The Best Hat That Ever Was

This is a comeback post of sorts, I suppose. If you’ve followed along with me for long enough, you’ll realize that I really do not like knitting hats. And I don’t very often. It’s just not something I care to do. It hurts my hands, and the hat rarely turns out well. So, instead, I often trade my knitting or spinning services for hats that other knitters create. This has worked well for me.

However, I had that amazing rotund 6 ply chain ply. And I couldn’t resist. I needed a Shroom hat. I wouldn’t have it any other way. So I knit one.

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And it is simply the best hat that ever was. I love it. I love the crazy colors, I love the fit, I am happy with the way it looks. It’s got a lot of sparkle and a lot of crazy colors and it just…is the best hat that *I* have ever created. It was tempting to wear it to work today, but I doubt that it is quite cool enough to get away with it. Maybe tomorrow.

Miss Bug has this long list of knitting she wants me to make for her. I’ve never really gone over the top with knitting for her before, but this year may be my year to start. In which case, this blog may be quiet on the finished object front, as I’ll not be able to show the final project until after Christmas. In the interest of the long list of knitted items, I started a shroom hat for Miss Bug yesterday, but with dk weight handspun. I had to change the sizing a bit, but it’s still going to work well.

Catching up

Or getting you all caught up.

On Wednesday evening last week, I came home to a computer that wouldn’t start properly. However, I had a busy enough week planned that I knew I would not get an opportunity to bring it in for service until Saturday. Thus, even though I had a few things to blog about, I could not do so easily with my computer on the fritz. And, quite frankly, I had some decent bike riding planned (more on that in the next post) and had no interest in changing plans to get a computer fixed. So while I took pictures of completed projects, I had to save them for later.

I took a better picture of the all ears hats before they were sent to their recipients.

The pink one is yarn which I dyed, and the blue one is dream in color classy in beach fog. These were done from leftovers in my leftover box. I always feel like I am getting something for nothing when I can dive into the leftovers box!

I also finished another Christmas Stocking. This one is #9 I believe. I have 4 more to complete at some point next year, but I think I am done for the season!

I am very close to finishing a Citron shawl out of handspun, so I should have another finished object soon. Which is fantastic since it also means I can start something new!

Eggplant hat

So, I’ve always said I don’t particularly care for knitting for babies and toddlers, but I seem to be doing a lot of it lately!  Nick thought it would be nice to have a cute hat for his goddaughter, so we chose the Very Berry Baby hat pattern and made it up to look like an eggplant. The purple yarn is malabrigo rios and the green is knitpicks swish worsted. The hat took less than 24 hours and turned out so very cute. We chose the toddler size so that Miss O can wear it for a good long time. (As soon as she grows into it that is.)

One day hat

I decided with all those 7 hats coming in for me, I should probably make Bug a hat too.  I had some malabrigo chunky sitting in my stash begging to be used, so I decided to find a pattern to fit it.  I found a lovely twisted stitch hat for children and knit the hat in a 24 hour period. I don’t love knitting hats, but this one was rather satisfying.  I have some more chunky yarn in my stash and I think this would be a great pattern for knitting charity hats for the Hats off to Gaza group.  The pattern is Chunky Dean Street Hat.



Those of you who have me on facebook know that I’ve been on a mad chase for beret style hats this year. But I don’t actually like to knit hats.  I jokingly posted on facebook that I needed to find myself someone to trade knitting with, because I wanted to own “ALL THE HATS.”  It was a joke. Seriously. I never imagined it would produce 40 comments and 3 wonderful trades.  And a total of 7 hats. Amazing!

The first of “ALL THE HATS” has arrived.  This one was knit by my friend Minnie, or dragonknitter.  She will be receiving 2 pairs of socks in return for 4 hats.  Isn’t that awesome?  I could keep going, but I don’t want to exhaust the poor gal.

The first hat is “Brambles” from  It was knit in cascade 220 in a light pink color that I used for Bug’s log cabin blanket. I had a lot left over.  I will be kettle dyeing the other two skeins so that I don’t end up with 3 light pink hats, because that would just be a little insane.

Isn’t that some pretty knitting?