Friday, January 4, 2013

Knitting Progress

Wow, it's been a couple of months since my last just sometimes takes over. The last two months of 2012 were not the best for us so we're looking forward to good things in 2013.

I've been working on the Palette of Colors Shrug.  I bought this kit from KellyJ at our annual "stash sale" at Your Local Yarn Shop.  I thought it would work up quickly but have been surprised at the length of time I've been working on it.  Hmmm....that could be because the bulk of it is worked with lace weight, I've just been lazy and not knitting that much or cause I took the time to work on a hat for my son's girlfriend.  Whatever my problem has been, I'm  now determined to get it done.

This knit is actually going to be mine......

When we went to Vermont in October to visit our son and his girlfriend, Ashley asked if I would knit her a hat.  I told her, "no problem".  She picked out a pattern from Ravelry but when I decided to start kniting it, I just couldn't get into the pattern.  So after doing some searching on my own I found inspiration from my favorite designer and started Raxtur by Stephen West.  

This was an interesting and fun knit.  You start on the ear flaps and when you get to the body of the hat you turn it wrong side out to knit the color work on the top.  You use slip stitches to make the vertical stripes in this area and I must admit, even though it was easy, sometimes I messed up during this part and had to take out a few times due to my lack of concentration.   I thought I had every thing fixed.  Finished the hat and turned it around only to find an error about half way down the color work.  Wished I'd only said "drat" but actually had to use some strong language!

The error is on the back of the hat so if you wear it with the ear flaps down the hat is slouchy enough it doesn't show.  Ear flaps up and it sticks out like a sore thumb.  I was so bummed I put it away and haven't looked at it again until today.  Now I have to decided if I'm going to rip it all back or leave it alone.  DRAT!!!....since writing this, I really think I have to rib it out.  

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!


  1. Isn't it amazing how the self-knits always get pushed to the bottom of the list?

    That hat looks great... if it were me, I would leave it and tell her you did it on purpose. Like the Navajo Weavers... they always purposely insert a mistake... just so the buyer knows it was hand-made. I might even cut the yarn, thread it to the inside then tie it back together... you might get a pucker since it would be shorter there, but geez, ripping it all the way out and re-knitting??? That breaks my heart.

    Welcome Back!!

    1. Kathryn: I didn't even think of cutting it. I did try to do a duplicate stitch over it but I didn't like the look of that. So at your suggestion I just pulled on the bar stitch and am going to try cutting it. Thanks!!!!

  2. That's just what I was coming to suggest:-)
    It is so annoying to look back and find a mistake, I always feel lucky if I have only gone a few rows when I discover it, but have to grit my teeth and go back and sort it out or I know that I won't get the same enjoyment from it otherwise.
    thanks for sharing
    hope you sort it out ok

  3. Thanks for visiting Bridgit's Bell and leaving nice comments. The hat in this post is awesome.

  4. hahaha, I just bet you said "drat" ;-) I know you, you'll tear it out and make it perfect. I love that hat. I saw it on your Rav project page. I think I'm going to have to make one...eventually. Welcome back. We've missed your blog.

  5. That shawl is gorgeous, it's good to knit something for yourself once in a while :) ... do you really need to rip back? how about attaching a brooch when wearing it flap down? Very interesting pattern btw.

  6. I would have definitely ripped that hat back and fixed the mistake. But then, I'm way too picky sometimes. Your shawl is beautiful. Have a great weekend.

  7. OhMyBob - the colorway on that shrug is divine! Glad to see you back, and glad that good suggestions have come to you about the hat. Once you resolve the issue, the hat will fly out the door!

  8. Nice pattern. I really like Stephen West's designs.