Remember my first colorwork hat? I finished it. Even on schedule!
But then I looked at the calendar and wanted to have a little gift for my niece in the mail soon, so instead of moving directly along to that first hat’s soulmate, I took a detour and started a different colorwork pattern. Here’s where I am on the new little-girl hat:
I can hardly believe how long it took me to properly get this one started. At some point during that first hat, I’d started using magic loop, which I found to be a little slow but gave me absolutely no laddering, which is something I’ve never been able to avoid when using multiple double-points. I tried to do that again for this hat, but I could not make magic loop work on the smaller circumference. I started but ripped back to the beginning four times (!). I tried it a fifth time on double-points and still couldn’t get going right. I finally just cast on to ordinary straight needles. I don’t like that I’ll have to seam later, but for Pete’s sake, it was time to make progress.
Of course, when it came time to begin the colorwork, 2-needle stockinette means using purl rows and following the chart in two directions–in other words, an entirely different rhythm than I had in the round with the first hat. So, long story short, though I am pleased with how it’s working so far (this time), this hat is moving much more slowly. But it’s going to be done RIGHT, doggone it.
Meantime, I did finally get both finished crocheted baby blankets washed and ready to give away. In the end I decided not to block because a) they’re machine-care acrylic, so why complicate things, b) I hoped tumble-drying would fluff the slightly thinner yarns in the mix, and c) let’s be honest here–they’re baby blankets, which means machine laundry for sleep-deprived parents, right from the start. I don’t want the blankets to be more crisp and perfectly square when they’re given than they will after they’re used by actual babies.
I’m so happy Tillie’s long-saved baby yarns now have been used instead of sitting around in my closet. I think she and my grandma would both have been pleased with these finishes.
Have a happy weekend, with or without the stitching!
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