April 25, 2013

Life via Instagram - Mini Vacation


A few shots via Instagram from our mini-vacation to Asheville.

1- Azteca Restaurant for lunch - so delicious!
2 - Chimney Rock hiking
3- Bookstore browsing.
4 - As viewed in the bookstore
5- Yarn Paradise selection.  I scored something amazing!
7 - Graveyard Fields waterfalls... and my superman.
9 - Overlook of Buck Springs Gap at Mt. Pisgah
10 - Squishy face at the waterfalls
11 - Looking Glass Falls - amazing!
12- A great purchase at Yarn Paradise.


April 17, 2013

Five Wood Golf Club Cover

This was one of those quick and easy kind of projects.  A relaxing project.  Something to help me not stress. The only problem... I don't golf, or have need of a golf club cover... but I do know a certain guy who loves golf. He has mentioned once before that it would cool to have a hand-knit golf club cover (although he might have been sarcastically speaking!). So, why not!

This is one of the few projects that I followed the pattern exactly.  Not a single modification. Not even on the color changes. I even did a swatch to make sure I was right on gauge.  It was a bit of a gamble for me -I have no idea what a five wood is or if this would even fit (I'm still not sure since I haven't heard from him if it fits or not) - so I stuck to the pattern and hoped for the best.

I think it turned out pretty cool - and hopefully not too "old school" for the golf course.  Even if it doesn't get used, I still had fun making it.
 Ravelry Project Page
Pattern - Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho (free)
Yarn - Knitpicks Swish DK in green and gray. Both colors were leftovers from previous projects so I can't remember the colorways - I think the green was a green apple (discontinued) and the gray is Marble Heather - But I can't say for certain.
Needles - US 5, 6 and 8
Date Started - February 7, 2013
Date Finished - February 9, 2013
Made For - Greg (BIL)
Size - to fit for a Five Wood club .
Mods - Surprisingly, I actually knit this according to the pattern. No mods. Not even on the color changes.

March 15, 2013

First FO of 2013 - Burberry Inspired Cowl

Now that I'm finally finished with showing off all the hats I knit for Christmas, I can finally begin with the recently completed projects... and it's only the middle of March - I'm totally on track this year.

After my crazy two months of knitting nothing but hats, I was in a non-knitting mood. Or rather, a non-hat knitting mood. D suggested I start a new project. In his mind, he was hinting to me to knit him some socks. But in my mind, it was the perfect opportunity to start the Burberry Cowl. (Don't worry, I'm working on socks for the hubs, he no longer has to send out the subtle hints)

I saw this knit up as a shop sample in my LYS and immediately fell in love with it.  I knew I wanted to use Malabrigo, because honestly, what else would I use? I only had one skein of merino worsted in this bright pink (Cactus Flower) so I made some modifications to the pattern to fit the yardage that I had.  Here's what I did:

I cast on using a provisional cast on, and I knit the pattern repeat with 28 rows, instead of the 30 the pattern calls for. I moved the cable rounds to row 9 and 23, and I knit the repeat for 5 rounds. I decided to block it before I closed it into a cowl, which I'm really glad I did it that way. Much easier to block evenly. After it was done blocking, I used the Kitchener Stitch to graft the two ends together.

Just like that I was finished! This was the perfect project to knit after all the hats. It was simple, yet interesting enough with the cable rounds,  and the end product is AMAZING! I love it! I think this one might work it’s way up to the top of my favorites list.  There is just something so nice about having some Malabrigo Merino Worsted wrapped around your neck. 

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Burberry Inspired Cowl by Julianne Smith - free pattern.
Date Started: January 1, 2013
Date Finished: January 5, 2013 (started to block); January 8, 2013 - grafted together and finished
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Cactus Flower
Needles: US size 8 - straights
Instagramed: Here and Here
Modifications: Provisional CO, knit the pattern repeat with 28 rows, and completed 5 rounds of the repeat. Knit cable rounds on row 9 and 23.

March 6, 2013

Cabled Alpaca Tam


The last of the Christmas hats! Finally!

