FO Friday ~ Ombre Hats

I wrote this post in my head on Thursday, ready to draft Thursday night, polish Friday morning and post.  That was the plan.  So here it is Saturday afternoon  .  .  .  well, better late than never.


These hats were finished in August and as I was going through my Ravelry projects I realized I’d never done an FO post.    The pattern is The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary.  Quick and easy stranded knitting makes for a very nice ombre effect.

Pattern  ::  The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Yarns  ::  Rowan Felted Tweed, rage and clay colorways
Needle  ::  US 6 (4.0 mm)

The first hat finished used leftover yarns from leg warmers knit last year.  I don’t look great in hats, but this one fits a little loosely, has a nice slouch, is so-so-o-o soft AND matches my winter coat.  So it’s a WIN.  If I were to knit with DK weight yarn again, I would drop down a needle size for the ribbing and do the rest of the hat on the US 6.

Pattern  ::  The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Yarns  ::  Cascade 220 Superwash, charcoal
Unknown leftover (maybe Patons ?), light gray
Needles  ::  US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)

Keeping in mind the loose fit of the first hat, I picked two worsted leftovers and cast-on with US 4 needles.  After the ribbing I moved to a US 6 for the remainder.  I also started the decreases a bit sooner to reduce the slouch.  It’s perfect and tucked away in the holiday box.

Now that I’ve taken another look at these, I have an urge to rummage through the leftovers and make more for the holiday box.

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WIP Wednesday ~ 10.5.16


September’s Little Pumpkin socks have walked right into October, one sock finished and half-way down the leg on the second.  Progress in slow because, to be honest, I’m tired of socks and my hands are protesting the cables.  They will be finished soon and enjoyed when the weather cools more.

I’ve also had an overwhelming urge to work through some of the projects that have been neglected for a while.

  • Citron — I played yarn chicken and lost, found a solution and finished the bind off Monday.  More to come after a good soak and blocking.
  • Lace Hitchhiker — I love the yarn, the pattern, the fabric but not so much the knit.  Serious thought is being given to sending it to the frog pond.  I just can’t decide.
  • Barndom shawl has been frogged and two lovely yarns have been rescued.
  • Mirkwood socks will be finished after the Little Pumpkins.  Then it will be plain vanilla socks for a while.


And then there’s the 3-Color Cashmere Cowl.  LOVE this one!  I’ve modified the length considerably by reducing the row repeats.  Two more bands to finish.

My Goodreads goal this year was 12 books.  Isle of Palms was finished last week bringing my total to 10.  On the Kindle now is The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes.  Just getting started so I don’t really have an opinion yet.

How are your projects coming along?

Happy Wednesday!



WIP Wednesday ~ 9.21.16


Little Pumpkin socks have finally found a rhythm.  The pattern uses a new-to-me cable to form the rounded tops of the pumpkins, easy to remember.  Last week I had just frogged, after the third mistake, and started again.  There is nothing wrong with the pattern as written and there are hundreds of completed projects on Ravelry.  My concentration has just taken a vacation.

2-dscn5134On the next try, I decided to simplify and knit the same stitch pattern for all the pumpkins instead of alternating and things are moving along nicely now.

I’ve downloaded Isle of Palms from OverDrive and finally found a story to keep my attention.

Happy Wednesday!

~  Janet

PS >  Miss Moira says Thank You Very Much for all the lovely birthday wishes.   🙂





WIP Wednesday ~ 9.14.16

Another lovely Wednesday morning, autumn is slowly beginning to show itself outdoors and in my knitting.


I’m doing my best to encourage the fall season to step up.  My September socks for the YOSS challenge have been started, twice.  I can live with a little mistake in my knitting, but three before you finish the leg, nope.  The pattern is Little Pumpkins Socks and the yarn is KP Stroll in foliage tonal.  I know you can’t tell much from the photo so I threw in the little cross-stitch pumpkin pillow I made several years ago.

I’m reading through magazines — Spin Off and Art Journaling — but stalled on books right now.  Just can’t find anything to keep me interested past the first couple chapters.  There are a couple of books on hold on Overdrive and we’ll see how they go when they’re available.

How are your projects coming along?

~  Janet


FO Friday ~ Tidewater


Pattern  ::  Tidewater by Laura Aylor
Yarn  ::  Knit Picks Lindy Chain, thicket colorway
Needle  ::  US 4 (3.5 mm)

The Tidewater top is finished.  Knitting ended on August 10 and then I put off weaving the loose ends.  Now that it’s completed, I wish I’d finished it sooner.  It’s perfect for the summer weather and looks nice under a jacket.


I made several modifications to the pattern; the most obvious was knitting the body in stockinette instead of garter.  Extra increases were added from the underarm down to give more drape and fullness.  And last, I opted for side vents rather than the one back vent suggested.  I Love It!


KP Lindy Chain is a 70% linen/30% cotton chainette yarn.  This was my first time using Lindy Chain and I’m pleased with the feel and drape.

I think I’d enjoy knitting this again, maybe a size larger with 3/4 sleeves to make a cozy pullover.

I hope your September is off to a good start.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

~  Janet