"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Friday, January 11, 2013

Is This Becoming a Knitting Blog?

Finally, the hat I've been planning to make myself is well underway.

The pattern I'm using is called "Carolina Jasmine Hat" by Katie Rose Pryal. Isn't that a beautiful title? I've completed the rather long ribbing section and the first row of increases-- my first time doing an increase, yay. The pattern also calls for several different types of decrease, so that will be more skills I get to learn; up to now, I've only knit 2 together.

My one beef with the pattern is that it gives neither a gauge nor a finished circumference. I know that I tend to be a fairly tight knitter, so I went up by two needle sizes while sticking with a similarly sized yarn. Hopefully it will all work out. Sitting flat like in the above picture, it doesn't look like it could possibly fit my head, but the ribbing is so stretchy I think it will work.

The only other difficulty I've had so far was with my needles. I started with size 6 needles and moved up to size 8 near the end of the ribbing. But when I first started knitting, I wanted to try out needles of various materials to see what I liked, so I bought size 6 dpns in metal. It turns out I don't like metal needles; the stitches just keep sliding off of them. It made for very slow going the first couple of inches of ribbing. So yesterday I went out and bought some bamboo size 6 dpns (I already had size 8 in bamboo) and was able to finish the rest of the ribbing in no time. It's amazing what a little friction can do!

The TIAS starts today, but I haven't gotten around to winding my shuttles yet. I'll try to do it this afternoon. It's a good thing Jane gives us several days between pattern sections.


  1. I understand your excitement about learning a new skill, and many tatters are also knitters, although I switched interest from knitting to tatting 23 years ago! I always have to go down 2 needle sizes, as I knit more loosely (possibly because of Continental). However, I also prefer bamboo needles and use them most of the time.

    Your ribbing looks great!

  2. Oh boy. When you start to find beauty in a knotting title, I KNOW you have crossed over to The Dark Side!
    Fox : )

    p.s. Congratulations on learning how to increase! Always was fin watching students “get it” about increasing and decreasing!

    ***Learning how to work out your gauge is THE most important thing you can learn in knotting. It is an absolute fundamental must, if you are to get good results. You should not have trouble at all with the math of it.

    Ribbing is more difficult, as it doesn’t really follow the rules, but once you can work out the numbers, you will have success.

    Way to go!
    Fox : )

  3. Looking good. I'll have to see if I can find bamboo needles to try out. Mine are all metal or plastic.