my new red hat

I knit myself a new red hat using the Jul Hat pattern by Wiksten. It fits a little big for me, likely on account of the thicker ply yarn I used, which could have been pre-empted by checking my knitting gauge first. But, let's be honest with each other, you guys don't really do that either, do you? Anyhow, people keep calling it my Santa hat which wasn't actually what I had in mind, but oh well.

And here's my contribution to the fashion blog world. A full-on denim outfit, cardigan and worn-out mauve slippers. I expect to see this on the runways soon. Merry Christmas from this floppy hat-wearing elf!

Knitting is one of my attempts to embrace the winter season. It's permission to be sedentary and wonderfully complements a hot toddy or cocoa. The dark winter nights and cold mornings only add to the click clack of the knitting needles and the feel of yarn slipping through your fingers. It's a good way to pass the time. Plus, you have a nice new hat to show for it. So long as there are the winter blues, there will be a lot of handmade hats. 

holiday exhibit at papernstitch

I'm so excited to be a featured shop at papernstitch's holiday exhibition!  A ton of amazing shops are participating and showing off their beautiful goods.  I'm getting that holiday shopping itch...
"papernstitch is an online exhibition space that was created to promote talented artists, designers, and makers selling handmade goods. the exhibition space is curated monthly and showcases the best of the best on an international level. hence our tagline: hand-picked. handmade."
 (Cozy Winter Hat, Golden Honey- $35)

It's my go-to site for scouting handmade goods because Brittni does such an awesome job of curating the featured shops.  It's less overwhelming than trying to blindly find things on Etsy or BigCartel and the new clean re-design of the website is so user-friendly.  In fact, this holiday exhibition is the first one since the site's re-design a few weeks ago!  You might remember papernstitch from a giveaway I participated in back in 2008.

Head over to papernstitch to check out all of the featured shops and get a start on your handmade holiday shopping. My exhibit page is here.  The exhibition runs until December 8.

A note about the new Cozy Winter Hat: it isn't floppy, but isn't quite a skullcap either... it's a blend of fitted and slouchy that's perfect for both guys and gals.

PS-  All domestic orders ship for just $2 through December 8!

my first knit hat

As I mentioned a little while ago, I am now a knitter.  An awkward, slow knitter but a knitter nonetheless.  And to prove it, here is my very first knit hat!  A little wonky, sure, and maybe a bit too thick and floppy when you see it from the back, but overall?  It's a hat!  An actual knit hat.  The possibilities are endless now that I know how to click around two knitting needles.

I followed the Simple Pleasures Hat pattern from The Purl Bee and used Patons Classic Wool Tweeds in Paprika.  If I had used the recommended yarn weight instead I think I could have avoided the excessive thickness.  I did end up omitting a few rounds in order to keep the floppiness in check, but I probably could have left out a few more.  Once I got the hang of my circular needles, this pattern was pretty straightforward and simple.  Which is not to say that I didn't start it over about 9-10 times, but that's merely an indication of my very rudimentary knitting skills and not the pattern itself.

For any other beginner knitters out there, here are a few resources that I found particularly helpful:
Sooo, do you think I can convince people that the knitted gift they receive for Christmas this year is totally different than the crocheted gift I gave them last year?  Because it will be.  Totally, completely different...