leap day

stella artsy.jpg

I couldn’t resist posting today, especially since I didn’t want to wait another four years at the chance of a 2/29 post. unfortunately, my knitting mojo has left the room and I haven’t really touched 28thirty till earlier today. I’ve been busy doing and worrying about other things to care about the big, gaping hole I have at the sleeve or that I’m this close to being done with the body. so really, all I have for you today are some random knits I’ve finished in the last few months that I just never bothered to blog. the unbloggables if you wish. really this is going to turn out to be the post you get sick of the top of my head.

hat and stole.jpg
pattern: robin’s egg blue hat
yarn: shokay pure yak down in azure
needles: 5.5 mm, 16″

I knit this hat back in december after finishing everything else on the needles and noticing I didn’t really own any cool hats. this used up only half a hank of the yak (or shambala as apparently it’s known as now) and knit up in a couple of hours. I loved it right away, except I wore it during one of those wintry mix/ ice storms and the hat ended up stretching out a bit. every time I put it on now it just feels like it wants to fall off. I’ll probably knit it again with a different cast on number or with smaller needles.

as an aside, the scarf in the photo is amy’s stolen moment wrap. I haven’t had a chance to take a proper photo of it only because I’ve been wearing it all the time. I didn’t even bother to block it. I used about three hanks of pear tree merino 12 ply in natural and 8mm needles.

koolhaas.jpg
pattern: koolhaas
yarn: shokay pure yak down in dusty wind
needles. 4mm and 5mm, 16″
mod: knit “man’s” version with one less repeat

I finally made a hat for the husband that he approves of! as much as I love the end result of this hat though, I hated knitting it. all those crossed stitches killed my wrist and I never got the flow of the pattern till the very end. unlike most of you, this will be the one and only version of this hat I make.

stella hat.jpg

pattern: stella’s hat
yarn: malabrigo merino worsted in natural
needles: 5mm, 16″

I loooove this hat! it knit up super quick and it’s just a quirky enough for people to know it wasn’t store bought. I’ll probably knit this again, but in a yarn other than malabrigo. I can pretty much say, I’m sick of single ply yarns and their ugly pilling ways. it’s not bad at all on this hat, but let’s just say there’s a cardigan that looks pretty worn already in my drawer.

stella top.jpg

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  • joan February 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Leap day rocks. But those fos are all even cooler–I have to agree about the Koolhaas,I’m making one and I sorta wish I could just do one of my mindless, two hour stockinette hats instead. I guess the lack of rhythm is offset by how cool the finished product looks.

  • Leah February 29, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Ha! I had to post on leap day too! I suppose great minds think alike!
    I’m so all about hats right now & yours are inspiring (as always). Between you & Sandra, I need to knit a Stella hat!
    Don’t tell me your asymmetrical cable cardi is already pilling?!?! Though even if you tell me, I’ll still be knitting one, I do have all that mal just waiting….
    Happy leap day! I hope things calm down soon & your mojo returns!!!

  • carrie m February 29, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    wish i’d thought to post on leap day! oh well, too late.
    those are some mighty fine hats, ms. y!

  • Wanett March 1, 2008 at 12:52 am

    They all look great. I especially love the photo with the stole and blue hat. I was just on Ravelry looking for a cool hat to make and I had forgotten about all of these except the Stella hat. Off to look for yarn 🙂

  • Wanda March 1, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Oh, I’m not tired of seeing the top of your head. Lovely hats all of them. I especially love the hat in robin’s egg blue, but it could be because your eyes look luminous in that shade.

  • gleek March 1, 2008 at 8:14 am

    i was thinking about posting on leap day and i forgot! oh well.. that stella’s hat is so cute! the more i see it the more i want to knit it, despite the fact that i JUST knit a hat. probably a good way to bring on spring 🙂

  • Ingrid March 2, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I love your Stella’s Hat. So sorry about the pilling. Please let me know, how would it look on those of us that are “larger of head”?

  • melissa March 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    !!! stella !!!
    i was having a crappy day and the first photo totally cheered me up.
    i love all three hats, you look great in them!

  • stacey March 3, 2008 at 7:12 am

    a trio of great hats! I haven’t knit a koolhaas yet either – I’m worried about all those twisted stitches. Stella’s hat is super cute – that one I may have to make!

  • Ninabeena March 3, 2008 at 9:05 am

    great hats and i love that stole. Koolhas has been on the list to knit for a long while I rally like yours the stitches really pop so dramatically. great

  • yaiAnn March 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Hats and more hats! I was just commenting on Leah’s blog about my beret that will never be.. boo!

  • tiennie March 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Happy belated leap day! Those are pretty pretty hats!

  • jenna March 4, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Love all the hats! Sorry to hear that Koolhaas made your hands hurt. 🙁 But the finished product is so beautiful it makes me want to try it anyway!

  • Teyani March 5, 2008 at 11:13 am

    You look mahhhvelous in hats!
    I especially love the robin’s egg blue hat –
    Leap Day posts are such fun – I had plans for that too, but “Mr. Flu” had other ideas for occupying my time (hah!)
    I look forward to more shots and details about that yummy scarf.

  • Steph March 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Love your hat parade! Haven’t knit a stitch for awhile either, maybe a hat will get me back in the groove..

  • Nonnahs March 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Great hats! I’ve got the Robin’s Egg Blue hat in my queue and am working on a Koolhaas. Hadn’t seen Stella before, so thanks!

  • michaela March 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Cool hats! I love the Robin’s Egg hat. It makes your eyes look HUGE!!

  • Phyllis March 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Your knitting is wonderful. Love all the hats.