Now that those other hats are out of the way for the moment - I'm working on my ALIEN HAT...
It's pretty BRIGHT... especially the fluorescent yellow of the eye...
there's a couple more of those eyes to come
It's changed a little since the original sketch I had planned... It ALWAYS changes, but you can see the basic elements are all still there...
I was a bit disappointed not to be able to have the eyes up on stems the way I had sketched - but there was just too much weight in them (there's polystyrene balls inside) and they kept keeling over... so I've had to secure them directly to the hat...
Hopefully I'll have a finished photo for you tomorrow!
Look closely at the photo above...
At the bottom left hand side...
That smooth brown looking surface...
That is the TOP OF MY DESK!!!!
So glad I have a photo of it... just to remember what it looks like... because we don't see it very often these days...
I'm taking a quick breather from all those quirky hats...
In my Ravelry group this month, we're looking at ideas for STASH BUSTING your leftovers...
You know all those little bits and bobs you end up with at the end of other projects? Not the super short tiny ends... but those quarter balls... not big enough for another project, but not small enough to throw away?
But here's the details for those of you not on Ravelry.
My all-time favourite knitting stitch for stashbusting:
I call it MOSS STITCH… but depending on where you hail from, you might know it as SEED STITCH.
It’s a simple stitch - but hugely effective.
You just K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1… over and over again… then on the
next row or round, you do the opposite - and K all of your P stitches,
and P all of your K ones.
But what I love is the way that it weaves your colours in together.
You don’t end up with clearly defined rows or stripes, but instead have
more of an overall meshing of colours… Which is an excellent way to
blend your scraps together.
In this project, I’ve used an assortment of browns and creams… but
don’t be afraid to throw together completely contrasting colours… IT
STILL WORKS UP A TREAT.
Mine can be loosely looped twice
around the neck, or can be wrapped three times for a more snug scarf on
those chillier days.
I wanted quite a bit of drape in the scarf, so I’ve gone up to a
larger needle size.
My scraps are mostly 8 ply/DK weight - and I would
generally knit those with 4mm needles. So for the scarf I’ve gone up and
used 6mm needles.
I wanted a loop 185cm (73 inches) around. I did a quick swatch and learned that I had 11 sts per 10 cm. So I cast on 203 sts.
If you cast on an ODD number of stitches - then you will just need to
K1, P1 eternally - and don’t need to pay any attention to where each
round begins or ends.
Then I worked in the round for 36 rows (13 cm or 5 inches) before casting off loosely in moss/seed stitch.
(PS. One day I'd LOVE to make a blanket using this method... I don't have the time right now... but maybe you'd like to try one?)
But here’s the trick to keeping those colours moving: Don’t let your colours meet!
What do I mean by that???
Always change colours before you get to the end of the round, so that
you don’t work one stitch on top of the other in the same yarn.
In fact, I like to stop about 10 stitches before my colours overlap.
Then I introduce the next colour…
Not all of my yarn scraps were long enough to work an entire round in - so I just added new colours as I needed or wanted to.
Here’s the trick for colour changes without pesky weaving in:
Introduce your new colour before you finish with the old one.
Work with the two yarns together for the next 6 - 8 stitches, then snip the old yarn and continue with the new one.
That’s it. You’ve just woven in your ends!
When the project is finished, and you have washed and blocked it (if
that’s part of your plan) then you just snip off all those loose tails.
BUT NOT THE STARTING AND FINISHING TAILS. They will need to be woven in
When you snip the tails, don’t cut them too close to the stitches.
Leave about 3mm so that they don’t pull out of the stitch immediately,
but they don’t stick out either.
Because of the loose stitches in this scarf, the odd tail might slip
out. They do keep in place better when your gauge is tighter.
But don’t stress it! Just leave them out - or poke them back into
place with your fingertip. Life’s too short to stress about that stuff…
And if you want a really scrappy look to your work - leave those
tails at about 25 - 50mm (1 - 2 inches) and make them a feature.