Unraveled Wednesday, 1/17/18.


Joining Kat and friends for Unraveling.

I am finding the Stitch hat to be impossibly much more difficult challenging than I expected. I mean, how could a hat on US#0s that has both intarsia and stranded colorwork be impossible so freakin’ hard challenging?

Yeah, I totally mis-called that one.

Every time I sit myself down to work on the hat, Self rebels against it, and I pick up something else. So far I have completed the half-inch of ribbing and about three rows of the the hat body in the past month. Yeah, that kind of progress was definitely gonna get that hat finished in time for Christmas.

Remember all that ambitious nonsense about dying the yarn to get the exact colors of the cartoon character? It didn’t happen. While putting away numerous balls of yarn strewn about my craft/laundry room after finishing the mitered square afghan, I realized that I already have all the colors I need. What really triggered it was seeing many images of Stitch where the colors were slightly varied in tone and saturation. White, lavender, and three shades of blue, yes; but not always the exact ones. I had yarns in my stash that reasonably duplicated the appropriate colors; no need for dyeing. That was a load off my plate.

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I did a little visible mending on Ser Percy’s sweater where his lethal toenails had ripped it. (Terrible iPhone photo taken under artificial light: a primer on how NOT to take a photo.)

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When a project — the Stitch hat, for example — isn’t going well, what does the frustrated knitter do? She casts on another hat, of course. This one is actually almost done. I am double-stranding four different colorways of Knit Picks Felici, and the cast-on was some unidentifiable solid purple sock yarn. I plan to work the last half-inch or so in that same purple.

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Edited to add: The anti-tRump wave continues! Our Dem candidate won in a special election yesterday for our state Senate seat. ::fist pump::

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10 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 1/17/18.

  1. Kym says:

    Sometimes projects just aren’t as FUN as we imagine! Knitting shouldn’t be a chore. Perhaps a different hat would be just as nice??? Maybe with a purchased Stitch appliqué? Or a button? Because life is too short to knit things that are miserable. XO
    AND HURRAY for that excellent news about your special election!!! Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  2. Kat says:

    I saw those special election results and did the dance of joy! That coupled with Sen. Booker’s awesome oration yesterday, it was indeed a GREAT Day to be a DEM!

  3. readknit says:

    I was happy when our new Democratic governor was sworn in yesterday, proud of Cory Booker and his “amnesia” speech, and am thrilled with your special election results. We just have to keep it going in the right direction (along with knitting both challenging and fun hats)!

  4. =Tamar says:

    A hat on size 0? Better you than me. I don’t even knit socks on size 0. (Never mind that pie-in-the-sky unstarted object.) I did once knit a tiny roughly three-inch-high purse on extremely tiny needles and it had a mixture of intarsia and stranding, and also a sweater in good old US worsted-weight that also had the mix. It can be done. But how old is this QGC? Will the hat be outgrown, or worse, lost? Could it just have Stitch’s head and not the entire body? Then the face could be the entire front of the hat and the ears could be in the right place… in worsted weight, that could be very cute.

  5. Nicole says:

    I can’t imagine knitting ANYTHING on size US0, much less colorwork and intarsia. I have enough trouble with my US1.5 socks.

    Congrats on the special election results!

  6. gayle says:

    Hurray for elections heading in the right direction!
    And duplicate stitch can be your best friend…

  7. Happy Election results!!! Yes. !! yes yes yes.
    As for the hat woes, it just isn’t worth getting dragged down. I only knit fair isle hats because:
    I don’t have to do a pattern perfectly twice. I can ad lib.

  8. Helen says:

    Yea, Wisc. I know my cousin was working hard against the governor’s last election. Now she has something to be glad about.

  9. AJ says:

    It’s amazing how many other things I can get done when I’m avoiding a project!

  10. Karen says:

    Heard the election results today and after clapping in joy, I thought of you. Thanks for your efforts! And thank all the good people in northwestern Wisconsin. My sister lives near Cable. I live in the Fox River Valley.

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