My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


This and That and Also a Hat

I am past the two-thirds mark on my shawl, as I am well into the third and last skein of yarn. I am loving how this looks!


I decided to start a hat for commuter knitting, so I cast on Birka.


You start by knitting a hat band, then join and pick up stitches around the top for the crown of the hat.

I recently got my greedy little paws on some Woolfolk FÅR yarn, so that’s what I’m using. I’ve used Woolfolk Tynd for a couple of projects, the most recent being my Sanquhar Cowl. That’s fingering weight. FÅR is worsted weight and has an intriguing chained construction.


It feels just as fabulous as Tynd does and is lovely to knit.

Loki sez:


“I love you this much!”


  1. If only Loki could learn to relax. He’s so tense!

  2. Your hat and shawl are both coming along nicely. I especially like your shawl colors. It is so fun to watch your progress. Loki looks so relaxed! Love your cat.

  3. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Oh I love those colours in your shawl! And the hat band looks so pretty. Ahh but Loki still steels my heart every time I see him. Hope youhad a great birthday!

  4. Linda Broglan says:

    Lovely little hat, and I wondered does the band have any give or stretch to it? My mom has a large head although it doesn’t look large, and needs probably 23-24″ stretch. Measuring it doesn’t even seem to help…I know crazy!
    I did buy one that stretches well but still slips up off her head because she tends to “push them up out of her eyes” yet she wants her ears covered, so that would be why they don’t fit like she wants…did I mention she is 83 1/2?

  5. Midnite Baker says:

    Love working with chained yarn. I have started and restarted a vest using this type of yarn. The restart is because I thought I needed a size bigger. I got the back mostly done, then figured out I needed to go down a size. Still haven’t finished it. Maybe, someday. My yarn has 2 strands of a medium purple and 1 strand pink, crocheted together to make a chain, but mine is on the airy side compared to yours. I’m stuck at the V neck, as the instructions state to make 3 out of 1 stitch and I get a hole every time. So, until I can find a way to do this without the hole, it will collect dust. Back to your knitting, love the definition of your stitches using the chained yarn. Is the yarn for the cap chained too? As for Loki, I have never had a cat sleep on their back like Loki. You had a B-day?? Belated Happy Birthday to you. Will put this on my calender for next year. M

  6. Interesting idea for hat construction. Loki: I love YOU this much, and more!
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  7. We could all take a page from Loki’s book, and just chillax. The shawl colors are stunning, in a lovely way. I keep thinking I need to knit more hats; maybe this one?
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  8. Love the hat and concept…can’t wait to see it and maybe pattern too?

  9. Love the hat. The yarn is interesting. Loki just makes me smile. What a cool little fella.
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  10. That is the BEST way of making a hat — and also a sweater. Makes it literally gauge-free. I’m serious. Cast on and make a cabled band, or any long strip of interesting knitted fabric anywhere between 6″ and 8″ wide. Graft the ends together when it goes around your chest.

    Pick up stitches along the top edge and make a yoke. You don’t even need ot worry about gauge on this — just knit up for about 3-4″ to the bottom edge of the armhole, then go back and forth for the back yoke until you hit the neck edge. There’s your gauge patch. Now, use that to make the front yoke with the neckhole.

    Pick up stitches along the bottom edge and make a peplum.

    Boom. DONE. A whole sweater — no gauge patch, no pattern, no sweat.

    Side-to-side patterns ROCK for this reason. My whole yarny life is devoted to finding sneaky ways to jerry-rig patterns to avoid knitting gauge patches and still have things fit.

  11. Is that Loki “comfortable in his own skin” or what?! Love the colors for the shawl. Have a great weekend. Bess
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  12. The colors of your shawl are beautiful, like a lovely fall day. What a great idea to knit an interesting band for the hat and then picking up for the crown. I may have to try that!

  13. I really love how a hat with a brim like that fits. It hugs your ears nicely.

    Molly : )
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  14. Oh my goodness that cat.