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Remember that day that I was boasting about all the FO’s I had in my back pocket?  You might be wondering where the last one is.  You might even be thinking that I was lying to you that day.  But I’m here to say that I wasn’t lying and I haven’t forgotten to show you this last one.  I’m just really good at procrastinating.

I’m so good at procrastinating, that when I tell you when exactly I finished knitting this hat, you will be shocked and amazed and probably scared, because you will have then realized just how good I am at not doing things in a prompt-like manner.  When I think about it, I’m also scared because I begin to wonder if all my projects will be like this.  The answer is most likely a definite yes.  I think that’s just the nature of procrastinators.

Ok, so here’s the ugly truth about this hat.  I finished it in May. GAAAAAAAAAAAASP!!!!  Here’s the funniest part: (are you ready?) I finished knitting this hat in two consecutive days.  DOUBLE GAAAAAAAAAASP!!!  Yes, I really finished this hat nearly 3 months ago.  I finished it so quickly that I didn’t even bother photographing my progress.  Plus, I think the guy sitting next to me on the airplane thought I was weird in the first place, so I didn’t want to add to the weird factor by busting out my camera and posing the hat all over my tray table.

I couldn’t believe how fast I made it.  I was impressed with myself.  I had every intention of adding the buttons and blogging about it the moment I got back home.  But then a terrible thing happened…. I bought more yarn and cast on for about 10 more projects.  Oops?  Then I was just making excuses that I hadn’t seen the recipient in a while and we were kind of having a sort of summer in Seattle and I had to find the right buttons, and isn’t this other project so pretty and soft and don’t you want to touch it?  It was quite pathetic.

Pattern Details:

Pattern: Argyle Lace Hat by Laura Irwin in Boutique Knits
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Fresco (60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora) in Charcoal Black
Needles: US 4 [3.5mm] Circulars
Modifications: None, knit exactly to pattern instructions
Recommend to a friend: Yes! 
Notes: Pattern is fun and easy to knit, with enough details to keep you busy.  This yarn is also pretty amazing.  It shows off the stitch definition well and it really softened up after blocking and has great drape.  Perfect for a slouchy hat or a flowing scarf.

Maybe I just like deadlines.  Maybe I just like the self-imposed pressure of finishing everything before some big event.  I’m not really sure.  But then the recipient of the hat decided to up and move to Vegas.  Umm, will she still want a hat if she lives in Vegas?  An alpaca/wool blend hat?!  She did.  So I buckled down and found the perfect (in my opinion… and mostly because I was tired of looking) buttons.  Thus I finished the hat and she’s really happy she has a warm hat, even though she’s now living in Vegas and I let another 3 weeks pass by without blogging about it.

So there you have it.  The story about how I procrastinated….yet again.

Holy yarn balls, Batman, I have four FO’s sitting here in front of me waiting to be shown to the world!!  Seriously, four FO’s!  But I don’t want to overload you with the awesomeness that is my knitting…and also, I need to quickly type out this post because there are crepes out there with my name on it.  mmm…delicious crepes, I can taste you now… What was I saying?  Oh right, FO’s.  Four FO’s.  But you only get to see two for now.  And that’s not two four.  Sorry, it’s early and I’m too distracted by crepes to make good jokes.

You know what I love about knitting stuff for babies (I mean besides the obvious fact that babies look friggin AH-dorable in handmade knits)?  They’re so quick!  So quick and require so little yarn that you can make two baby hats in two days from one skein of yarn.  That’s what I call a logistical dream come true.

Pattern Details

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Berroco Blackstone Tweed in Ancient Mariner (aka brownish with purple and green tweed nupps).  Each hat used up approximately 63 yards.
Needles: US 8 [5 mm], Circular
Size: Fits 3-6 month old
Recommend to a Friend: Well, I would if there was a pattern.  Would you want a free pattern?

I made both hats up as I went, but it’s not like they’re anything too profoundly original.  That being said, would anyone be interested if I wrote up the pattern and offered it for free?

There’s a lesson to be learned in making baby hats, which is this: DPN’s are your friend, especially when your only size 8 circular needles are 46″ long.  It was only slightly annoying having all that extra cable just hanging out doing whatever it wanted.  I was sure I had some size 8 DPN’s somewhere.  Maybe they ran away with my size 7 circulars, which I could of sworn I had.  Ooh, plus side: this means that I can buy myself some new needles at work this weekend!  I mean….make do with what I have because it’s not good to spend all of your paychecks at the yarn store.  *sad face*  But it’s my birthday?  I mean soon, like in a month…but still….right?  Right?!  Someone help me out here!

It’s raining right now in Seattle (surprise, surprise), the kind of rain that requires me to wear rainboots, and the crepes are out there somewhere.  After I eat them, I will probably sit somewhere nice and cozy and knit some more.  Maybe that sweater that I need to finish…. And then maybe when you come back in a few days I will have not two, but three more FO’s to show you.  Well, one can dream.

