Friday, April 3, 2015

FO friday

Lately I've noticed a lot of "Finished Object Friday" blog posts,
and since I happen to have a finished object,
and since I remembered that it is Friday...

Please note: this is not a giant hat. 
This is a normal hat on a small styrofoam head.

I made it for the Revive A Vintage challenge being hosted by raveler knitsbyjenn in the Roving Crafters group. It's the 1898 Hat by Kristine Byrnes; a free pattern available along with many others from the Seamen's Church Institute - Christmas at Sea website. I won't donate this one to SCI because they specifically ask for darker/brighter colors, but I will very likely be knitting another in deep blue, which should be perfect to send. 

In fact, this hat is so much fun to knit, it may become my go-to pattern for any single skein of worsted that surfaces in my stash.

Here's a link to my project page on ravelry,
with full knittery details.



on the theme of "finishing"...

I don't usually plan my knitting time;
it's more of a response to insomnia or restlessness.
But I really wanted to finish the 1898 Hat because I have
another project waiting in the wings.

So this past week - when we had two snowstorms
but also a lot of sunshine -
I "scheduled" a couple of afternoons of knitting
and audiobooks, out on the porch.

It looked like this:

You can't see Piper, because she had dragged her cushy bed
right under the legrest of the recliner.
But trust me: she was there.

Despite fresh snowfalls,
overall, the snow is gradually disappearing.
There is still plenty, I hasten to add. Ice, too.
But I am hoping that by the end of April
I will be able to tackle the construction debris
both on and off the porch.
It got "snowed in" months ago,
and there was simply no way to remove it.
But soon.

After a clean-up, the final big step will be
sanding and finishing the porch floor.
Then the interior will be finished.




  1. I like that hat - promptly dashed over to Ravelry and saved the pattern for future reference. Hope your miserable snow soon leaves - guess I shouldn't tell you that ours is mostly gone (but there's more in the forecast).

    1. At this point, snow is sort of entertaining and decorative - in fact, I'm taking a lot of photographs that I haven't had time for during the months of struggling just to manage the chores day after day :)

  2. Yay!!! I love your porch, and I'm so glad that you and Piper are enjoying it. Beautiful hat :)

  3. LOVE the hat - will check it out next. I don't know why, but that last photo of your cozy slippers and socks, and knowing that loveable dog was underfoot (literally), gave me such a warm feeling. Happy Easter, my friend! XOXO

  4. Nice color for the hat. Your porch sure looks cozy despite the cold and snow outside. Sending warm wishes your way. Tammmy

  5. Hats with ear coverings are always popular here, as it's so windy. I thought of you today as I was wearing my darling little knitted scarf. It's very versatile because of it's perfect shape and I wear a lot of blue, lilac and mauve.

    1. Oh, yay, thanks Kath! Nothing makes a knitter happier than hearing that someone is using a knitted item. And I had a pretty good idea that you favor purple ;)

  6. Ooh, yes, nice hat ... It looks perfect for dog walking in :)

  7. You still have snow! The hat looks like a great design; I love keeping both the top of my head warm as well as my ears. I like the felted booties too. I really need me some of those.

  8. Great looking hat! I have a tendency to make my knit hats look like that one, but on a regular-to-large size head. I've learned to take my needle sizes down one or two before starting. The felted slippers look warm and cozy!

  9. I wanted to pop over here and thank you for your v v kind thoughtful comment on my blog about the facebook difficulties I experienced recently. It meant a great deal to me, as did every comment on that post.

    That hat looks wonderful. Can I ask, did you knit those slippers. I have immediate burning slipper envy.

    1. I did indeed knit the slippers, Emma, and you should too! The one thing I forgot to say about the hat: it was almost as easy and fast as those slippers :)

  10. Oh still have snow! There's snow here but only on the mountain, where I hope it'll stay. Love the hat and slippers...the way the hat comes down over the ears...brilliant! Now if you can figure out a way to add a throat cozy to the'll have an all in one.


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