Knitting Dusk

Ironically, I somehow started typing “Knitting Su…”  I can only assume “sucks” was coming out of my brain/fingers.  Crazy!!

After quite a long hiatus, we have a finished object.  May I present the Dusk Cotton Hat!


That’s the only photo you get because the hat is going to a chemo patient, and while I love having Sissy and flower pots model most things, I don’t play around with gifts for those with compromised immune systems.  In prayer shawl fashion, I knitted as much peace, hope and good wishes into that hat as possible.

Pattern:  Short-Rows Wavy Hat (non-Ravelry link so all can see) is knitted flat (note the kitchener ridge on the far left in my photo).   Normally, I avoid seams like the plague, but I loved this textured pattern and wanted to give it a try.  It was an easy to memorize pattern that traveled well.

Yarn:  I am in love with Universal Cotton Supreme.  It is so soft, and knitted flat on larger needles, it didn’t bother my hands at all.  The colorway was called Dusk.  I have a few more skeins of this in my stash, and believe me, it’s going to be the first cotton I reach for. 

Needles:  The flat part was knitted on #9s.  The tippy-top was finished off with #8 dpns.

Verdict:  I’d like to do this in a self-striping yarn.  It’s a GREAT little pattern… so great that the very long 30-some stitch kitchener didn’t upset me.

January 2011 009I’m still picking up the Argosy baby blanket.  It’s well past halfway, but it’s tedious.  I need to finish it by mid-May so I can give it to the mama before the baby goes to pre-school next time I see her.   Since I now know it’s a girl, I’ll be adding a pretty PANK single-crochet border and embroidering the same PANK flowers on some of the squares. 

Maybe.  Time is of the essence.  Hem.  Luckily, crochet is fast.

I’m getting ready to finish a garter scarf, and then I’m going to test knit some socks for gMarie so she’ll formally write up the pattern for the whole world to enjoy.  I’m not sure who is motivating whom here, but that’s where the phrase mutually beneficial comes from, no?

What are you working on?  Don’t tell me you don’t knit.  Most of you read, bake, sew or SOMETHING!!

Oh – and all yarn in these photos came from Dog House Yarns & More.   Yes, I am affiliated with said store, so let me know when you’re going to be there.

18 comments on “Knitting Dusk

  1. Nichole says:

    Yay for a FO… and charity item! 🙂 I’ve found myself picking up the needles once again too… so maybe we can help each other thru. I was knitting on a pair of Magic Baby Slippers Sunday night… and before that, working on my nephews (now-to-be-Christmas-gift) hat.

  2. AlisonHyde says:

    Oh, that’s a beautiful hat, and SUCH a cool pattern! I like your version the best. Love it!

  3. StarSpry says:

    Great FO! And a wonderful cause, too 🙂 I’m working on the Austin Hoodie for me and the Airy Scarf for a friend. I also want to knit a cupcake for a friend’s birthday later this month. Yay for Knit Night tonight 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    Nice hat! I have finished one baby blanket (8hr one in pale aqua) and contemplating another though I am with you on baby blankets…8 hrs notwithstanding. A tad tedious. Also have the back, sides and one sleeve completed to a baby cardigan, Sublime Rose Cardigan Making it in red (none of those pale shades) in Comfort DK (cotton). A bit of a splity yarn, but it was in the stash. Not enthusiastic, just plodding along for a few minutes each night before bed. Two pregnant colleagues due the same week.

  5. lucky you to be truly affiliated with a yarn store!!! thats the bomb!!!

  6. Sue says:

    I have an FO to show if I can only remember to post about it. Right now I’m cross stitching some gifts, but I’m itching to start knitting again.

  7. Katie says:

    yay! finished objects!!! maybe i’ll sew some buttons onto things or do some blocking… the hat is lovely. the colour is very pretty and very wearable. i’m sure it will be appreciated.
    and the blankie looks darling. i can’t wait to see it complete with flowers.

  8. Marjie says:

    Nice hat; I’m sure the love knitted into it will not go unnoticed. And cheers to you for getting the baby blanket finished before the little girl goes to preschool! (She may well drag it around that long anyway.)

  9. Amy Darsie says:

    You are a saint for knitting a baby blanket. I did that once and the only other time I will probably do it is when I have my own baby. They take forever!

    Love the chemo hat!

  10. Mr. Puffy says:

    I love that hat! I think the solid color was a good choice as it will go with everything and be practical.

    I’m sure that blankie will be done well before pre-school 🙂

    I’m working on “work”….. trial is set to go tomorrow and I have no business playing around on blogs – LOL

  11. Kristyn says:

    I’m trying to finish up a baby sweater for the director of my department. She is going to pop any day now so I need to get moving.

  12. Sweet! Glad you found a cotton you get along with, too. Working on? My sanity! I haven’t picked up the needles since the shawl came off them, though, technically, I’m doing socks for the very first IrishGirlieKnits group KAL. I need to frog and start over with new yarn…maybe tomorrow?

  13. gMarie says:

    Now that I have time to actually look at the photos and do more than glance at the text – well that hat is lovely. I love how the direction of the stitches change – and I don’t see a lump, bump or any other visible notice of your kitchenering.

    the blankie will be fabulous with a bright pink edging.

    what am I doing? Makeing wardrobe orphans. Yesterday I made a new denim button front skirt – I don’t have anything to wear with it. Then I cut out a green skirt that will go with a twin set I recently finished. I have a pair of socks on the needles and am close to being done with the Sweet Pea Cardigan. g

  14. Blond Duck says:

    I wish I could knit or sew!

  15. Barbara says:

    Love that hat, Chan. And as soft as it is, it will be perfect for a young chemo patient. Kudos to you, my friend!

    And I’m loving that sweet baby blanket.

  16. Jessica says:

    After a loooong hiatus, i picked up my knitting yesterday, and went to work again on J’s sweater. It is an Aran pullover, knit with berocco Peruvia quick, and i think it is on 11’s? Makes for fast knitting, i love it..especially for a sweater!

  17. Bubblesknits says:

    Cool hat! I’m sure it will be very much appreciated. I’ve been working on my Mitered Crosses squares. It’s exactly what I need right now. : )

  18. Dianne says:

    Cute hat, and I love that blanket! I’ll have to add it to my queue!

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