I’m back. I have been doing lots and lots of knitting, I just haven’t been talking about it. Lately I have been on a hat making craze. It was kicked off when I took a class at The Little Knittery in making a reversible hat called The Knit 1 Lid designed by Karen Clements of Knit 1 LA. Karen is a genius. Her design calls for 2-sided stockinette, but I was inspired to mess with a good thing, and do one side in stockinette and the other in a lace pattern. The photo (above) shows the Lid I made for myself out of a green kettle dyed wool from Uruguay called Rio De La Plata and black Patons Classic Wool (boring, but so practical). You can see the black lace side with the green side peeking through in the photo (left). The pattern I used in this case is based on KnitPick’s Georgian Lace Cap. The trick is to use a lace with the same stitch count as the stockinette side so that the two sides match up when tucked into each other. I like knitting this hat and I also like wearing it a lot. That rarely happens to me to be honest! I’ve also knit this hat for a friend’s birthday gift in orange yarns and a different lace pattern. In both cases the slight bell-like shape to this hat is very pretty.
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My friend Sidney seems to be getting her craft on these days. Last weekend she asked for info on a crochet sun hat. She was thinking raffia, but most patterns seem to specify cotton. Here are some FREE hat patterns that looked good to me: the Fast & Easy Summer Hat by PippaW on Cloudy Crochet, this one and this one from Drops, Craftination’s Crossed Bucket Hat, and the adorably wacky Crochet Can Hat designed by Jacqueline van Dillen for Knit.1 magazine (left). The addition of cans just says, “Summer,” don’t you think?
It’s coming. Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. I’m sure there are millions of ways to celebrate this romantic day (or not). Some of the very best ideas are probably not knitting, and better covered at somebody else’s blog. However, I’m going to offer up the idea of making knitted heart motif gifts as a way to let your sweetheart know you think they are someone special. Lion Brand has a bunch of ideas, like the Winged Heart Pillows (how about that photo, left?), the Hearts on a String Mittens and the Hat With Heart Earflaps or the Heart Bag. I’m not sure at all about their pattern for the Sweet Heart Frame in Fun Fur. The Knit1 Magazine Blog posts on a more anatomically correct heart here. Craftzine features artist Ben Cuevas’ Knitted Heart and Birdface has a sweet heart pin and pattern here. OK, maybe the heart thing is kinda cliche. How about taking after this couple: Their advice after 11 years of marriage and a 101 Days of Sex marathon: Just Do It!
A couple of weeks ago I posted about Karen Clements Schmidt’s amazing giveaway that marks the closing of her much loved LYS, Knit 1 Chicago. She’ll be relocating to Los Angeles, and devoting more time to her knit and crochet designs (yeah!). To go out with a bang, she is liquidating her store’s stock in a very cool way. Buy one of her patterns, and you’ll be entered to win one of 60 goodie bags filled with over $550 worth of premium products. (Read more here.) The news this week is that she’s added crochet, like the Magnum Capelet #4 (above), and a few more knit patterns, even some for baby. Buys patterns on Ravelry (Kclem) or via her website.
The rules of this giveaway may be changing based on some new information. Please stay tuned for more details from Karen and check the Knit 1 website for updates.
Designer Karen Clements Schmidt (kclem on Ravelry) is closing her lovely Chicago LYS, Knit 1. Instead of it being a sad occasion, and having the inevitable massive fire sale of her stock, Clements Schmidt has decided to have some fun as she transitions from one phase of her life to the next. By purchasing one of her amazing patterns, like the Magnum Reversible Vest/Wrap (above), you’ll be eligible to win a $500 package of high-end goodies from the Knit 1 inventory. There are over 60 packages, and names will be selected randomly during a party at Knit 1 on Valentine’s Day (2/14/10). Every time you buy one of these $10 patterns, you’re entered to win. Buy 5 patterns, get one free! Purchases can be made from the Knit 1 website or via Ravelry .