be working on Matt's holiday sweater and some socks. However, in the true spirit of pirate life, I've thrown all my lists to the wind (for a couple days) and I've knit the We Call Them Pirates Hat for Matt. Here be the specifics:

We Call Them Pirates Hat

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates
Yarn: KnitPicks Merino Style in Coal and Vanilla with leftover Rowan Calmer for the lining.
Needles: Size 5 for the fair isle, size 1 for the lining
Start Date: August 20, 2006
End Date: August 22, 2006
Comments: Matt asked me a few weeks ago if I could knit him a skull and crossbone hat he found online. I told him I wasn't very good at 2-color knitting so I probably wouldn't. Then I decided to give the old fair isle style another shot. This pattern was a blast and it is as close to instant gratification as you can get while still using the words knitting and fair isle. I think this pattern will be knit again - definitely for some of the crew from our last sailing trip:) It looks a little wonky towards the top, but when it's on Matt's head it lays nice and flat. The KnitPicks Merino Style was a delight, as always. Incredibly soft and knits up nicely. (Oh, and Matt loves it!)

I also finally got around to doing the finishing for the Tasha Bag I knit in June. I was dreading the finishing, but it went off without a hitch and now I've got myself a pretty new bag.


Pattern: Tasha from Knitty
Yarn: Rowan Denim in Nashville
Needles: 5's and 6's
Start Date: June 17, 2006
End Date: August 22, 2006
Comments: What can I say? The yarn turns your hands and needles blue. The pattern requires you knit half a dozen pieces then seam them all. But I really love the finished bag. It's all worth it in the end, but halfway through, with blue fingers, I wasn't sure it was worth it.

***Knitting GROUP is tonight (Wednesday) at the Borders' Cafe in Wilmette (corner of Lake & Skokie). We meet from 6:30 until 8:00 and any yarn enthusiast is welcome!***


Emma said...

Uh oh, my husband saw that hat and now he wants one!

knit chick said...

What no socks?!?! ;)

You're just cranking those FOS left and right! Glad to hear he likes the hat. It looks great.

Bummer about the blue hands and needles. I know exactly what you mean!

Chicago Jen said...

WOW!! So cool that you pulled off that hat in so little time!! Sorry we missed you last night. You bag is pretty too, but I have no intention of ever knitting with something that turns my hands blue. That just take all the fun out for me, so I'll admire your from afar.... :)

Heather said...

Cute hat! Sadly, my husband wouldn't wear it...he's really boring, in the knitting sense.

And, btw, Heather looks fabulous!! I've got to get my hands on that pattern!