Winter Warmth

Handmade gifts make the holidays extra special for me. There’s just something about creating something to give someone I love that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I decided to knit hats for three of my family members this Christmas, picking out just the right yarn for each and opting for three entirely different patterns. While I could have made things easier on myself by knitting the same pattern three times over, I knew I wanted to make each hat more personal for each of the recipients.

All three hats are made from Knitted Wit worsted weight yarn (bought at Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn, of course) in colorways (from left) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Unicorn Farts and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains is the Photographers Hat, made for my husband. He’s from Tennessee and I thought he would love the yarn. The style of the hat is similar to one he’s had for years.

Unicorn Farts: This might be my favorite of the bunch, and not just because I made it for Miss L. I have already made socks for myself with the Victory Sock version of this yarn, I love it so much. I thought a cable hat would be fun to try and the yarn is just solid enough to show off the cables. The pattern is the Traveling Cable hat and I could not be happier with how it turned out.

Last but not least is the hat I made for my father. The pattern is called Two by Two and it’s just all ribbing. The decreases create a really interesting pattern at the crown. My dad wears a lot of hats (his ball cap collection is unreal) and he loves color so I thought he’d like this yarn. It’s a little bold but it looks great on him and he swears he loves it.

Adventures in Knitting

I never thought I’d knit. I’ve tried a few times in the past — even in the past year — and it never worked. I’ve described it several times as trying to tie my shoes with chopsticks.

But right before Christmas, it just clicked. I was playing around with some yarn and needles and, suddenly, I was knitting. And I pretty much haven’t stopped since.

A sweet friend passed along some cashmere yarn she’d bought, a set of mini skeins, so I hit up Ravelry for pattern ideas. Rather than go with something safe, I decided to try a more interesting project: the Pepperberry Love cowl. Lots of color changes and knitted in the round.  Definitely the thing for someone who’d just learned to knit!

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It was a little challenging and I learned a lot from making it. I stopped a little short because it was more than tall enough. The yarn is soooo soft and I love the different colors that I used. It definitely goes with everything!