The vacation, part 3: the knitting.

Did I knit while we were on vacation? Why, yes! Yes, I did. Thanks for asking.

You may remember I planned to knit a Noro striped sweater during the month we were gone.

Didn't happen. Never even took that particular knitting bag out of its cubby in the van. Starting that sweater was contingent upon finishing the multicolor striped raglan that I had been working on since February. When we left home, that (top-down) sweater had a yoke, both sleeves, and three or four inches of the body. I kept slogging plugging
knitting on it all during our trip. Here it is today, rather rumpled from having been stuffed into a traveling knitting bag for the month of June and most of July.


It's nearly done, isn't it? Maybe getting it out of its bag and seeing how close I am will inspire me…

I had started a pair of socks as my carry-along knitting before we left, but I was not enjoying them. The Knit Picks Felici sock yarn, while lovely soft and in nice colors, was also loosely plied and therefore splitty. There was progress made on the socks, but it was s-l-o-w.

They are now [finally!] finished, however.


Somehow, even though I knit them on the same number of stitches (60) and the same size needle (US#0) as always, they don't fit well. See how the end of the toes sticks out from the end of my foot? That is because it is too narrow. Such nonsense is probably the result of my not liking the yarn; disgust made me knit tighter.


If I didn't knit the Noro sweater, and I didn't finish the socks, and I worked on but didn't finish the raglan, what DID I knit?

Baby hats for the PIH hospital in Rwanda! At the last minute I threw my baby hat knitting bag (it's where I keep all the yarn that is good for baby hats) into the van. Good thing I did; otherwise I might have had to finish the sweater and socks. As Dale-Harriet once said, Baby hats are like potato chips. You can't do just one.

My soon-to-be-fifth-grade neighbor helped me do the photo shoot.

L and hats

She was so cute.


L tooth

Then I showed her my iTouch and the knitting was forgotten.

L itouch 

Let's examine those hats in detail, shall we? They are being modeled by my trusty ostrich egg sitting in its base of brass and wart hog tusks. (How fitting for hats that will travel to Africa!)

This first five were all done on a US#3 circ from one skein of Socks That Rock heavyweight, colorway Gay Pride. The striping and pooling are different because the hats are worked on different numbers of stitches, from 56 to 68. Babies come in different sizes, so I figured their heads do, too.

Hat 1 Hat 2  Hat 3 Hat 4 Hat 5

Hat 6
I had a few yards of the STR leftover so I combined it with some green Valley Superwash DK for the hat at the left, once again on a US#3 circ.

I decided before I started the hats that I would not put a cuff on any of the wool ones, hoping to stretch this skein of STR to seven or eight hats. Didn't work. .




This next group were all knit from Knit Picks Shine Sport in River (blue) and Cherry (red, discontinued) on a US#3 circ.

Hat 7a Hat 7b Hat 8 Hat 16a Hat 16b 

The second photo shows the slanting jog that results from a new-to-me way of changing colors. (The jog looks a lot better in the socks in the link than in my hat; I don't think there is ANY way to make jogless two-row stripes.) The fourth and fifth photos are of a hat I made to experiment with the knit-one-below stitch (more on that in another post).

Next, three hats from Knit Picks Shine Worsted, knitted on a US#5.
Hat 9 Hat 10 Hat 11
Yup, I was using up the last of that particular yarn in the last hat. How can you tell?

The last few.
Hat 12 Hat 13 Hat 14 Hat 15

The first is more KP Shine Sport, this time in Willow and with some one-row stripes of a fuzzy novelty yarn. I got from lisa. The second is Cleckheaton 8-ply County Check superwash wool  worsted (discontinued) left over from knitting mittens a couple years ago. Third is KP Comfy in Honeydew, combined with KP Shine worsted in the fourth. That last hat is my favorite of them all.

And that is what I knit on my summer vacation.

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0 Responses to The vacation, part 3: the knitting.

  1. CindyG says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of hats! And they are all adorable. Hope you do post more about the k1 below bonnets. I want to know more about the construction.
    The striped raglan is looking great.

  2. marianne says:

    That’s an amazing number of hats and they’re all pretty fabulous! Loving the little bonnet type knit one below. Your little neighbour is a beauty, such a fun age. Love your striped raglan, great colours!

  3. Diane says:

    Cute, cute, cute! The hats and the neighbor. Loving the striped pullover, I’m so impressed with making stripes because I hate doing it. Don’t mind Fair Isle at all, but striping gets me aggravated. Go figure.

  4. Vicki says:

    Hey, you almost have a finished sweater there!!!

  5. marylou says:

    Cute kid. My nephew was on my itouch in the same way. Just started 5th grade, and he showed me a few tricks.

  6. Kym says:

    I used to teach 5th grade. Wonderful age! Love the hats. They look like good “potato chip” knitting. . . one is never enough. You really are almost finished with your striped sweater! Think how wonderful it will be – finished and ready to wear – when the cool winds blow.

  7. soxanne says:

    I know you can finish that sweater … love the hats.

  8. Heather says:

    Wowzers. That is a lot of knitting! I lurv the sweater – and I’m dying to see it turned inside out. Pretty please?

  9. Big Alice says:

    Wow. I bow to your knitting & finishing prowess.

  10. Cookie says:

    You’ve been so busy! The sweater and hats are lovely, and I’m so glad you showed your adorable neighbor the hats first. ;^)

  11. gayle says:

    Does the red stripe at the bottom of the sweater signal the last stripe before the cuff/hem? Finish line!
    Love all the hats. Puts me in mind of “Stacks of Caps” – a book I read an infinite number of times to my daughters when they were small. Watch out for marauding monkeys!

  12. Carrie K says:

    Wow, that’s a nice output of hats! I do love those socks though.

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