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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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the Washie-Washie continues…
jumpin’ out of the sudz, you see a hat a scarf some gloves…

My favorite bubble bath for all my handknits is a tub of warm water with a couple of squirts of $store dishsoap. I quit drycleaning my wools a long time ago, convinced that the Chemicals were much worse than the Dirt. Then I read about how spinners degrease their fleece with simple soap and I just had to try it.

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Happy Birthday Little Hat: this topper is about 5 years old (pattern released to celebrate my second year blogging) and still going strong. Three cheers for HandKnits!

It has served me well as a cap but with a couple of minor adjustments has become a slouchy beret! HOWhowHOW?

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The body of the hat is made in Shaker Rib, which has a lot of flex. It is one of those stitches that relaxed is very compact (and thick). It easily stretches out and with a gentle wet blocking into a flat shape, becomes a circular piece.

Re-Make/Re-Model: with the addition of my garter stitch band and slight surgery at the top, the cap now has a base to perch on.

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As seen in the wild along Grand Ave. somewhere near D’Amato’s hunting for a slice of sausage pizza bread…

Favorite Stretchy Bind-Off: Knit 2 sts. Insert Left-Hand Needle through back of just knitted stitches and K2TOG. [1 st on Right-Hand Needle.] K1 from LHN. Repeat the K2TOG as before with st on RHN. Repeat across until sts are all bound off.

8 responses to “Thursday, December 6, 2007”

  1. meg says:

    Eeeee! Way to get Instant Gratification! In RED, too! Love. It. It’s so cold it *hurts* way up here — so I’m lovin’ all my hats, too. :)

  2. Tracey says:

    Shaker rib, that’s right, I thought it was fisherman’s rib. I remember the scarf too. This is cool, it’s kind of like seeing kids you haven’t seen in a while. Hey! I remember when you were born!

  3. Karen B. says:

    I love it! Especially that last shot of you wearing you newly revitalized beauty with those, oh, so saucy glasses. You slay me, b. Marie!

  4. Beth S. says:

    I LOVE the red beret with the black glasses! :-) You are so chic it hurts. ;-)

  5. Marlena says:

    I love it! Did you block it over a plate to get that great crisp folding line?

  6. Bonne Marie says:

    Thanks for the kind words! This time of year, everyone is wearing their Red Hats in Chicago.

    Blocking this hat out in a circle was an afterthought. When I started laying it out to dry, the new band just wanted to be flat in that way. In its previous incarnation (more like a slouchy beanie), I always dried it on its side.

    But now it easily could *stand on its head* and go circular. I did try sticking a plate in there but it wasn’t even needed and the hat was larger than any dinner plate I had so I just patted it down into the circle and let it dry like that.

    For a softer look, but still in the beret profile, I thought next time I will let it dry for awhile flat, then while it’s still damp, stuff it with some plastic bags.

    I love making hats!

  7. Wanda says:

    Cute hat! It looks great!

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