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9th-Dec-2008 11:34 am
shiny, thing

Hat in progress
Originally uploaded by innerbrat
After three starts that resulted in a complete frustrated unravelling - misinterpreting the pattern, counting wrong, and one giant dropping of too many stitches - This is a couple of days work on a lacy newborn hat for the Thing - as which I have begun using to refer to the future person whose aunt I will be. Yes, I am frustrated there's no gender neutral term for the child of my sister. Not that it will matter soon. Her due date is tomorrow, but I hear first babies can be late. So I have some time to finish the hat, then.

For the lacy section at the bottom, I learned how to do yarn forwards (easy) and knitting together (simple, but annoying if your knitting's as tight as mine). Mostly, I learned to follow a pattern, because the first two times I attempted the pattern I was inserting an extra stitch into every repeat.

On this final piece, there's one hole that doesn't look right, but it's still passable and I'm not sure where I've gone wrong. I'm using yarn bought at my local craft shop (I'm still impressed how cheap even normal, non-sale yarn is), and changes colour from yellow to white to green. The finished hat will have a yellow brim and a green cap. The hairbands, by the way, are stitch markers, every 10 stitches so I can count at a glance and keep an eye on the shape. Once those lacey rows were done, the stocking stitch rising takes no time at all. I just need to decrease for the crown and I'm done.

Next time I will attempt a hat in the round, as I don't think seamed hats are as comfortable for newborns as they should be. Still, it's looking like it's going to be a hat, and I hope my sister likes it.

Because any day now I'm going to get a phone call from my parents, and I will run home with my pre-packed suitcase, and spend the timefrom here until Christmas being an aunt. Yay aunthood!
9th-Dec-2008 11:43 am (UTC)
I am so impressed by people who can knit. If I'd know at the time, I'd've made you teach me when I was there! It looks fantastic already! I hope you'll get a picture of the baby wearing it! And congratulations to your family. :D
9th-Dec-2008 11:47 am (UTC)
I couldn't when you were here! I only learned last month.
9th-Dec-2008 11:49 am (UTC)
!!!! Wow! I'm totally impressed then, since you just learned. And even more jealous! Imagine how good I'd be if I'd learned last year! AHahahahaha.

I have got to learn!
9th-Dec-2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
You should! I'm sure you'll outpace me and make me look a fool.

When learning, my flist were very helpful in providing me with resources, and Ravelry has turned out to be amazing.

As a current learner, I advise learning one stitch at a time, getting some cheap yarn to experiment on over and over again, and not being afraid to make mistakes. It's really calming in front of the TV or on the train.
9th-Dec-2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yay for aunthood indeed. ;o) And as a knitting palaeontologist you'll be the coolest aunt in the country!
9th-Dec-2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Stockinette stitch on circular needles is easy peasy! Just knit knit knit, no purling at all - something I learned the hard way when I was knitting one row and purling one row and wondering why my hat looked like garter stitching.

That was a frustrating hat to unravel and start over.

That looks GOREGOUS, by the way.
9th-Dec-2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I only own one pair of circular needles, and that cable isn't very flexible, while I do have a veritable wealth of straights. I will be picking up more DPNs when I go to the InnerRents, because I didn't realsie how to use them before I did my research.

But yes, the first time I actually buy a needle, it will be circular, for wide straight knitting, magic loop, and large rounds. And I figured about the Stockinette! (Because I figured that purling is knitting backwards, and straight knitting is back and forth)

Thank you!
9th-Dec-2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
Awww! Auntie Brat!

*glees for you*
9th-Dec-2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Your ball of yarn looks like a wee cabbage.
9th-Dec-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
*squints at it*

9th-Dec-2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Everyone has their own art, I guess. Mine involves leafy veggies.
9th-Dec-2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Niecephew. *solemn*
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