Hear ye, hear ye! Here beginneth Ye Holy-Daye Craftes!
Because I am both insane and (apparently) a glutton for punishment, I’ve decided that M., J., and Mitu* get colorwork hats for Ye Holy-Dayes this year. First off the needles is the Gotta Get a Nut Hat by Holly Marie, knit in KP Chroma in New England (discontinued colorway; so glad I got some before it was gone!) and Bittersweet.
Adorable squirrels and acorns are perfect for J., and I think I managed to locate the Chroma well in relation to the Fair Isle motifs. And my stitches were pretty even, even before blocking, which tells me that maybe I can do this colorwork thing after all.
The hat flew by – it only took two days**, including some serious stress-knitting during the presidential debate. Which is why the top is shaped a little funny; I was knitting at a tighter gauge…
But I had tons of yarn left over, so I thought: “Hey, you know what this crazy stranded-knitted-gifts-for-everbody needs? MORE STRANDED-KNITTED-THINGS! And as a bonus, why don’t we improvise the pattern, AND do a bastardized form of intarsia in the round rather than stranding!”
…so then these happened. I made up to mitt pattern as I went (not exactly hard; ribbing, increase a little, BO the thumb) and used the acorn chart from the hat. Of course the mitts were knit in the round on DPNs (squirrely as all hell – no pun intended) but I didn’t want to carry long floats of the CC around the hand. So I decided to do the acorn motif in intarsia, which should be done flat. Because of course I did. Fortunately I can knit backwards, so I was sort of able to fake my way through it. They’re not perfect (and noticeably non-identical), but not bad considering the general insanity of the undertaking.
These two projects were also my first adventures in blocking, and were both a success! Blocking especially helped even out some of the lumpiness in the mitts. Admittedly, there’s not much to blocking a hat or a pair of mitts, but at least it gave me the confidence to (finally!) try blocking the scarves I knitted for my mother and grandmother for Ye Holy-Dayes of last year.
Fear not, there are many more Holy-Daye Crafte adventures to come! For here we be nuts. And squirrels. See what I did there? Just wait till we get to the telepathic snake monster!***
*Shh! Don’t tell! It’s a secret! Which I am magically keeping from the only regular reader of my blog!
**Yes, I know I’m a slow knitter. But I’m a lot faster than I used to be…