Another Green Hat

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes concerning my sciatica. I start PT on December 5, which was the earliest possible date: Ain’t American health care grand! At least it is not painful, just numb and sluggish.

Meanwhile, I have finished the second attempt at a dark green skiing hat for my SIL. From my previous post, you may remember that the first was too small.  This time I made the pattern up based upon a knit-in-the-round gauge swatch. Her head is 22″ around, and the hat should be 19.5″ around unstretched. I blocked it over a 21″ inch around bowl (the ribbing hung past the edge and wasn’t really stretched), and it is not tight on my 23.5″ head (yes, I have a strangely large head, and no, it didn’t make me smarter). I believe my exact words to M were, “This one is going to be too *(&$^% big!” He disagrees, and he says she will love it (he is not a stupid man). We’ll see.  As he pointed out, she does have “curly, big” hair, and I have “straight, small” hair.
Teresa's Hat
I was quite pleased with myself for doing the decreases every other round as P2tog to continue the detail of the seed stitch stripes.  And the Wool of the Andes had only one knot in 1.3 skeins, and I was happy to knit with it.  I also liked the subtle monochromatic color changes from the kettle dying.
Teresa's Hat detail

I do hope it fits! That was the last of my Christmas knitting and my 13th FO of 2008. Of those 13 FOs, 5 were for me and 8 for other people. I think this may explain why I don’t have a hat, scarf (that matches my new, smaller coat), and not even a week’s worth of handknit socks. I’m knitting for me for a while! I am almost done with the seaming on MY grey tweed pullover. I finished the knitting and the neckband and then completely forgot about it for 3 or so weeks. And my Malabrigo neckwarmer has become a scarf; it was too confining at neckwarmer length, so since I hadn’t even finished the first of two balls of yarn, I decided to knit it long enough for a scarf.

The sock knitting hasn’t been going very well, but I am retrenching and will discuss that in a later post. But to end on a happy note, I did find this very pretty sock yarn at our local farmer’s market from Fiber Confections. The lady was very nice to talk to. She had several different yarns, the base of this one seems identical to Lorna’s Laces. I don’t think it is from her sheep.
Fiber Confection's Sock Yarn
Fiber Confection sock yarn

Good News-Bad News

Bad News:  I turned 45 on Monday the 10th.  It’s hard to call that early 40s anymore.
Good News:  I had a birthday!  M took me out for a great dinner at a local Greek restaurant, and I got some great stuff too, like a pretty quartz and pyrite mineral from Transylvania to add to my mineral collection. It’s more sparkly in the sun.
Quartz with pyrite from Transylvania
Bad News: I have a pinched sciatic nerve in my left leg that is causing numbness and weakness.
Good News: I have very little actual pain with it, and the doctor thinks physical therapy is all that is needed, plus I can continue yoga.

Bad News: Good golly my hamstrings are sore!
Good News: I started yoga again after an eight year hiatus. I found a great teacher who is fun and smart, and I’m still scarily flexible.

Bad News: The Lucky 7 Hat I knit as a Christmas gift for my SIL will be too small for her.
Good News: The hat turned out well, and it fits Meghan, a grad student in lab who is petite. The hat was not knit in vain; it has a head!
Meghan wearing Lucky 7 Hat
Lucky 7 Hat
Bad News: I have to knit another hat. I hate knitting hats. I especially hate 16-inch circular needles.
Good News: I have 8″-long dpns. I can make up a simple hat pattern good for skiing (must have fold over brim). I knit a gauge swatch and found out the head measurement of my SIL. 96-st around will work fine.
Teresa's hat
Bad News: I didn’t have enough dark green yarn left over to make a second hat. The green matches SIL’s ski jacket.
Good News: I can buy yarn online! Above is Wool of the Andes in Ivy Kettle Hand-dyed. To get free shipping, I “had” to buy enough yarn to knit a sweater for me. Below is Wool of the Andes in Fern.
Wool of the Andes in Fern
Bad News: Some knitters complain that their Wool of the Andes is scratchy and the skeins full of knots.
Good News: Not scratchy to me. One knot in the first skein. Colors seem very good.

Bad News: I could go on and on with this Bad News-Good News thing.
Good News: I’m stopping now.