Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Starting Over: A New Cap

This weekend I had the guilties. I felt guilty for not feeling well, I felt guilty for laying around all day Saturday, and I felt guilty for spending all my stitchy time with knitting and not mixing in some time for crochet.

By the time Sunday rolled around I was feeling much better, and I wanted to make a replacement beanie for my son. You may recall that I shrunk the last one. This time I began with machine-wash-friendly yarn so I was confident there would be no shrinkage opportunities in this beanie's future. I also used a different pattern, which I found recently on Yarn Dharma's blog, called the Surface Braid hat. Once I got the hang of the stitch it worked up nice and fast.

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The yarn I used was Perfection by Kraemer and it's made from 70% acrylic and 30% superwash merino. I had two shades of brown leftover from previous projects, so I just started making the beanie without asking if he wanted a brown one. I figured it would probably be awhile before I found and bought any more Frog Tree Meriboo yarn like what the original beanie was made from, so it was probably best if I knocked the project out with something that was readily available. Plus, he's a fair-colored kid so brown is a complimentary color for him.

The Little Guy claimed to like it and was appreciative of the effort. I think I made it a bit big for his head, even with having him try it on periodically as I stitched it, but I'm not a good judge of how much stretch hats have in them until I get too far into the project. Maybe more experience with hats will help me to become a better judge of this.

It felt so good to crochet something again. I've been diligently working to finish the Orange Sharf project I started over the summer, and I'm determined to complete it before the weather warms up this spring. It's growing but just not as fast as I would like to report.

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I'm excited that today I'm supposed to have a few deliveries on my door step when I get home! I'll share all the details with you in the next podcast episode, so stay tuned!