This beautiful hat was made special for my sister. She wanted something that wouldn't squish her hair, so a beanie type hat was out. I really love my Rikke hat (but didn't want to make another one just yet)  and knew that a similar slouchy type hat would be perfect for my sister.

Once I saw this cabled hat pattern, I immediately added it to the "to make one day" list. You can purchase the pattern directly from Linda, or if you buy the yarn from her, the pattern is included free.  Since I had already found this yarn, I just purchased the pattern. Linda was very helpful and the delivery was quick.

Overall, I really enjoyed this pattern. I will most definitely be making another one - hopefully for me this time.  I think a yarn that holds shape a little better (maybe a 100% wool like suggested in the pattern or - Um... Malabrigo) would be perfect for this pattern. This alpaca yarn (which I adore!) drapes beautifully so it still works well. The biggest problem I had with this yarn is that it photographs horribly.  I had the hardest time getting an accurate representation of the color. The first photo is the closest to the accurate color.

And that, my friends, is the end of the Christmas Hats of 2012!

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern - Frog Tree Merino Melange Cabled Tam by Linda LaBelle
Yarn - Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca in Crimson

Needles - US 6 (brim), and US 8 (body)
Date Started - December 1, 2012
Date Finished - December 9, 2012

March 4, 2013

Christmas via Instagram


Christmas vacation via Instagram. 
(follow us on Instagram at thebiasedboulder)

Top to bottom, left to right.
 
1-Silly boy, photo bomb.
2- Early morning sunrise at the beach.
3- Anyone order some Martinelli's? . There was a major sale.
4 - Exploring the beach for seashells.
5- First trip to Leopold's.
6- Southern menu: Featured Appetizer ... Fried Gator Tail 
7 - Pretty bird soaking up the sun.
8- Peach cider stand "Quick, pull over!"
9 - The Battery - Charleston, SC
10- SNOBS
11 - The worst traffic of my life
12 - Yarn bombing as spotted in Savannah, GA

March 2, 2013

Christmas in Hilton Head South Carolina

This past Christmas, D and I went to Hilton Head South Carolina to celebrate. I must say, it didn't really feel like Christmas when we were playing on the beach and running in the waves! Growing up, there was always snow for Christmas, so it felt really different...but different in a good way.
Hilton Head - watching the sunrise.
We were able to get enough time off work that we could spend a whole week in South Carolina. Then we decided to leave an extra day early and spent the night in Charleston, SC. We have spent the past two years in Charleston over Thanksgiving, but since we would be in Hilton Head for Christmas, we skipped it this year. We really enjoy exploring Charleston, and we tried to make the most of our one day there. I think if we had the opportunity, we'd move to Charleston - that's how much we love it. We spent time on the boardwalk, the battery, downtown, and of course managed to find our way to SNOBS.  Our favorite restaurant!  I would eat here every day if I could.

In Hilton Head, we got a great condo near the beach and near the wildlife preserve. It was really fun to see all the different birds and animals around. Although we didn't see any, there are apparently alligators that live there. I think it was a little too cold for them during December. On our first day there, we heard these hawks out in the trees and noticed one that was just next to our balcony. They were so beautiful and we spent a good half hour watching them.  There were actually two, a larger one (the male) and a smaller one (the female).
We spent some time at the beach just exploring, running early in the mornings, searching for seashells (there were none) and even waking up early to see the sunrise. This was probably one of the highlights for me. I love to see the sunrise and sunset, but in Raleigh there are so many trees, we don't get to see the sunrise or set very often.  This time, the sun did not disappoint! It was worth the effort to wake up early and stand on the beach when it was freezing (or at least for us southerners it was cold). 
Sunrise at Hilton Head
Sunrise at Hilton Head
Sunrise at Hilton Head
Hilton Head is relatively close to Savannah, Georgia. So we spent a few days exploring Savannah.  It is a toss up between Savannah and Charleston as to which is my favorite.  Although we only spent three days in Savannah, it really is an amazing town and I wouldn't mind spending more time there.

