Before I share the first finished object of the year, I have been remiss in telling you that the fur-girls’ Mango Minster entries are up. As seasoned bloggers and readers, you know that Sissy’s was done first – that’s important to her, so I’m just sayin’… I’ll announce voting here, but it is time-sensitive and has a rather narrow window, so if you’d like a personal email notification at the appropriate time, let me know.
Also, DIVA aka: Queen, Sissy, etc. reports that her recovery is complete. Her staff is holding off on such a proclamation until the esteemed surgeon says so, but at any rate, she’s galloping, leaping and stealing things off counters again, so all is right in the Woods.
She has also requested that we only call her DIVA or Queen, but the staff isn’t cooperating. We have ceased with “Queenie” after learning that despite its use as by an esteemed matriarch related to me by marriage, it does have rather mean connotations in literature. Since Sis, while rambunctious and curious, is no troublemaker, we wanted no parts of that!
So… ’bout that FO…
It took me a week to knit Dae’s birthday hat.
Pattern: Rib-a-roni is a great pattern. This is actually my second time using it, so that should tell you something. It’s rare that I go back to a pattern, but this makes the perfect man’s hat. Don’t let my week confuse you; it’s a quick knit when the yarn is truly worsted weight (more on that in a bit) and when life isn’t unravelling at the seams.
I knitted the largest size.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, not quite a whole ball. While I love the “touch” of this yarn, meaning that it’s soft and very easy to care for, I am not at all convinced it really is even a light worsted. A little poking around Ravelry finds that plenty of people agree with me about 220 in general being VERY lean for a worsted.
Needles: I used my favorite #6 bamboo circ, and then switched to the cramp-making 9″ #6 Hiya Hiya bamboo circ. There’s just no way. I know some people are switching to 9″ circs for socks, and the only way it would work for me is if I used two of ’em in the “two circs” style. I already know that’s not my favorite method just because I tend to have stitches sliding off needles when I careless set a project down to let the dogs in and out or whatever, so if someone else wants to try this arthritis-maker, speak up and I’ll drop it in the mail to you.
Little sidenote here for the non-knitters. THAT is the beauty of knitting. If one method or type of needle doesn’t work for you, you have options, and lots of them.
Verdict: I doubt this will be my last Rib-a-Roni, and 220 Superwash is too soft to hold the gauge problem against it forever. Dae likes his hat, so all is well.
Be sure to check in on Thursday. DIVA has granted permission for me to share some photos of her in her mostly healed state. I’ll also share a special Vera Bradley purchase on this blog, and yes, it does relate to Dogs on Thursday!