I designed!

Hello internet friends!  I’m enjoying a wintery vacation in Wisconsin and have been knitting loads.  First of all, I made this gigantic owl for my great-niece!  It’s crazy!!

 

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This is the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Soho. This is the third one I’ve made, and I highly recommend it!

Next knitted a cowl with the leftover yarn for my sister-in-law, then I looked for a super bulky cabled hat for myself.  I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked except for a Vicky Howell pattern that was only available with some kind of subscription, so I decided to try to come up with one myself.  I did so, and decided to publish the pattern for free on Ravelry.  Here it is!

<a href=”https://www.ravelry.com/dls/marissa-henry-designs/504583?filename=”>download now</a>

It’s very easy and super fast.  For a larger head, I’d suggest adding about 5 stitches to the stockinette section.

still had yarn left, so I came up with a pattern for a slouchy, bulky hat in stockinette.  Maybe I’ll publish that pattern next.

Happy knitting!

 

Jury Duty knitting

All week I was lucky- my jury group didn’t need to report to duty. But after a super fun mom’s night out last night, I called the jury instructions and was told to come in this morning. 

This morning I scrambled to find something mindless to knit on wooden needles (in case metal were taboo- why didn’t I do my research???).  I grabbed some size 9s and two different yarns on my way out the door. In my ravelry queue I found Barley, a simple hat by tincanknits, and casted on as soon as I sat down. Thank goodness I’d tossed a random ball of cascade 220 into my backpack as well, because the first yarn wasn’t looking good in that pattern. 

Anyway, after a pretty boring morning, I had a great start on this hat, and by the end the day, ta-da!


I have to go back to jury duty on Monday, and I’ll be better prepared, knitting-wise.

P.S. I got new glasses! They’re not too hipster, are they? 😜😳🙄

Provocateur 

A knitting friend convinced me to join a leethalknits hat series KAL. I’d never done anything quite like it, and it sounded fun. The first hat was a mystery, which sounded fun since I’d never done a mystery KAL before. But I got caught up in the crochet hats (deadline crafting comes first!), so I started late. After one frustrating false start, I changed yarn from a dark gray to one that’s easy to see, and which I hope will be less frustrating. 

So far so good! I’ve managed to keep the right stitch count and I can see the pattern emerging.

  
I could have used a completely solid color to showcase the cables better, but I think this will be pretty, and it’s using up yarn from our stash exchange, always a bonus. Wish me luck!

It worked!

For all my struggles with this crochet owl hat, I’m kind of amazed that it turned out well.  Sadly, I can’t insert a photo (what’s up, WordPress???), but here’s a link to the project on Ravelry.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/baby–childs-owl-hat-4

I’ll take better photos in the daylight– the magenta and purple are very pretty but the night lighting doesn’t do them justice.

Now I’m back plugging away the the other crochet hat, which is supposed to be a dinosaur hat if I can pull it off.

Good night!

 

A hat, a sleeve, and Jack London 

Recently I found in my “Hiking in the Bay Area with Kids” book a short hike in the Jack London historic state park. I hadn’t known such a place existed! My husband was as interested as I was (we’d both read London books as children) so we decided to check it out at the next opportunity, which was today!

On the way there and back, I made a non-fussy Magic Coffee Baby hat. I cannot praise this pattern highly enough. If you need a quick, easy, great-fitting, free pattern for a baby hat, look no further!

  
Now, some pics of the park, the ruins of Jack London’s dream house, and the cottage where he lived and wrote books.

  
Wolf House burned down about a month before London and his wife were to move in.    
  

The cottage where London wrote novels and entertained guests.  
 

Apparently he tried raising cacti to feed cattle, unsuccessfully.
  

Back at home, I finished the first sleeve of my French Toast sweater.

  
It fits! I did the “continental purling” that a friend reminded me of. We went to a talk/book signing by Ysolda Teague a few years ago, where she’d mentioned it. Instead of wrapping the yarn as in a normal purl, you wrap it the opposite way. It worked! My purls are neater and much nicer. I’ll be reknitting the hem ribbing this way. 

  

Thank you, blocking!

To be honest, I was worried about the tight fit of my Breaking Waves hat, and thought I might have to give it to the Wee Girl. However, after a wash and blocking it over a bowl, it fits great!

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With the colorwork, you can bet this is a warm hat! I think it’s one of the prettiest things I’ve made, and I love it!