I did indeed start Caller Herrin’ on Sunday after I posted to my blog. I wound all my lovely Hebridean 2-ply into balls and got started. This is far as I got on Sunday afternoon:
I did the cashmere facing, the corrugated ribbing, and a wee bit of the pattern.
This is not particularly good commuter knitting because I would have to schlep 6 skeins of yarn around with me, so last night I cast on Laura Linneman’s Starving Artist (Ravelry link), a hat knit in a bulky yarn.
I had a bit of difficulty finding a skein of bulky yarn in my stash. Well, I do have some almost-bulky and bulky yarns. For example, I have a bag of Classic Elite Montera and another of Classic Elite Waterspun Weekend. I didn’t want to use either of these because 1. I probably have enough of each for a larger project, and 2. they are both in solid colors and I kind of wanted to use a variegated.
I finally found a single skein of Colinette Skye, in the “Fire” colorway. While it is listed as aran weight, I think it can pass for a bulky. It is a loosely spun 2-ply and looks like it could be knit at a variety of tensions and still make a nice fabric. Here is my hat so far:
I am using a U.S. size 10 needle instead of the called-for size 10.5 because I know I’m a loose knitter. And so far, so good. This is a fun, easy pattern and it’s free! It takes between 100 – 130 yards, depending on how slouchy you want to make it, so that’s a single skein of yarn.
Wait — a hat trick is an achievement based on threes, right?
This is one of the designs I worked up for my Winter of My Discontent pattern collection.I knit this using Dream in Color Classy in the Bermuda Teal colorway:
Laura (designer of Starving Artist) is test-knitting it as well, which is a good thing because she found 2 errors in my charts that I just breezed over while knitting. Here’s Laura’s hat in progress (and I’ve space out on what yarn she is using — hopefully she’ll see this and leave a comment):
That would be a Piddleloop bag at the top of the photo. 🙂
Speaking of test-knitting, Leslie finished the mittens (knit from Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool):
Another shot, just because she’s so darn cute:
In other news, Teddy had a date for Valentine’s Day!
In other other news, Lucy had a birthday yesterday.
“Thank you for all the birthday wishes on my Facebook page!”