Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Straun: Too much rock for one state

Well hello! By now I'd imagine my absence for over month is [unfortunately] seen as nothing out of the ordinary. Though no excuse is a good excuse, I can say that I've been so wrapped up in the new semester and Project 365 that my poor blog has gone by the wayside.

On the positive side? It means I have quite a bit share! These next few posts might be slightly out of order as far as finishing dates go, but I promise they all happened within the last month. First up? Straun:

Pattern: Straun
Designer: Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted - Blue graphite (.8 skeins)
Needles: US #5 Addi Turbos
Time to knit: 1/26 - 2/5
Made for: Darren aka Darius Twin
Level of love: total BAMFness

I had been itching to cast on for this hat for quite a while, but (as is often the case with knitting projects) just because I see something I love doesn't mean I'll then have a use for it upon its completion. Luckily, I was able to find an open and willing recipient who possessed the "cool factor" necessary to pull this hat off (unlike me pictured below...*ahem*).

Technique-wise, this project has added a few to the belt. First of all, the invisible loop cast on method. It was a tad on the tricky side initially, but lent itself well to the final product (plus the links in the pattern were very helpful). Because the hat was knit from the top down, it ended with the hemming of the brim portion. Mind you, that process involved grafting 105 live stitches up inside a hat that needed to be kept even vertically while also minding the hem length & brim tension. FUN!

All things considered, however, I really love how this hat turned out and am very (very) pleased with the final product. I'm not 100% certain, but from the looks of it, it would appear the recipient is too!

(Photos & artistry below are a product of Darren Pearson!)
Glad you like it Darren, you rock.

And what's to come? Looks to me like a hat, a pair of mittens, and *gasp* a lace shawl-- Hooooo boy!


amanda said...

Love the brim on this hat!

And I've been looking at your gorgeous Ishbel over on Flickr - I may be tempting to cast on now!

Yarndude said...

Welcome back! One question, what are you doing blogging at three in the morning?! The hat looks awesome, all that extra work really paid off.

Carolyn said...

I love the name of your blog! And what a great friend you are. That is one great hat!

Julia said...

Cute boys deserve cute hats! Good job!

Kelly said...

ahhh he does look rather good in it doesn't he?? :)
I was thinking you'd been MIA for quite some time!

Kara said...

Is it just me, or are you always knitting for really hot guys? The hat is fab! And so is your photo shoot.

Aunt Kathy said...

That last photo is great, how did you do that?

Erin said...

Love the hat. It looks awesome on you both.

knithound brooklyn said...

oh, he is much cuter wearing that hat. And that's sayin' somthing!

Twin XL said...

Not sure if you do, but have you ever sold your items on Etsy? I think you'd have good luck with it :)