Sunday, August 13, 2006

At the LYS

Yesterday I went to Coldwater Collaborative to find some things for my pals. Deb was working so after reading her blog and reading about her on Chris' blog I got to meet her in person. Of course she was only semi-familiar with my blog until I said, "it's the one with the basset hound from hell". Suddenly she knew. Crazy dog.

Deb helped me pick out some sock yarn for my pal and I got a big skein of fun, chunky yarn too. I also picked out a bunch of Cascade 220 to make a fair isle hat from the SimpleChic book that my SP sent to me. This is my first foray into fair isle and it's a simple pattern. I've already changed it to knitting in the round because I've discovered I'm really bad at purling with two colors (I can't seem to purl English-style and get a decent tension on the stitch) so I ripped back everything I'd done flat and re-started in the round. Here is how it looks so far.

Bright or what? But this is for my nephew Ben who was very specific about what he wanted in a hat. Mostly orange, but not all orange because that's boring. So it's mostly orange. The fair isle chart is pretty darn easy, but I figure that it's perfect for someone who is doing it for the first time.

As you can well imagine, we are following the Little League World Series pretty closely around here. We were watching Iowa vs. Missouri last night while I knit. I left the room for a couple of minutes and the BHFH jumped onto the rolly office chair, grabbed the bag from Coldwater and promptly took off with it. So I will be winding the yarn I bought for my pals into nice center pull cakes for them. They are a mess right now. Damn dog.

No quiet Sunday today, we are going school shopping. I'm torn between wanting to drive the SNC up the interstate where the speed limit is 75 and wanting my husband to drive so I can keep knitting.

7 comments:

Amy said...

We just keep getting this TC knit community tighter and tighter...I know Deb and Chris. Are you coming to the picnic on the 27th? It's always fun to meet other local bloggers face-to-face.

Guinifer said...

Have fun with that back to school shopping. I can't even think about it yet!

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow!!! Great looking hat! I also have difficulty getting the tension right with the purl stitches. Of course, knitting in the round never occurred to me...

Tygher Knits said...

That hat's awesome!

Chris said...

Gosh, now I've almost met you. :) It's a small world after all...

Cute hat! I have heard that in-the-round is the way to go with fair isle, because of the purling. Hence the existence of steeking - so you can knit the whole darn sweater in the round, then cut to add armholes (and possibly to make a cardigan).

Sydney said...

I like the colors in the hat. I think it will be cute. I've always done fair isle in the round, not that I've done that much. That sounds much easier than trying to do fair isle on a purl row.

Deb said...

You got that far on the hat already!! Sheesh - you forgot to mention that you were a speed knitter. Thanks for coming in yesterday; it was a pleasure to meet you and I hope you;'ll come by again!