Yay! I’ve cast-on another hat! No stockings, despite needing so many of those. I’ll learn my lesson by the time Christmas is over. Perhaps. Then again, procrastination was always my strong suit.
I decided a couple days ago that I really do need to get cracking on the knitting for Christmas. My time is dwindling down before my eyes, and there’s so much to get done. Technically, I should focus on the stockings. They take me the longest, and it’s my mom who wants them. Still, I need to make a bunch of hats as well, which are relatively quick to knit up. Oh, conundrum!
As I hadn’t knit anything productive in nearly a week (hexipuffs! woohoo!), I finally settled on at least making another hat. I’m working on the Katherine Hat by Erin Kate Archer. My yarn is unlabeled (this time my fault rather than who I inherited it from; I bought this 4-5 years ago while still trying to learn how to crochet), but I know it’s acrylic. By touch, my guess is it’s Loops & Threads brand yarn, but I could be completely wrong.
So far, I love this hat. I mean love! As easy as I thought the Meret was (and it is!), this one just blows that one out of the water. There are 4 basic rows, and once you have those memorized, you’re golden. I looked at the pattern for the first repeat, and then I haven’t looked since, not that I’m extremely far yet.
And, I knit a gauge swatch for this hat! Let me clarify earlier posts here. When I said I swatched before, I meant that I looked at the pattern’s 4 x 4 swatch requirements (so many stitches by so many rows), I plugged them into my gauge app and got the 1 x 1 requirements. So, I was knitting this iddy biddy “swatch” to figure out how many stitches I was going to need. Once I had my notes, I unraveled the swatch and used the yarn in my project.
I didn’t do that this time. I knit a whole 4 x 4 swatch and then took my measurements. I even cast it off. I was thinking, with all the projects I have this Christmas, eventually I could make like a patchwork quilt of them. After all, me knitting a full blanket is out of the question, but if it’s just part of another project, I’m more likely to do it.
This weekend, I want to finish up this hat and get started on a stocking. I have to pick up my pace a bit if I’m going to get all these things done. Like I said, procrastination is what I do best!
What are you working on this weekend?