Wow, it's been a couple of months since my last blog.....life 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!