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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Threads TUESDAY!

I found my hats! Lurking under a pile of old purses, they frolicked, playfully in a box in a remote corner of my closet, under some other boxes.

Clueless to why they were packed in such a silly manner, but delighted that they were finally back in the mix, this pile enjoyed a refreshing bubblebath!

Nothing better to face the weather challenges of the New Year (I’m looking forward to the new year, how about YOU?) than a warm head, which I think is the Secret to being outdoors.

Joining this lovely pile is a new, and what I predict to be, favorite in the line-up at Chez Chic: an H2O beanie made from Colinette Pt. 5 in a most intriguing combination of Black & White, that is called ZEBRA.

Now, does anyone have an idea what type of wool is used for this yarn? I adore it! And it really is warm; all lofty and puffy and it hugs the head when wearing to the point one does not want to take it off.

That, hmm, is my MO this winter, though: the Inside Hat!

Keep the heat down and the spirits UP!

I also had fun learning a new seaming technique: Invisible weaving on Stocknette St (One-half Stitch Seam Allowance) found on pg.72 of The Knitter’s Companion (by Vicki Square). For want of a better term, this is a lot like mattress stitching but works only the center part of an edge stitch-to-edge stitch. When finished, the two halves make a whole stitch and on bulky (or in this case, SUPER Bulky yarn), it makes a very fine low bulk seam. I liked this SO much, I’m going to try it out on a sweater next time…

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10 responses to “Tuesday, December 30, 2008”

  1. Renee says:

    What a lovely stack of warm hats! I’m going to check out the seaming method, thanks for the heads up.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!

  2. Michelle says:

    Ooooh, I love this picture, what great colors all together! And the “zebra” hat is too cool. Isn’t that Pt. 5 yarn pure merino wool or some such thing? Sort of like Big Wool, but spun more thick and thin? Anyway, it’s sure to be warm and cuddly as well as chic.

  3. Seanna Lea says:

    Yeah for the found hats!

    I really wish I hadn’t packed my winter woolies. They are away away, and that includes the two double thick scarves for my hubby and I (umm, nearly floor length models after wrapping around the neck) that were our mainstay last winter.

  4. Lisa says:

    Found clothes are practically like new clothes! :)

    I used to use that particular seaming stitch all the time on sweaters. It definitely reduces bulk, but it can get a little funky at the places where you’ve woven in ends from new balls…. and it’s just not as strong as “regular” mattress stitch.

    Happy New Year!

  5. meg says:

    Ooh, now I’ve got another book on my ‘to buy’ list. I like the sound of that seam.

  6. Barbara-Kay says:

    Oh, happy hats! I would have sworn they would choose to show up only in the heat of summer. Glad they made a timely appearance.

  7. You know Bonne, I think you can make a photo of about anything pretty… yes even that…. The stack of hats fresh out of their bubble bath look so pretty and refreshing…

    Are you all done with the work on the abode???? I still have some finishing touches for my new kitchen and I really need to finish them, its always the last things that either never get done or take the longest….

    Happy New Year and I too am looking forward to a better one…. can you say OBAMA???? I sure hope it’s better..

  8. Bonne Marie says:


    I love the new seam technique but, Lisa, do tell why it isn’t as strong as mattress stitiching.

    Is it too close to the edge?

  9. cute hats! I love the yarn!

  10. Patty says:

    Happy New Year Bonne Marie! Thanks for all you do for us here in the knitting world. To 2009!

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