PS. I’m joining other knitters over at Tami’s blog for FO Friday.  Check out how productive we can be!

PPS.  On a totally unrelated note, (I find if I add a photo at the end of a post, you guys actually read the whole thing.  I’m onto you, slackers.  Oh I’m onto you….) I have tomatoes!!

Forgive the post title.  I’m about 4 hours away from my departure time to Japan, and I wanted to quickly add this little post before I left.  My apartment is still not clean, I found a sweet potato in my cupboard that needs to be given to someone who will eat it, I need to finish packing, and I still haven’t eaten breakfast.  But it’s all about priorities, people!  So I took 15 minutes out of my time to wind a ball of yarn for my trip…like I said, priorities!

Anyways, check out this hat I made:

Just a basic, run of the mill beanie with stripes.  But the cool thing about this hat is the tubular cast on and the jogless stripes.  Also it only took two days to make, which is great considering all the other projects I’m working on are very time consuming.  So this was a fun little break from all that.

So Japan…it’s a work thing, that will turn into a play thing.  There will be sake.  There will be sushi.  There will be samurai sword fights with komodo dragons!!!  Ok, maybe not that last part, but admit it, that would be pretty friggin’ cool.  I hate leaving projects behind, but even though I tried really really hard, I didn’t finish Aidez.  I did a good chunk of the front pieces, but alas, I will have to come back to it in a couple of months.  I am taking Rock Island shawl with me though since it’s pretty lightweight and the pattern is pretty simple to memorize.

Hopefully I’ll get a few chances to catch up on the blog while I’m gone, but in the meantime, fellow knitters: knit on!

I’m going to preface this blog by saying that I thought today was Wednesday.  It’s really Tuesday.  I’m aware that this is trite.  I don’t care, it pisses me off anyways.

I need to suck it up and buy a damn ball winder already.  I’m a lazy asshole that doesn’t like going to the yarn store to use their ball winder.  Also I’m afraid that if I go there, I won’t leave without buying something.  Besides, I have my own method and it involves kitchen utensils and an overturned chair, seriously.  This works every time without tangling the yarn and it creates a really solid center-pull ball.  Yesterday I tried to cut corners.  I should never try to cut corners, because this is what happens:

But I’m stubborn and I still won’t buy a ball winder.

There are some things that I dread about being single.  Take for instance the fact that I will now have to shave my legs and pits, go to the gym, brush my hair, wear things that match, look presentable.  These things are all trite too, but it still pisses me off.  In actuality, I will probably not change any of the ways that I do things for myself.  Because that’s just how I roll: mismatching, hairy, and damn proud of it.

Also I don’t know if I want to finish this beanie.  On one hand, I really want to see how it turns out and I think J would still like it.  On the other hand, it might be too soon.

I suppose I can just put it in the WIP pile for later.  It’s warming up anyways (I write this as it’s hailing outside), so it wouldn’t be of much use to anyone until months from now.

I don’t intend to make this blog about my so-called personal life.  My personal life is dull and boring and, well, personal.  But it’s hard to go through life-altering situations without at least mentioning it in passing.

So, it’s Tuesday and I’m going to avoid the gym like the plague, untangle my yarn and finish winding it into a ball.  It’s a glamorous life.

Call him K2P2.  Thanks for the awesome suggestion, Sillylittlelady!  There’s a beer up here in Seattle with your name on it!  And thank you everyone else for joining in and suggesting some really creative names!  I love how easily knitting and sci-fi get along; knitting truly is for nerds (and damn proud of it!).

As a recent transplant to Earth, K2P2 enjoys crunching numbers, knitting continental style, drinking beer, and charting trajectories of planets near and far away as well as charting patterns for knitting.  He’s looking for a free-spirited fembot that enjoys hand-knit accessories, drinking red wine, and can show him how to spin his own yarn.  He totally made me write that.

I’ve been struggling with a design for J’s beanie (it shames me to tell you that I’ve had the yarn in my hands for well over a year now).  The green is so neon, that I’m afraid it might be radioactive, but I think that with the right design, the purple will help subdue the intensity.  I originally was planning to start things off with a simple 2×2 rib and then, using vikkel braids, transition into reverse stockinette with three cables (2 purple, 1 green) equally spaced apart.  But I really hated how the transition to the reverse stockinette looked and how the green cable just appears out of nowhere.  So, I decided to forgo the ribbing altogether and I just finished a little swatch using seed stitch as the background.  Of course, I would start with the green cable at the bottom edge.  I might add an applied i-cord or crochet a single stitch around the edging when it’s all said and done.

You may be wondering how I’m going to deal with the color change in the round.  I’m wondering the exact same thing myself.  I really don’t feel like carrying the green yarn all the way around, and I don’t want to knit it flat, but I’m not really sure how to do intarsia in the round.  I read a few different techniques about it, so I guess I’ll just have to roll up my sleeves and gopher it.

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