hat day

Right now I’m in the middle of Christmas knitting, and I’ve been feeling the stress creeping up on me this last week. Even though I might be able to finish all my planned projects – they don’t really excite me, but I’ll try to do a couple more. I know that it will be worth it when I see my family opening their presents on Christmas Eve. I just know it. *trying to convince myself*
The present that worries me is the one for my dad. Even though it’s easier to knit for him than to buy something I’m really blanking. I made him a hat, but he got that one for father’s day and I don’t want to give him another one just 1½ month later. I’m thinking of mittens but I haven’t found The Pattern. They are either too embellished or too plain, and it feels like I’ve been looking through all of ravelry.

Anyway. I’m in a knitting group on facebook that arranges online “knitting cafés” every sunday and yesterday the theme was hats, because apparently it was the International Hat Day. Since I planned on making another of the hat I made for father’s day, but this time for my uncle this was a great opportunity to get started.
The pattern is called Blue Star Beanie and the first one I made from the first yarn I ever made and some reflecting thread. This time I’m making it from a yarn I actually found on ebay (this might be a topic for another post) with merino, if I recall it correcly, and using bamboo needles in 3,5 mm.
I really enjoy this pattern. It looks good and it’s logical and easy to remember. It knits up fairly quickly, at least if you don’t use uneven homespun and have a good cable needle (this might go without saying for most people but it took me a while to understand that mine had a snag…).

 

This is the hat made from the homespun!

 

Also, what’s that paper thingie around the yarn called in english?

introduction

 

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This is me. My name is Johanna. I learned how to knit and crochet when I was a child, made a couple of hats in when I was fourteen but it wasn’t until the end of 2013, at the age of 21 when I really started knitting for real.

At the time I had just gone through a great ordeal which left me in a really dark place and I stayed in bed for a couple of months, watching a lot of television. I noticed that almost every american tv-home had a crocheted afgan thrown over the couch (now that you know this you’ll see them EVERYWHERE, I promise) and for the first time in what felt like a very long time I wanted to do someting. I wanted to crochet. Being a ’90s child I quickly turned to the internet and found my peers on facebook and ravelry and I discovered the versatility of knitting and I got hooked (ha!). The rest is history.

I was one of those people that didn’t know things like lace, fair-isle and brioche knitting were difficult for a beginner so I did them anyway and was fairly successful. Like I said, I started knitting in the winter of 2013, which is about a year ago today so I’m still a beginner, but during this year I have also started spinning on both spindle and wheel and I have always been interested in different sorts of crafts and I hope that this will translate into this blog. Some periods I sew a lot, sometimes I make jewellery or do cross-stitching and I really like learning new skills. This is my attempt to inspire and be inspired. And maybe practice my english a bit :)