Friday, July 22, 2011

FO Friday: Stash yarn + free pattern = Simple Pleasures

   Before I tell you about my latest FO, I just have to share an incident that happened in my kitchen earlier this week.  A few nights ago, my son was doing the dinner dishes and my husband was getting ready for bed.  Left to my own devices, I sat down to peruse Ravelry and read knitting blogs.

Here is the conversation I overheard between my guys when my DH came back into the room:

DH:  What's she looking at?
DS:  What do you think she's looking at?
DH:  (upon seeing pics of knit items on the computer screen)  Oh.
DS:  I swear, she's obsessed with knitting!
DH:  It's not so much that she's obsessed, it's that she's (pause). . . . Well, no, you're right.  She's obsessed.
DS:  It's an illness!

The conversation reminded me of the Never Not Knitting theme song that my friend (and fellow knitter) Jeanne introduced me to.  It cracked me up, and I'm sure you can all relate:


So, perhaps I am taking this knitting, blogging, and Ravelry addiction a little too far?
Nah.  There are worse things to be addicted to.

The good news is that while getting my Ravelry fix that night, I found this free pattern that is not only a good stash buster, but also makes a simple and comfy winter hat:

Pattern:  Simple Pleasures Hat from Purl Soho
Source:  free pattern from The Purl Bee  (Ravelry link here)
Materials:  I used Pigeonroof Studios Siren Two Sock in "Gilded Oak", some leftover Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and US 7 & 8 needles.
Modifications:  The hat is designed to be slouchy.  I wanted mine to be a little more snug so I went down 1 size from the recommended needles, and knit the crown of the hat a little shorter.  I only used about half a skein of each of the yarns, and my hat is still very roomy.

Even though it is too warm to wear right now, it was a great small knitting project for summertime.  I will probably do some stash diving to come up with at least one more color combination.  Finding the pattern was worth getting teased about my addiction to browsing knitting websites!

Click here to see what other fiber junkies have obsessed over this week.  Have a good weekend!

25 comments:

  1. That conversation between your husband and son cracked me up! I definitely thunk there are worse things to be addicted to!

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  2. Definitely worse things to be addicted to - at least knitting is productive ;) Love the hat, might have to use it for some stash busting of my own!

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  3. Love the song, going to play it for my OH later when he gets home from work. "Its cheaper than drugs" is my stock comment when I get whinged at for my knitting obssession :D. Super hat, love the colour combo and looks lovely and warm.

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  4. Looks awesome! Very cool colors, you are going to rock the streets in winter ;) Have a great weekend!
    xo,
    wink

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  5. It will definitely keep you warm in winter! And as for the conversation. My Husband says that knitting is my first husband he is just the second!

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  6. Oh wow, you can just see how warm and comfy it is from the pictures.

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  7. That's so funny!!! That conversation could be had in a lot of our houses, I think! ;-D That song cracks me up too!! Lovely hat and I like the colors you chose!

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  8. Love the hat - it looks really cozy! I think my DS would understand what your DS was on about but I don't think my DH would be so sympathetic! LOL!

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  9. I'm giggling at your Overheard at My House conversation---if crafting is an illness, it's the best one ever. :)

    And that hat looks amazing. Your un-slouching worked beautifully, it looks comfy and pretty and the colours are just perfect.

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  10. Cute hat. I'm with you about slouchy hats; your mods seem to have the desired result.

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  11. Great looking hat. Looks so nice and warm, and soft.

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  12. I hope I can wear knitted hats in Florida. This one is too cute.

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  13. I am so glad my husband has no problem with me knitting. He says he prefers it to me being on the computer, since I'm more able to hold a conversation if I'm knitting. If I'm on the computer or watching TV, I become too distracted to talk.

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  14. My husband also prefers it to me being on the laptop as it's quieter!

    The hat looks fabulously cosy and comfy! :)

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  15. ah that song is too funny!!! :)
    I love the yarn you used for the hat. It looks so soft and I love the colors.

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  16. The hat turned out out great! That song and the conversation between your DS and DH were too funny!

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  17. I've got the illness too! And oh em gee I had never heard that theme song before. What a riot!

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  18. Love the hat and for what it's worth my family think I'm strange too!!

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  19. Thanks so much for showing this hat. It's adorable and I just added it to my queue! You look great in it.

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  20. Hehe...glad I'm not alone as my family thinks I'm nuts! ;) Love that hat! It looks so soft and warm!

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  21. Too funny!
    I think your hat is adorable and well done on destashing :o)

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  22. love the song. I have hid yarn from the cat in the refrigerator before! Great hat. It is best to knit for the next season. At least that is what i tell myself.

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  23. I love the colors of that hat, it looks perfect for fall, almost like an acorn!

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  24. The hat is nice!

    Thanks for sharing the song, too. I can definitely relate. I have been getting rid of "stuff" so that I can reallocate all our plastic bins to fiber-related storage :-)

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  25. That hat looks so wonderfully cosy!

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