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Hat: complete with pom pom and tassels

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So I couldn’t stand it. I ripped back the hat to before I started the decreases and reknit it so it would be longer. And guess what? I love it now! I also added some i-cord ties hanging from the earflaps with tassels on the end and a pom pom on the top. The pom pom really makes the hat, I gotta tell you. See?


I covered my face because I was getting sick of trying to get a good shot that made my face look good AND had a good view of the pom pom.

Here’s one where I look OK, you just can’t see the full glory of the pom pom.


I’ve started on making the copy of this hat for Chris. I still need to block my hat, but I hurriedly wove in ends and made a pom pom this morning so we could go on a walk by Lake Superior. It’s been too long since I’ve been on the lakewalk, even though it’s winter.


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March 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I has a hat.

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I finished the hat tonight while watching the newest episode of Castle. It’s still not finished finished, but the hat portion is done. I need to weave in ends, put on a pom pom, and add some ties with tassel ends to the ear flaps. Chris loves it already and is threatening to steal it.


There are some things I’m not totally happy with, so I may give it up to him and knit myself a new hat with the improvements. For one thing, I wish I had made it longer so it came down farther on my head. Actually, that’s my main gripe. The other thing bugging me is the way I carry my yarn up when I do stripes. When I get to the end of a round, I flip the skeins around each other so that the strands of yarn twist together. If I only do it once, it’s not much of a twist, but twice seems like too much. Either way, it showed through on this hat. There’s a wonky line going up the back of the hat from my twists of yarn showing through to the front of the knitting. I’ll have to do some internet digging to find some suggestions, but if anyone reading has any tips, let me know! Here’s an illustration:


Now, excuse me while I go weave in some ends. The perfect thing to do when Chris and his friend sit on the couch, play Assassin’s Creed 2 and talk about cars.

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March 4, 2011 at 2:52 am

Finished the book, and a little knitting.

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After dinner tonight, I hunkered down on the couch and finished my book. It was satisfying, and I couldn’t put it down, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. Certain parts of the plot got really intense for a short amount of time, but resolved much more quickly than I’ve come to expect from murder mystery/thriller novels. Maybe that’s a good thing. It’s also possible that I was just chugging through it so fast that the events in the novel seemed to take place more quickly than if I’d read it more slowly in several sittings. Either way, it was good to feel that absorbed-in-a-book feeling again.

I’ve done some knitting over the past few days on a new hat. I have lots of unfinished knitting projects lying around, yet I can’t help going to the yarn store and starting a new project. I do need a hat, though. I lost my only wearable hat somewhere. So I’m knitting a new one. We’re getting our dog soon, and it’s a husky, which means it’s high energy and will need lots of walks. And it’s still freezing outside! So I need good protection from the cold. Here’s the hat:


Like the hat I lost, this hat is made using this Basic Earflap Hat pattern. This time, though, I’m knitting at a tighter gauge, so I adjusted numbers a bit. I’m using Peace Fleece yarn and size 6 needles. I’m thinking I’ll have enough yarn leftover for some matching armwarmers or something. I also have another skein of the Peace Fleece in a lovely deep turquoise pattern that I may make into another hat.

And speaking of the husky, the latest news is that the shelter he is at has been making arrangements for him to be transported to a rescue here in MN that we can officially adopt him from. We are anxiously awaiting news, checking our emails frantically every time one of our iPhones makes a noise, feeling like little children who cannot wait until their birthdays!

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March 3, 2011 at 4:21 am

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