Sunday Knitting

We had another nice snow yesterday.  Snow in March still surprises me given that I rarely saw it in Oklahoma or Texas, but it’s a fairly common occurrence here.  So when David headed out to the store yesterday, he put on his hat that I’d made him about a year and a half ago.

I had made the hat out of Cascade Duo which is a wool/alpaca blend.  It felt really soft and knitted up so pretty.  The problem is that about a year and a half later, it has stretched out a ton and has become really floppy.  Even the ribbing has lost almost all elasticity.  I’m learning a lot about yarn as I learn more about knitting.  This yarn is not ideal for hats.  Is it because of the alpaca?  I’d guess this was the case, but I am not sure.

Here is the old hat in process back in October 2010.  I loved it because the colors were neutral, but still really pretty (handsome?).

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So after realizing, how much the hat had stretched out, David asked me to “whip him up a new hat”.

I checked my yarn stash, and I had some heavy worsted from Knit Picks.  It is called Gloss  and is 70% wool and 30% silk.  I just checked the website, and I can’t find it.  Maybe it’s been discontinued already?  I’m not sure it will hold up for the long term either, but we shall see.  Worst case – I’ll have to knit another hat.  Not so bad!

I’m knitting an easy but fun pattern that I’ve not tried out before.  The ribbing is a 5×5, and then just knitting straight, decreasing and done.

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Picture of hat in snow.  Although, it’s pretty much impossible to tell that this is snow in the background (beyond the general whiteness).

Since it is a bulky weight, it’s knitting up really fast.  It’s a nice yarn to work with too.  I have made two Gaptastic Cowls and test knitted a shawl with this yarn, and I loved it every time!  Although, I don’t know why I’m singing its praises, as it looks to be unavailable now.

Time for some knitting.  Happy Sunday!

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