Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hatamaran 2016: I'm on a BOAT!


A few weeks ago, my friend Sara and I were hanging out and talking about our yarn stashes - y'know, as one does - and the topic of a hat challenge came up. I had just finished some work knitting, and she was in between projects, so we decided to come up with some projects and a silly name featuring a boat pun (cause why not), and thus:

HATAMARAN 2016 was born!

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Our challenge, if we chose to accept it:

5 hat patterns of our choice.
5 skeins of yarn each.
7 days.

Did we do it? HECK YEAH WE DID.

(I may or may not have gotten too big for my britches and cast on for an extra Hatamaran project, and theeeennnnn I might have been up until 2 am the night we finished because of my stunning brilliance and foresight... but we're not going to talk about that.)

And so, without further ado, here are the HATAMARANS: conveniently organized from least to most silly!


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Pattern: Talus by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Bello Worsted, colorway Ogre
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Pattern: Reversus by The Restless Knitter
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, colorway Sugar Plum
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Pattern: Lazlo Beanie by Danielle Morgan
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Cachet, colorway Steel Horse
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Pattern: Pip by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Black Trillium Fibre Studio Pebble Worsted, colorway Super Happy Fun!
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saracamasfo1 corycamas

Pattern: Camas by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted MCN, colorway Rainwater
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Pattern: Camas by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: House of A La Mode Stunning DK, colorway Forest Nymph
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Pattern: Cairn by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran, colorway Good Old Days
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Pattern: Cairn by Cory Ellen Boberg
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, colorway Edison Bulb
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Pattern: Lolo by Jared Flood
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Scholar 2.0, colorway Magnet and Steel
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Pattern: Fidra by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha, colorway Plomo

And because I had an extra Hatamaran project, here's the last one!

Pattern: Breony by Kat Riddell
Yarn: Black Trillium Fibre Studio Quadra, colorway Black Opal


Hope you all had as much fun following along - in this post or on Instagram - as we did sending each other photos of hats and boat puns! :D

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pattern Release: Lelia Hat

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Way back when I was still in design school, I sketched a cute little hat with a coffee bean pattern on it, and was positively smitten with the idea of it.

Fast forward a couple of years, and that same motif kept on coming up in my sketchbook, again and again. So when I volunteered to work up a design for the Fiber Gallery at Madrona this last year, I was super delighted to find the right balance of yarn and design to finally make the idea come to life, in the form of the Lelia Mitts.

But in my head, Lelia was always meant to be a hat, too. So I put that idea in the back of my noggin for a second while I finished up some other projects, thinking that I'd get back to it as soon as they were finished.

And thennnnnn we got a puppy. (Good-bye, free time! Hello, adorable poop-troll!)

But once the Corgmonster had finally settled in a bit more, and learned important commands like "sit," stay," and "holy crackers, dog, don't put that in your mouth" - a constant work in progress, let's be real -  the Lelia Hat seemed like a great way to get back to it.

Knit up in the same yarns and colorways as the Lelia Mitts, with the same gorgeous color changes of Dyed in the Wool, this hat was like a little potato chip of happiness coming off my needles.

And today, the Lelia Hat pattern is finally ready for its debut! Hooray!

It's available for download for $5.00, or you can check out the details on Ravelry on the Lelia Hat pattern page.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pattern Release: Chiral

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Happy news today, friends - the Chiral cowl is now available for download in my Ravelry store!

The idea for the design started as an experiment in symmetry, and turned into a bright, kicky piece of 3-D smooshiness when I knitted it up in Spincycle Yarns Knit Fast, Die Young, in the colorway Gold Digger. (Just in case I haven't mentioned it enough times, the badass ladies over at Spincycle have my color number on speed-dial!)

So whether you have 100 yards of super-bulky chilling in your stash, or you've been eyeing that Spincycle-y goodness, this pattern is a quick, fun way to play with color and shape.

Chiral is available for download for $4.00, or you can check out the details on Ravelry on the Chiral pattern page.

Big thanks to my test knitter Sara, who helped tweak the wording to make it a better pattern and took her Chiral on a fun field trip to Port Ludlow! I love it when my patterns are well-traveled. :D

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Design Notebook: Lelia Hat

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I've had the idea for a companion hat to the Lelia Mitts since the very beginning, but have been super sidetracked recently with work deadlines, classes, and various family stuff. I finally cast on for the sample last week, but after working the colorwork band and a few stripes, I tried it on and found out that it had some problems - too big in the ribbing, and maybe too big in the body too. Either way, not what I wanted.

So today I grabbed some turquoise and green stash yarn in the right weight, and cast on for a second hat to give myself a sanity check, by comparing the two hats without ripping out the first one. I knew that I should try that ever since I started last week, but was feeling disheartened by how far off the sample looked from my vision of it.

Of course, the answer was right there all along: go down a needle size. Chop off a pattern repeat. And suddenly, the thing that looked so sad to me this morning has regained its possibility, that it could have that thing that makes it feel special and right. I was fighting it, because it takes a certain amount of work to admit defeat and try again - but it almost always seems to be worth it in the end.



In other news, our little Corglet has officially completed her first class at doggie school! She's already way more attentive and happy than she was when we started, and we're finally starting to feel like we're communicating properly with each other - even though we still have a lot of work to do.

And Corglet happiness is positively contagious! (Just look at that face... sheesh, dog, you're the frigging cutest.)

Happy Wednesday, friends!