And although it's the heat of the summer, those hats don't knit themselves. So I spent some time in the stash, selecting yarns for my in-car and around-the-house knitting, figuring that I would knit at least a dozen hats. I wound lots of balls of handspun and pulled yarns that I don't always grab because they are fairly small gauge. But when you are stuck in the car and have limited choices, you will use the small yarns and needles.
Then I did something kind of naughty. I grabbed some sock yarn. Pretty blue & green self striping sock yarn. Sock yarn is so very small and light and I might could reach my hat goal . Besides, I like to knit socks - even when I am so finished with the sock of the month plan. Six is enough. Really!
Then some other yarn snuck into my tub. Did I tell you about the killer fiber yard sale a few weeks back where I ended up with a newish Lendrum spinning wheel and a shopping bag full of yarn? One of the yarns was 6 skeins of Peace Fleece worsted in an earthy greenish tweed called Grass Roots. A sweater was already started and I was pretty sure that the pattern was Melissa Bare's Garter Yoke Cardi [rav link], but because my gauge didn't match the original gauge, I abandoned that idea. Only 2 days into the trip I cast on for the Knitting Pure and Simple top down cardi #9725. I've had this pattern for years, even have the yarn to knit it, but somehow it never knitted itself. I knit most of the yoke, then put it aside because, I'M SUPPOSED TO BE KNITTING HATS, DARN IT! Besides I seem to be a bit off gauge so need to make the yoke section longer and needed to refer to EZ or Barbara Walker (which I had in a suitcase pocket but didn't find until I got home).
There is so big reveal here - kind of a lame results show. I ended up with...
- Seven hats
- About 40% of one sock -- most of the cuff.
- About 80% of the raglan section of a top down cardi - probably about 22.7% of the sweater. Sounds much more scientific that not quite 25%, eh?