Hat for Kristie

I started this hat with really no one in mind. I used sons fabulously soft wool and knew that it would be a great gift no matter who I decided to give it to. Heck, I almost kept it myself.

The pattern was super fun and it knitted up quite nicely. I am beginning to have quite the collection of Addi Turbo Needles and it is so nice to find a pattern, then be able to grab yarn and the needles right out of my room. I don’t even have to go shop.

Although when you throw in a needle every time you shop from Amazon, they add up quickly. Let’s just say Amazon.com is my greatest friend. When you live an hour and a half from the nearest Walmart and even further from a good yarn store, you begin to order everything you can online. I can have it delivered free and I don’t even have to get outside.

Anyway, Kristie tried on several hats that I had made over Christmas, but this one looked really good on her. I thought the green went wonderfully with her eyes and her hair. Hopefully she agrees and will wear it when it gets cold. Here at our place we wear hats everyday. If it’s not to keep the cold out. It’s to keep the wind out. So making hats is not only fun, but functional and we love them.

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Bucking Horse Hat

Well I started this simple beanie hat yesterday for my husband. It was to be a simple hat that he could wear out to feed or whatever he needed. I found a bucking horse to put on it.

After I got started I had a feeling it was going to be more like a slouch hat.

Well it just grew and grew. Kinda like my soups. I am going to try again with a tighter pattern and smaller needles. My daughter ended up with a pretty cute slouch hat. At least she likes it.

In our Wyoming wind and weather a hat will never go in used. Tomorrow I am going to try again.

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Hat in A Day!!

I am fairly new to knitting as you are well aware. However I love the challenges it gives me. Since retiring from teaching and working on the ranch, sometimes I crave the challenges to keep my brain active. Let’s face it, when my brain is idle, bad things tend to happen. Ideas spring up for all kinds of things.

I found this simple fair isle snowflake hat. For my first fair isle, I felt like I did pretty good. I did find out that I do need to go up a needle size when I do the color work so that it doesn’t get tight. I will do that next time.

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Down the Road We Went

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Every fall I pack my bags and head home to Tennessee to visit my parents and the rest of my family. You see I am the only one in several generations to move more than an hour away. I moved across the country. Which might as well be across the world to my family. However in the fall I go home ALONE! You may think well that’s weird, but I leave my kids, the fabulous grandkids at home to attend school and allow them and their busy schedules to mix with my husband. It is a lovely experience for them trust me. I on the other hand get to spend uninterrupted time with my mom and dad. It is fabulous.

Well mom and I have become quite the knitters. She picked up her needles after close to a 50 year hiatus last November on our girls trip and I started this past July. She is a little deeper into it than me mostly because she lives so close to yarn stores and knitting classes that she is always doing something. For me Ravelry and You Tube are my closest friends.

Now to say we are excited about yarn is an understatement. We love it like a baby seeing the bottle headed his way. The excitement that emerges right when we walk into a new yarn store, is like nothing you can compare. The rush of colors and textures. Well it’s enough to cause at least small heart palpitations! It is just so fun.

Now we have yarn at home. We have yarn in bags we take with us everywhere. We have projects started and projects almost finished and finished projects. However the excitement of finding a new more beautiful yarn is exhilarating.

I am beginning to think we are moving toward yarn hoarders from simple yarn collectors. Mom however is so organized I could vomit. She puts her skeins of yarn with the chosen pattern into ziplock bags so she is ready for her next project to start. I mean she buys yarn with a project in mind. Crazy! My yarn stash looks like a store. I think I could actually open one. I have no idea what I am making. I just like yarn and I buy a skein or two. The majority of my projects are hats. (Well we live in Wyoming on a ranch. We work outside everyday. The kids have recess at school unless it is below zero, so a multitude of hats, scarfs, and cowls is essential. Well I can justify it anyway.) With making hats I only need one skein, so I’m okay with my stash. If I start making big things well I will be in trouble, but for now I’m good. I can usually find a fun hat pattern and then look for the yarn in my ever growing plethora of spun wool. I love wool. It is so soft and warm and I love sheep. Therefore I love sheep ranchers and I need to support them and buy more wool! Wow see how that all just worked out. I should buy some wool yarn today.

Well if you are a yarn shopper as I am. You have heard of a yarn crawl. Yes, YARN CRAWL! It is a fabulous little idea where yarn stores team up at certain times if the year and give away prizes. You travel to each store on the list collecting a stamp from each one and your name goes in for drawings. Sound Fun? Well it is! Wish we had one in Wyoming. I would do it like every month! I would be so broke I would have to go work for the sheep ranchers so I could buy more. Anyway when I went home it was already over.

Mom and I cleared up our disappointment like big girls and did what only grown ups do. We made our own! That’s right. We traveled all around East Tennessee and western North Carolina visiting so many yarn stores. We had a blast. I drove and mom finished so many of her projects I almost demanded a switch. But, she does have more projects started and I hate unfinished projects. I will say we saw some of the best stores ever and met some of the nicest people.

