Sunday, August 4, 2013

Win a Hat!

Do you need a new hat for winter? Do you love neon yellow and dark gray? The correct answer to both questions is "Yes, please! How do I win?"

Let me know in the comments that you want to win the hat. Or, tweet at me @RodeoKnits.

I'm calling it White Lightning after a ski run at Timberline in Davis. I don't ski. I've tried skiing. It was a terrible mistake and I spent way too much time non-upright on skis so I finally just gave up and sat in the lodge. The lodge is my favorite part of skiing.

If anyone wants to go skiing this winter and wants someone to hang out in the lodge by the fire, drink hot cocoa, and watch all your stuff while you're shredding the hills (that's a thing, right), let me know! I always have a good book or knitting to take with me. And as quick as this hat was to knit, I could probably finish one before you make it back down the mountain the first time.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday Hat Knitting

Doesn't it make total sense to knit a hat on a Saturday in August? I mean, of course!

The best thing about my new hat is I finished it in about 4 hours of very interrupted knitting time, probably 2 hours all put together. Tops. Yes, it's a bulky yarn but I love it. I know you want to see it.

But first things first . . . 

I've been putting in more time on the designing/submitting knitting patterns thing, which has taken a lot of free time. Oh, and reading. But knitting: swatching and sketching (I'm a terrible sketcher) and re-swatching takes a lot of time. Lots of ideas and then trashing those ideas and then pulling those ideas back out again. It seems I might be a little indecisive but that's my current process.

On the "submitting" front, I'll have some super-super-OMG-wowwowwow exciting news to announce in the future. I'm not sure when, but it's coming. And it's not one of those "I think I'll be able to say something exciting soon but I don't know" kind of exciting news. It's legit. 2Legit2Quit.

So I somehow stumbled across Schachenmayr yarn line called My Mountain. It's a fun, bright line of yarns, a lot of bulky and chunky yarns. Neon! Admittedly, I don't generally use yarns with a heavy acrylic content so it's something I probably wouldn't have looked at right away. I'd have missed out. They're running a design contest - knit a hat - and you can find the details on their Facebook page. So I entered.

I emailed a request for yarn last week and the yarn arrived yesterday. One skein Bravo Big in Granite Graphite and one skein Boston in Neon Yellow. It's definitely neon. And yellow. Pictures don't quite do it justice. Cast on with big needles, knit a few rows ribbing, then switch to pattern stitches. Knit a lot of the hat. Then hate it and pull it out and restart. Love the second iteration of the pattern. Add a massive pompom because, well, because neon yellow and gray pompoms are awesome.

I haven't snapped a photo of the finished hat yet. I want to try to figure out how to make it look like I'm in the middle of the Alps or at least it's winter and not August in North America (so - hot) and I think I'll have to use my television as some kind of green screen. That's genius at work.

Sneak peek - gigantic pompom!


On the reading front, I've got a good start on Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson. It's a great mixture of nerd-dom, Russian mafia, spies, money and intrigue. I enjoy it so much. I always like books that I can almost immediately pin down who I else I think would enjoy it and this one goes to an IT guy at work - great taste in books and just the right level of nerdity.