Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two Hats

Hineri in Rowan Cocoon "Lavender Ice"Star-Crossed in 'Malabrigo Pearl'
I know I've said it before, but I am such a small accessories knitter. Cowls, hats, shawlettes, mittens, not-too-complicated scarves? I am so there, with bells on. Sweaters--ok, I'll give them a go once in a while just to keep it real. Please note that I DO NOT consider socks to be small accessories. They are the work of Satan himself their own category, mmkay? And I will never knit them again. Got it? Right.
Star-Crossed in 'Malabrigo Pearl'Hineri in Rowan Cocoon "Lavender Ice"
These two hats were completed right before the Junior Texting Dream Team hit the skies on a flight to Dublin that when it left, was headed to an airport that was open but then closed like 5 minutes after it took off. Nothing like being told by a nonchalant, callous airline employee that your kids are on a flight that "...might be diverted to another European city, or circle the airport and land somewhere else." Commence plotzing in 3...2... [...]. Luckily the airport briefly reopened and their flight managed to land but not before I learned the joys of real time tracking of trans-Atlantic airline flights combined with copious amounts of vodka.
Star-Crossed in 'Malabrigo Pearl'Hineri in Rowan Cocoon "Lavender Ice"
The Specs
Pattern: Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in 'Pearl'
Needles: 10.5 + 11 addi turbos
Mods: None

Pattern: Hineri by Olga Jazzy
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon, 1 skein in 'Lavender Ice'. Perfect yarn of this project!
Needles: 8 + 9 addi turbos
Mods: None, but I ended up ripping it out at least three times due to my inability to read all the way through a pattern.
Star-Crossed in 'Malabrigo Pearl'Hineri in Rowan Cocoon "Lavender Ice"
For all the colorwork knitting I do (and OH MAN do I have something to show you very soon), I still love a good solid colored hat as much as the next person. So stylish and easy to match with a variety of coats, right? Both of these hats were easy and can thus be classified in the 'knit while watching the idiot box' category. My only word of warning relates to the Hineri pattern--the cables are BEYOND tight, so if you have a larger head, this garment might be a tad too snug for your big Irish noggin'.

Box of Hand Knits

While the girls have been gone, we've taken to throwing their shit out rearranging. After an hour or two of gathering the family hand knits, I had amassed this gigantic box. I must say it was a thrill to see some of these again. Ufserud! December Lights tam! Such a pleasure to see you again, I hope your time behind the cookbook shelf wasn't too dusty and unpleasant, welcome back to permanent rotation. The large collection here requires desperate measures, so yesterday I went to Ikea (i.e. where previous lower back injuries are reactivated) and got a storage bench for these beauties. So this is what I'll be watching The Curmudgeon do on New Year's Eve. I hope you all have similarly thrilling plans!

21 comments:

knithound brooklyn said...

Assembling IKEA on New Year's Eve does have a bit of a romantic ring to it, if you listen carefully! Just remember, you ARE alone in that big house right now... :)

Rose said...

My stepdaughter is knitting the star crossed slouchy right now and I think I'm going to give it a go as well. Your's looks great! And I love small projects too! ADD at it's best!

Ashley said...

I've been meaning to knit a Star-Crossed forever but I see now that obviously my eyelashes are inadequate to wearing it.

kim said...

Gah! So much cably goodness. Now where did I toss that lone skein of Cocoon?

Hope the girls have a great trip. I think I would have lost my mind with worry. Happy New Year!

cauchy09 said...

ha! after knitting too many socks, i'm pretty much with you on that assessment of satanic origin.

the greenhorn knitter said...

I love your bit about Ikea! ;) Nothing like Swedish assembly directions and champagne on New Year's! Cheers!

Sarah said...

Why wasn't Hineri in my queue? This has been rectified. (ps. your kid is so pretty!)

Kirsetn said...

Ack! I had no idea you went through such trauma when your girls flew to Ireland. Not sure there's enough vodka in this house to get me through an ordeal like that. Glad to hear they got there safely.

KirstEN said...

Sheesh, I can't spell my own name.

Shana said...

You are so hilarious. Thank you for your wonderful blog. Happy 2011 from a fellow ADD knitting professor!

Yarnhog said...

I actually shuddered when I read "IKEA." I love IKEA, but assembling their furniture makes me want to cry. I've done quite a bit of it, and it's still an ordeal. I have spatial orientation issues, and those visual instructions kill me. I'll spare a moment tonight for a little sympathy for the Curmudgeon.

nicole said...

You ARE the queen of small knits. Enjoy your time off from the teen drama. And can't wait to see what you've got lined up next (I think I can guess that it's the same thing that I got lined up, if I can ever post again on my poor, abandoned blog).

Bonne Année, mon amie!

Kathy said...

I remember when you finished a pair of socks like every other day. Sorry to hear the sock love just left you like that. But there are always so many cool things to knit!

Suzie said...

Hello and Greetings from West Virginia. I agree with your socks comment... as I try and finish 2 different pairs. Why do I even start them. I've discovered a wonderful Yarn Shop in Cumberland MD. Millicent's ~ I think you would love it. Suzanne

kmkat said...

I am right there with you on the small accessories train. Such happy knitting -- chance to try out new yarns without major commitment, successful completion follows enthusiastic start in such short order. Lucky family to have a person like you around!

WhatKatieKnit said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like a great way to see in the new year. Your small accessories are fabulous. You're so funny ADD Knitter, and reading your blog always makes me smile.

LEO said...

And here I had no idea about your sock-feelings!

Jodi said...

Hooray for hats! I feel the need to knit a 3rd star-crossed slouchy beret, this time for myself!

Happy New Year, and I hope your quality time with the Allen wrench went well. Oh Ikea... I went another route and just bought an enormous basket to set by the door for all of our warm woollies.

Caffeine Girl said...

Small is good! The hats are darling. I just know I'm going to give in at some point and knit the slouchy beret

Angela said...

Happy 2011! What is the name of the storage bench you got? (I'm sure it's something like Snertdam or Fitsturd.) I am in desperate need of winterwear storage. I have more winter accessories than should be legal, and they need to be corralled.

Brad Fallon said...

Ha! You are hilarious! Your kid is lovely. Happy new year!