My mom works midnights at a hospital, so you can imagine that when she is off work she doesn’t exactly go to bed early. After a long day of driving and shopping, we would come home, unload our purchases and knit! Yes knit! I spent more time on Ravelry than I knitted, but it was productive. We would knit until around 2 or 3 am and then turn in. My dad would also stay up reloading bullets. He was our supper in the middle of the night guy. It had been years since I had Taco Bell at midnight.

My trip came to an end and I returned to ranch life and my knitting has slowed down due to cattle work. Mom however has taken several more classes and finished a few more projects. Next time I think we should hire a driver so we can both knit as we travel. That would is a splendid idea and down the road we would go just as happy as can be
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Obsessive? Maybe…

You know when you start out to learn something new and you plan to just dabble in it a little. You in no way plan to become obsessed or purchase any and all things associated with this said hobby.  I mean you plan to just find something to fill those few moments in time when you have time to learn. It’s good for the brain,  right?!

In the fall of 2012 I decided to learn to crochet. My good friend Mandy, (the one that knows how to do everything!), crochets all the time. She whips out these cute little blankets, outfits, hats, etc, etc, etc,.. Yeah, Yeah she is one of those.  Well I was just entering the first fall of my teaching hiatus.  I needed to learn something. I needed to grow my mind! I needed to not be still.  So with that eager yearning to learn I decided to you tube how to crochet.  I immediately learned to chain, then to single crochet. I was so proud.  Then Mandy informed me of a thing called double crochet. Mastered it!!

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This is a small, small, like only 1/16 of my yarn stash. I had just finished winding it all up. Well with the aid of the new gadget. LOL

Well with crochet comes the dreaded trip to the nearest yarn store.  I dreaded it. I mean piles of yarn. That can’t be as fun as a fabric store.  Well HOLD EVERYTHING! Have you seen these yarns? Have you felt the yarns that they make? There are so many choices of fiber, color, how it’s dyed, weight, and companies.  How does a semi sane person choose? It’s hard and then you grab as many as you possibly can. I like to buy any that I feel are beautiful or soft or pretty, or just because.  So yes, I buy anything that grabs my eye. I literally mean anything!

I perfected my crochet for awhile. I really liked learning to make new things with crochet. It is fun. I was feeling pretty confident. I was now able to read patterns and knew most stitches. Mandy and I would have our crochet time. It is a special bond between master and apprentice.

My mom and I went on our girls trip last fall. On this trip I reintroduced my mom to yarn stores and knitting.  She had been on a break for about 50 years and was willing to start again.  As my mom learned more and more. It became apparent.  I was holding a secret. It was bubbling to the surface at every chance. In the yarn stores I would see knitted patterns and people knitting.  I longed to learn to knit. It was so pretty and soft and the stitches looked so sophisticated and fun.  Don’t get me wrong I love crochet and love how it looked. However I really like the look of knit on certain things better than crochet. It just looks nicer to me. But it has to be so hard. My cousin’s wife Jennifer, (the master of things at home in TN), was a great knitter. She was eagerly pulling me to learn.

As I longed to learn I visited yarn stores wherever I was or when I had time. Then I found a company called YarnBox! I ran across this site on Facebook. Can you believe they have a yarn delivery service!! Oh My!! Now once a month I receive 2-3 skeins of fabulous yarn along with patterns.  It is the most amazing thing ever.

I may or may not have a small obsession with yarn. My office is slowly being taken over by yarn and yarn contraptions.  I mean I can not simply ball my yarn, when there is a fabulous tool for that. I purchased the necessary tools to make yarn cakes. Oh the fun!!

I always have lots of help with my new gadgets.
I always have lots of help with my new gadgets.

As I learn more about knitting, I am stocking up on more and more yarn. At some point I should probably open a store. I mean how in the world will I use up all this yarn. But to actually get rid of this would be impossible. My only option is to knit and crochet faster and use up my stash.

On Friday I am off to learn to Fair Isle Knit in Nebraska.  So the adventure continues. I think that there will be yarn to buy at the Fiber Fair!!!

 

Attempt One and going!

I have decided to learn to knit. I love crochet and feel pretty confident with it, but i want to be able to knit. I visited two amazing yarn stores in Laramie over the past several days while my daughter was attending their volleyball camp. during these visits it juzt became so clear that I need more to do and shoukd therefore take up the challenge of teaching myself to knit. I left the Cowgirl Yarn store armed with a skein of yarn, a pattern, and some needles. I have watched several videos online and so far feel pretty good with my progress. Hopefully soon I will have a finished hat.

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Well things are progressing nicely with this hat. I have a few holes from dropping a stitch and doing some weird thing. However ripping down to that and fixing it as my mother suggested is DEFINITELY not going to happen.  What happens in the knitting stays in the knitting in my book.   So I keep going. I have lost the pattern and will be calling the Cowgirl Yarn store ASAP today.

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We’ll I am finished! It came along pretty quick and I really enjoyed the knitting. I guess now I have to begin a new hat.

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