“Hat knitting marathon continues; details at 11.”

When I started knitting in earnest, back some time in early 2005, I knit some mittens (it was January in northern Michigan, after all.) Picking up on the trend, I knit a few scarves, dropping my yos of fun fur and ‘real’ yarn that it went along with. And I knit some hats. Before Etsy, before Ravelry, before the advent of the ‘lys’, there was WoolEase. Inexpensive, available in every craft and fabric shop, it made me feel like a real knitter. There was yarn! There was wool! (There was acrylic too, but no matter.)

Hats of every size and shape emerged from my needles. I struggled with dpns, this being prior to my introduction to Addi Turbos. Knitting hats that winter and spring kept me busy, helped me improve my cast-ons and bind-offs, taught me to cable and gave me some confidence in my ability to take sticks and string and create something wearable from them.

I discovered Merino. And Superwash Merino. Yarn shops. Etsy. EBay. Dyeing and spinning my own yarn. No more WoolEase for this grrl. Hats got classier.

I made baby hats from Cashmerino for every newborn in my sphere. Taught Kate to knit, and she carried on the tradition. Together we began to knit baby and children’s hats for charity, for the Christmas warming tree in the library, for preemies, for Mongolia. I even knit a handdyed cashmere chemo cap for my favorite ‘daughter’.

Every October from that point, I’d get the nod from my guys about new hats for hunting season. Nick’s friends regularly begged for hand knit hats of their own, and occasionally I’d comply. Jeff got a ribbed toque made from left over grey alpaca sock weight. Bobby got one knitted from handdyed worsted Superwash Merino for duck hunting season. Miescha got several, including one from hand dyed, handspun yarn. Chris got one just because he asked so sweetly.There are many others that don’t come quickly to mind, though I left a trail of hats all over northern Michigan.

When Danny came along  he wore his first handdyed, handknit cashmere cap in the hospital nursery. He’s outgrown four hats so far, so this summer I knit matching hats for him and his daddy. I knit a cashmere lacy hat for my niece who teaches fourth grade (she deserves cashmere.)

This month, Kate and I have conspired to send handknit hats out to several families we love, ‘just because.’  It’s been a treat sitting with her in the afternoon, coffee steaming on the endtable next to us, watching something mindless on tv and chatting over our knitting. And just what were we knitting with?

Kate’s stash, of necessity, has remained small. She lives in the south where it’s stupidly hot, plus, being a military wife, she keeps her stash down to what she’s working on and what can fit in an 18gal Rubbermaid tote for ease of moving. Most of my stash remains in totes in a locked storage unit in Michigan. :::sigh::: (Just imagine the reunion we’ll have!)

Didja guess? The hats had to be washable, nothing fancy (some went to little boys and all.) Yep. WoolEase. Paton’s Shetland Tweed. Yarns with enough wool to be warm, and washable (and not too costly, lest they be lost.) It’s funny how things come full circle, isn’t it?

I’m just now finishing the last hat of the year. Of this year, I mean. There’ll always  be more hats to knit.

12/30/2010 ETA: Green: Trevor/Blue: Cristian/Grey: Tyler  Black for Robin (Dad) knitted together snugly with his boys. I love you guys!


~ by perchance2knit on December 22, 2010.

2 Responses to ““Hat knitting marathon continues; details at 11.””

  1. Time, practice, and a bit of supervision from someone who knows how. That’s actually how I learned to crochet.

    Miss your face, princess!

  2. I love WoolEase! Well, maybe “love” is a strong word. I appreciate it, and how easy it is to find and use.

    I wish I knew how to knit. I can crochet alright, but I add or drop too many stitches to be good at knitting.

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