Off the Needles: Houll Hat!

Sometimes, a project hops on and off the needles faster that I can set up a project page for it on Ravelry, or write about it here! That was certainly the case with the Houll Hat, by Ella Gordon, which I knit during the second half of March. I finished it all off almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy wearing it that I’m only just now getting around to posting about it.

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Off the Needles: Small Things

Hi friends, and happy Friday! Today I have two one skein projects that I finished last month to share with you.  Both feature special yarns and took just one skein.  I love projects that feel like a treat while their being knit — the knitting equivalent of a trip to the spa or a pedicure, if you know what I mean.  And I’m so happy with the finished objects.

So, first up: Melodia, by Janino Kallio (aka Woolenberry), knit in the Knitting Goddess BFL/Masham Sparkle 4-ply.

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Featured Finished Objects: Wood Warbler Cowl and Ruschia Hat

After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October.  September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting.  This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!

What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!  I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!

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Featured FO: Talmadge Cloche

Yesterday evening, just as the last bits of color were fading from the sky, Mr. N and I decided to take advantage of the dry evening and pop out for an evening walk.  Even though it’s only early September, it’s already feeling quite cool in Lancaster (or “fresh” as I’ve noticed the weather reporters are calling it).  Unfortunately, the delivery of our things from the US has been delayed, so I don’t even have a jacket with me at the moment, but as I was about to walk out the door, wrapped up in my Starting Point, it occurred to me that I do have a woolly hat with me — my Talmadge Cloche, which I finished just before we left Los Angeles!  So I popped it on and resolved I’d remember to tell you a bit about it before the weekend was out.

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My new favorite sweater

Usually, I’m pretty happy when I finish a project.  Casting off is such a rush.  Blocking and weaving in the ends–while tedious in the moment–gives such a sense of accomplishment.  And in that initial euphoria, I think I’m always predisposed to (temporarily) overlook a FO’s faults and declare it an unmitigated success.  And usually, the longer a piece has been finished, all sorts of little faults present themselves (which is as it should be — I love learning from projects and figuring out how to improve).  The love cools to a more reasonable like.

But friends, I think Vatsland is going to be different.

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