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March 5, 2005

Round and round on circular needles

I finally started my first knitting-in-the-round project on circular needles, oh yes I did. It's a pink multicolor hat. I have a pattern (I really do) but of course I decided the pattern wasn't as cool as I am, and once I got the hang of working with the circular needles, I made up my own pattern as I went along.

Or, at least I thought I had the hang of working with circular needles.

Halfway through my completed hat (Yes! I'm making a hat! Breaking out of the rectangle and making me a hat!) I discovered that I was knitting it inside out. Ahem. Luckily it's just a hat and you can turn that sucker right side out no problemma.

The best part of this circular knitting thing... drumroll please... when you knit in the round, in some magical, mystical way you use the simple knit stitch (no purls needed!) all the way around and yet it makes the most beautiful, even stockinette pattern you have ever seen. Magic!

The bad news is my freeform Who-Needs-A-Pattern? ways have made the hat slightly lopsided. I was just decreasing wherever the moment felt right and now there's a distinct, um, ridge in my roll-brim hat. It's only truly noticeable to me, but I think I'm going to rip the whole thing and start over. There's something oddly soothing about knowing you can mess up, rip, and start fresh. There is a metaphor in there for my life but let's just take another sip of merlot and not think to hard, shall we?

My nearly-completed hat before I rip it out and try again:


I'm making Shannon a hat next, after I finish mine. Hats are amazing. Feel the same pride I would get from curing cancer.

P.S. No class attendance today either because I had to take Roy to the doctor. Will I ever return to class? How can I be the truly obsessed knitter of my dreams if I'm the one teaching myself from a book?

Posted by laurie at March 5, 2005 5:00 PM