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i'm starting the week off right with a new hat to wear around. i'll start by saying this pattern is GREAT! i'm generally not a knit-kit person, but this i can make an exception for. (i'm not 'anti-kit,' but usually i can find cheaper, more individual alternatives which i enjoy more anyway).

the pictures you see here are taken before i blocked it, so there are a few tension issues. i actually had a more difficult time keeping even tension with my stranding this time (it came a bit easier on my mittens). i think this is mostly due to the fact that i was knitting magic-loop method using some really CRAP-tastic needles (aluminum 29" with an abysmal join and an even worse cable (coilly, hard plastic) - bought them way back before i knew the bliss of addi turbos). the needle situation caused for some frustration, but i was too anxious to make the hat and not ready to go out and buy something fancier. i hadn't anticipated going up 2 needle sizes, so i was a bit unprepared.

anyway, i wet blocked it last night and the stitches evened out nicely. these pics will have to do for now though!

Ufserud (Front)

pattern: ufserud bea ellis knitwear
materials: dale of norway 'heilo' in #9155 (MC) and #9834 (CC). inner lining: aurora 'muskat' in color #44
needles: US 4 for lining and US 7 for stranded knitting (using magic loop)
start date: 3/21/06

finish date: 3/26/06

modifications: i did a provisional cast on using crochet chain method and knit about 1 inch of the lining before turning the hem and launching into the stranding section. after shaping the crown, i went back and picked up my provisional live-stitches and knit the lining to the desired height (just under 3 inches). instead of binding off, i left the stitches live and sewed them to the inside. this provides the most elastic liningpossible. also, i had to go up two needle sizes, apparently i knit tightly in fair isle?

Ufserud (Side)Ufserud (Guts)
side view :: inside out
thoughts: i like this hat a lot. its different from any in my collection (and i have many!). its really warm, but not itchy at all (thanks to the egyptian cotton lining). the sizing is practically perfect, which is lucky, because i didn't really get guage precisely, but just kind of went with what felt right (this usually never works). i highly recommend making one yourself!

in other knitterly news, my strategy at tackling my project queue has begun. whats on deck?

1. the urban aran :: i've ordered the yarn and have the pattern and needles at the ready. i'm excited for this one, its been a couple of months since my last sweater, so i'm ready to go.

2. forbes forest :: yarn has been ordered. i'll be using shelridge farms soft touch ultra dk in a chocolate brown. should be arriving in the next couple of days.

3. ganomy v 2.0 :: this one wasn't on my list, but i'm adapting a version of EZ's ganomy hat for a worsted weight yarn. (i want one for myself). i'm in the process of fashioning a prototype... we'll see what happens. i'm using debbie bliss merino aran in taupe.


Thanks for showing us what we all want to see: the inside of the hat! My, what lovely floats you have.
It seems this spring-like weather has given you a boost of energy. 3 projects!

I love the hat. I may need to get one of those kits everyone is ordering.
you know, I never got what the lining was until you showed us the inside pic. Thanks!

You're done already??! It looks great!
I want floats like yours...

Looks great! Seems like you are fast at fair isle. I like to colors you chose, too. And how did those mittens turn out? I don't think you posted finished pics.

You are fearless when it comes to the fair isle. The hat is too cool. If it weren't already getting warm here I would have to run out and make one. I like your idea for keeping the lining stretchy by not casting off. I'll have to remember that technique.

Congrats on your gorgeous hat!!! I think you finished it in record time, too.

The hat looks grat, and it DOES match your blog. But, how are those mittens you started??? Gotta see the cuffs on them.

You should post pictures of yourself more often!

It's awesome that you took the time to do the turned hem nicely. And I definitely look forward to your opinion of Forbes Forest - as I mentioned, my favorite ever (that's saying a lot).

I LOVE that hat, the colors are too cool! Great job.

i love your hat! you have done a freaking stellar job on it! damn damn good. it suits you perfectly.

i can't wait to see how you go on the urban aran. that is such a cool pattern with nice shaping.

I'm not a knit-kit person either. That's a nice hat!

Ufserud is fantastic - I really liked the colors you decided on and the guts are very neat! Great project list too by the way...some of those yarns are making me drool a little.

Fabulous hat. You did a great job. I've found that I routinely (ok, twice) have to go up 2 needles sizes for fair isle - it's caused me much frustration and gauge swatching.

Excellent hat! Great floats, and perfect lining! Amazing what some wet finishing does to improve all knitting. Never leave it out -- ever!!

I loved the mini-sweater! I've tried a few, but I like my mini-socks more.

jared - I love the hat. Beautiful colors. And thanks for the surprise sale link for the Debbie Bliss! That stuff is SO luxurious.

Your Ufserud looks great! Thanks for your comment on my blog, I'm glad to have found yours, too!
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