Knitting stuff and going on and on.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sort of Ribbed.

A simple hat that has great texture. The lighting isn't all that great so you may have to click to enlarge in order to get a better view.

I used Jameson's Shetland Wool in worsted. I think it's colour number 65 on the Jumper Weight colour card. It's knit in 5mm (US size 8) needles and takes one skein or less depending on the size you want. This one fits a woman's size medium head.

Cast on 80 sts (it needs to be an even number if you are making a larger or smaller hat). Divide over 4 needles and join to knit in the round.

Round 1: K1, P1 around
Round 2: Knit

Repeat those two rounds to desired length. I knit to about 5". End with a knit round.

Begin decrease rounds. You will be decreasing on the K1, P1 round. Divide the number of stitches on each needle in half. The middle four stitches will be the decrease stitches.

Work until you get to the first two of the middle four. If the last stitch you worked was a purl stitch, you will want your decrease to look like a knit stitch. Do this by cabling the two stitches so that the knit stitch stays in the front, then knit the two together. The next two will be a purl. Cable the two stitches so that the purl stitch stays in the front and purl the two together. (If the last stitch worked before the decrease stitches was a knit, you will need to keep the purl stitch in front for the first decrease and the knit stitch in front for the second decrease.)

Knit the next round.

Repeat those two rounds until you have four stitches left on each needle. Break yarn and thread tail through remaining live stitches, draw up tight and weave in end to secure. Weave in cast on end.

Enjoy new hat!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Good Find.

I often hear people saying that the difference between living together and marriage is a piece of paper. Maybe for some that is the only difference but for me this paragraph I found in a book sums up the real difference and the reason I told the Mr. that I wouldn't live with him unless he married me.


(Mrs. Antrobus speaking to her husband of many years): "I didn't marry you because you were perfect, George. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. (She takes off her ring and looks at it.) That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the difference."


"The Skin of Our Teeth" - Thornton Wilder

There may be some knitting some day. I actually managed to finish a project for the first time in many months.

Monday, November 10, 2008

We have forgotten.

Once upon a time many people knew exactly what Remembrance Day was for and why we needed it. Now many are complaining because it is a holiday for some people and not for others. They think we should all be at work if they have to be there.

I understand that it is difficult to find childcare if their Daycare is closed and their place of work is not. But don't get mad and say that the Daycare should be open. Get mad and say that your place of work should be closed.

Too often we take for granted the reason we have the half day. Attendance at parades and ceremonies is minimal. Of course the cold doesn't help with that, but if it was warm and sunny, would they then come?

Remembrance Day is not about war, it is about the end of war. The atrocities are brought out to remind us why ending war is so vital. Why no more soldiers should suffer through them so we can live in our ease surrounded by our comforts.

Peace to you on this day. May it be peace for all someday when we as a human race remember that war has more losers than winners. More grief and suffering than joy and celebration. That even those who lived to see the end of a war, never stop living the deaths and destruction.