Just a hat kinda day.

All the lavender pinks to the front please.

I think this will be the 4th or 5th Oslo Hat I’ve made, first one with the updated pattern from March 2021. Mostly because I’m curious on what’s different ..and with chilly mornings & evenings setting in, it feels extra cozy to make woolly things.

I’m holding two strands of fingering weight together (like the pattern suggests), but I’m using two different colors for a soft marked effect. Cute boring stuff happening here.

Ok, first thing, the fold up brim is now joined on the needles instead of sewn, and honestly I kinda missed the whipstitched join of the original (this of course comes from someone who enjoys hand sewing), even still, I had a little bit of a tough time picking up stitches, because it’s not provisionally cast on (which gives you live stitches to work with), so you are literally just picking up a stitch in each cast on stitch and knitting it together with the stitch on the needle. Bonus – there is a video if you need assistance and you only use one circular needle ..but it’s tight work, like real tight. Also, I really hate the messy ball stage, ugh..

P. S I made the oranges smell like oranges! 🍊

16 rows deep, the hustle is setting in. I have to use a counter so I don’t f-up the decreases, not really for keeping count, just for knowing if I’m on an even or odd numbered round. ODD = remember to do the flipping decreases, EVEN = you’re doing great doing nothing. Oh, and remember when there aren’t many stitches left, stop and re-read the pattern, you’re almost done and there is a good chance in your race to finish, you will screw this up.

It’s funny, this is also the point where I really push the limits to see how few stitches I can continue to work using my 16″ circulars, before giving in and switching to double points, I don’t know why that switch out seems like such a damn chore.

The only other notable difference between the original Oslo and the updated pattern are the decrease stitches, it’s a different combo and there is now a stitch between them. I like the feathered look of them.

Squishy, freckled and done.

Todays Cakes

Roaming the already caked yarn stash. I go here first, it’s like the least risky option, even though some of my most favorite are in here, they are somehow less prized once caked. Cake stash happens when I get super excited for a new project and I want to use my best yarns, so I pull out the bins, start digging, fall in love, spin it up and then I don’t/can’t start on my project right away, and then by the time I can, I don’t want to anymore. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Two stash cakes used and I’m so pleased ♡

Pattern : Pink Pirate by Elena Fedotova (link takes you to ravelry).

Yarn: (discontinued) Madelinetosh Feather, colorways – Scratched Record & Wild Flowers.

When the cakes just aren’t inspiring, I head to the full skeins, I especially enjoy coming across those beautiful odd balls from way back when I first started crocheting & knitting. I built most of my stash in those early years, buying one of things, freaking out over the price of yarn, having no clue what was what and just going for what made me scream inside (I still kind of do that!). Over the years I’ve trimmed down and donated skeins that weren’t right for me anymore, variety let’s you learn what you like and now I’m pickier & (mostly) happier than ever.

Never quite sure what to expect from variegated yarn. Could be good, could be bad!

Oh good, today I got watercolors ♡

Pattern: Baggy Hat by PetiteKnit (link takes you to ravelry).

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, colorway – Milky Spite.