Finished: Slouchy Sockhead Hat

Well, I’m probably not the only one finding 2021 not quite as hoped… I saw someone saying we should be referring to the current day as December 60th 2020. I can get behind that. Hopefully not so many more days of 2020 left so I actually have time to do anything other than work… One good extra finish of 2020 though was my silly Slouchy Sockhead Hat.

It’s been a bit of a journey with a lot of frogging, tinking and shredding (is that the right word for savaging your knitting in a fury?) but it is now officially a Finished Object. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, I love the wool, I love the colour and I enjoyed making it but it feels more garden gnome in style than casual chic and there are a few bits in the decreases that look a little lumpy. There’s another few places where I haven’t done a great job repairing some dropped stitches and I think you can see where perhaps I lost a little concentration towards the end but the tension has come out well and the fabric has a good handle to it.

The wool is fabulous. If you want some of your own, head over to Kieler Wolle and get some of their yak blends. I’m truly impressed with quite how bulletproof the yarn turned out to be but the finished hat is very snuggly and incredibly stretchy and forgiving on the sizing. No swatch gauges knitted and very little attention paid to the pattern sizing and it still worked out okay!

I was worried that I would run out of wool for this one but there’s still a decent amount left over that will no doubt hang around until I figure out some scrappy pattern to use it up with. I’m somewhat mesmerised by the colours of it which is a disappointing feature of a hat that you can’t see often and you end up looking rather strange if you do start petting it.  

I found the endless amount of stockinette quite soothing and I think I will be looking for a simple sock pattern to combine mindless with something new to try. Maybe I can use the garish Hedgehog Fibre atrocity I have lurking in the cupboard though I’m not sure it’ll be nearly as nice to knit with.

In the meantime, if anyone wants me, I’ll be sat in the corner with my new hat pulled over my face waiting for 2020 to end.  

Review: Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood

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What does a knitter like to do when not knitting? Buy yarn, pet yarn, ogle designs, and read books about knitting. Got a knitter you would like to let know you’re thinking of them without entering the minefield of fibre blends, gauges and tools that look like torture devices to the uninitiated? Maybe Ann Hood’s collection of short essays could be just the thing for you…

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Dyeing Sock Yarns (In Pairs!)

Maybe it’s the dour dark nights of winter drawing in already but I’ve been finding myself really craving working with fibre. It’s been a struggle not to cast something new one the needles, but I have had the wheel out and some delightful yak for a bit of sampling work I hope to share soon. Somewhat dangerously, I did end up going to the virtual Indie Untangled Trunk Show, which is probably what inspired the current bit of dyeing.

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…trying again…? Really? III

…This hat really is proving to be quite the disaster, isn’t it? To start today’s post, I’d really like to thank yarnmama10 for very kindly taking the time to point out on my last post that what I had claimed (and thought) was stockinette stitch on my hat was actually garter… Whoops. I am very, very grateful for someone pointing this out to me before I picked up one of those ‘lifelong mistakes’. In my excitement to knit on with the project and rushing to remind myself the pattern for stockinette I had forgotten to pause, breathe, and think about what I was trying to do. Whoops indeed. Here is a note to myself with a helpful guide on the differences between knitting flat and in the round.

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Review: This Golden Fleece

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I’ve been very much enjoying the number of textile-themed narrative non-fiction books being published lately. From Kassia St Clair’s brilliant offerings, The Golden Thread and The Secret Lives of Colour, through to the exceptional Threads of Life and the still interesting but not entirely my cup of tea, Knitlandia.

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Review: Knitlandia

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A book about knitting in the New York Times Bestseller list? Apparently not as outrageous as it sounds. Welcome to ‘Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World’, Clara Parkes’s collection of tales of knitting conventions and events across the world.

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Zürcher Stadler, Lyssach

I’ve ventured far out of my way to visit craft shops before, some of which were rather off the beaten track, but I’m not sure any have proved quite as impossible to get to Zürcher Stadler. This isn’t so much because it is in the middle of nowhere, or because the sat-nav can’t find it, but because the road network leading to the place has a strategically placed no entry sign that seems to make it impossible to enter the estate where the shop is. I won’t say how we overcame that particular obstacle but plan your visit and route in advanced.

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