So Nice You Do It Twice …

I’ve been knitting seriously for almost 4 years now and although I’ve enjoyed patterns and projects I’ve never had the urge to cast on the same project immediately after casting off the first finished one … NEVER!!!!   That is until this project, the one I call “So Nice You Do It Twice”.   What’s even more mind boggling people is that this project is a lace project.  Yes, you read that right … I said LACE!!!!!!   I’m so confused by it all, I’m not even going to try to explain how and why this has happened.   Even more, I’m not going to try to explain why after making this project, already starting a second one,  I started a lace shawl and will be starting Umaro by Jared Flood  (for my little cousin who is not so little anymore) as he heads to college in the Fall.  Too many things LACE to wrap my head around!!!!  Since I can’t explain it, I’ll just roll with it! 🙂

Project Details:

  • Name: Lace Rib Hat
  • Designer: Universal Yarn Inc.
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 — Worsted weight in Colourway: Pacific
  • Pattern Review: 5 out of 5 stars.   Lace beginner friendly but interesting enough to keep the experienced knitter engaged.  Both written and charted instructions; it’s a four row pattern repeat over a ten stitch count that’s easy to memorize.  Will recommend and make again (already started hat number 2!).

The dimensions given by the pattern maker for the finished object seemed small to me but the lace rib opens up beautifully and is more stretchy than I thought it would be — it fits my big hair perfectly.   The lace pattern accommodates some errrrr … boo boos … but even a beginner knitter would be able to fudge the stitch count, just make sure that’s not done on the outer edge of the stitch repeat (ask me how I know … LOLOL).

This project was an extremely quick knit.  I started it on my final day of a cruise holiday and finished it by the day I got home.   In worsted weight yarn, I pretty much blazed through this project — it was one of those “just one more repeat” projects, really hard to put down.  Now that it’s done, my biggest decision is which pom pom color works best with it … tell me what you think in the comments!  😉

Rib Lace Beanie


Rib Lace Beanie

All in all, it was a wonderfully quick knit to get my crafty juices flowing again while trying to apartment hunt so I can get away from my new neighbors aka “The Loudest Ratchets Evah!” I’ve lived here for 10 years and they moved in less than 6 months ago 🙄  I guess it’s true what they say “all it takes is one person to mess things up for everybody”.  So in the meantime, as I try to not go nuts while packing and apt hunting, there’s always knitting lace to keep me sane!  😀

Red With A Little Grey On The Side

Okay … so this inconsistent blogging is getting on my nerves and it has to stop.   LOLOL!   I’ve been cheating with Instagram; it’s so insta!  😀

Once again I have to say, although I haven’t been posting here, I’ve been crafting.   Crafting has been such a refuge these days while job hunting, it really has been helping me unwind after the daily search.   But let’s get to the projects:

first up is the first cross stitch project I’ve finished.  Maaaan … this thing was a dream.  Once I found my rhythm it was zen.  This piece was made for the front of a card for my friend who’s birthday is on Valentine’s day and she’s also a crafter and a Potterhead.  For those of you who are not Harry Potter fans, the sign is the Deathly Hallows (book 6).

Deathly Hallows Cross Stitch

It didn’t take me long … maybe about 1.5 hours and it was an absolute delight.  It was an internet freebie and it’s certainly piqued my interest in cross stitching.  So much so … errr … let’s just say, I fell down another rabbit hole!  LOLOL!

The next project I’m working on is the ever popular Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure.   My goal is to finish it is by Saturday.  I’ll show it off then.

Sockhead Hat

How divine is this Madeline Tosh yarn?  Can you believe I almost gave it away?  I tried to sell this so many times, I just couldn’t get rid of it.  I need my head checked right?  It’s just so divine with this pattern.  I can’t wait to finish it, complete with a very large pom pom.  😀

And of course, these days, there’s no crafting for me that doesn’t include dyeing.  I’ve been messing around with natural dyeing and with acid dyes.  So much fun.   For this project, I was shooting for a semi solid grey and I think this works:

The Grey Lady

Meet “The Grey Lady”.   Not sure what she is going to be,  I’m just going to wait for her to tell me.

I thinks that it for now … until next time — happy crafting.  😀