Friday, November 21, 2014

Finished Hat

I finally finished my first cabling project last night. It is for Katherine. 

Her hair!!

Honestly, I was hoping it would be adult sized, haha. I find it amusing that I can cable, but still can barely determine what size it will be when finished. Gauging is still a mystery for me even though I have read about how to do it. 

I highly recommend this pattern. Remember, I only learned how to knit about two months ago. Seriously, cabling looks hard, but it really isn't. 

Cell phone photo!

I took my friend's advice and made the chart color coded. It made a world of difference.

My camera's settings still mystify me. This hat is really the purple color as shown in the other pictures. 

The design is so lovely. I will definitely try this pattern again. I made lots of mistakes that are hard to see in the photos, but believe me, they are there!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My first Yarn Along

Hooray! I have often wished that I participated in Yarn Alongs. Sadly, though I have been knitting quite  a lot over the last few weeks, alas, I have not been reading much of anything. I recently read about an interesting book from a couple of sources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I think the long title is ironic since the book is about living clutter-free. Hmm.

Any who, I have just started reading it and like it a lot. The author uses an interesting method for determining what to keep and what to throw out: Does this item give me joy? Obviously, there are some things that fall out of this category, but when you really think of it- even a broom- can cause joy (I get happy AFTER I have swept and the floor is clean. Does it give joy to have more socks than what is needed and have a jammed drawer in the process? Probably not. In addition, I think we must be careful not to live for the sake of pure happiness, but, still- it makes a good point. The book also points out that most people are happier when their lives are freed from too much stuff.

And what have I been making? I am on my first cabling project now. It is a hat by Brooklyn Tweed. I was surprised at how simple cabling really can be. It made a huge difference getting a pattern that was written in plain English rather than being needlessly abbreviated. Here is the Ravelry link if you are into this sort of thing.

As you can see, my cables are not perfect! Still, it is a great learning project.

*I used an affiliate Amazon book for the link. I swear, I did not make this post for that purpose. I just thought of it while I was writing and decided to add it since I can.
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