During one of our daily trips to Savannah, we visited the Wormsloe Historic Plantation. Just arriving to this old historic plantation is a site to see. As you enter the site, you drive down the road that is lined with oak trees covered in Spanish Moss. It was just breathtaking and really impressive to see.  We were able to walk around and see the old home site, the swampy inlet that they guarded during the wars, and see a live demo of rifle shooting. Pretty impressive! D even helped us discover a new trail while we were roaming the site. 
Entering Wormsloe Historic Site
View of the inlet via the wide angle.
Discovering a new trail.
Exiting the plantation.
 During our second visit to Savannah, we were able to stop and see the Peacemaker Marine Ship. The ship was built in southern Brazil by an Italian family of boat builders, using traditional methods and the finest tropical hardwoods. The ship was first launched in 1989. The ship sails around and docks at different ports where you can tour the ship. D has actually already visited the ship when it was in Wilmington a few years ago. His family was visiting and they spent the day at the beach and managed to tour the ship.  I wasn't able to go because of work, so I was really excited to be able to visit in in Savannah.
The sails.
D on the Peacemaker with the bridge to Savannah in the background.
Can you spot D?
 Our third trip to Savannah was probably the most memorable. During our first visit, we ate at this ice cream shop called Leopold's. It was so amazing, that we went back for a second time. This ice cream shop was stared in the 1919 by three brothers who immigrated from Greece. When it came time for the son's to take over the family business, the youngest son, Stratton, decided he wanted to be a movie producer and moved to Hollywood. After he became a success in Hollywood, Stratton re-opened the family shop in 2004. To our surprise, he was there working in the shop during our second visit.  Stratton Leopold!  He is probably the only famous person I will ever meet but what impressed us most was how humble he was. During our time there, we watched as he talked with customers, took out the trash, cleaned up tables, and helped how he could. I was so surprised when he came to our table and offered to refill our water glasses for us.  Here he is, this famous movie producer who has worked with some of Hollywood's greatest actors (the shop is filled with photos of him with actors such as Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Arron Eckhart) and he is offering to get me a glass of water! He has produced movies such as Paycheck, Mission Impossible III, The Sum of All Fears, and Captain America!  He even took a few minutes to talk to us about his newest projects he's working on and asked us about where we lived. He was just so down to earth and genuine. Really, this was probably the highlight of our trip... not to mention the ice cream is amazing!
Stratton Leopold, Me and D at the Ice Cream Bar.

We found this great little chocolate shop where I scored this amazing peppermint white chocolate. By far one of the best things I've ever tasted!  For Christmas, I got a new wide angle/macro lens adapter (which is amazing!) and so we had fun taking photos with it during our trip (as can be seen with all the wide angle shots above).  Below are a few shots I took using the macro lens. And yes, there were roses blooming in Savannah during Christmas! 

Most of our time was spent relaxing, exploring Hilton Head or Savannah, playing at the beach, and eating.  It was the perfect vacation and a great Christmas!

February 27, 2013

Rainbow Snail Hat

More Christmas hats... Are you bored of them yet? Anyone?

The little girl who started this whole crazy idea of "7 hats for Christmas in a month's time" was the recipient of this colorful hat.  My adorable niece called up one day in November and sweetly asked if I could make her a new hat?  Um... YES!!! and double yes!!!  Honestly, I could never say no to this girl and I was on cloud 9 that she wanted me to knit something special for her.  She wanted something pink, but agreed that a rainbow colored hat would be okay.   Thank goodness, because Knit Picks Chroma yarn was perfect for this pattern.
It took me a few weeks to knit this, but only because I was limited on time (that should have been a red flag hint that I really didn't have enough time for my ambitious goal of 7 hats before Christmas - I somehow managed to ignore it). It is really a quick knit and quite easy. The hardest part... trying to knit this from a pattern that is written in Japanese. Luckily, the pattern is charted, and there have been several other knitters on Ravelry that posted helpful hints. I wasn't sure if this would end up fitting at all, but I did my best guess.  I cast on 65 stitches (provisional CO), and knitted the pattern for 13 rounds.  Then I grafted the ends together, and closed one end of the tube shut to form the hat. The end result is a slightly slouchy, hipster hat -- a really colorful, slouchy hat for a really cute little girl.  And it fits!

I think it is adorable, but the best part is that she does too. She loves it and actually wears it.  Couldn't ask for more than that!

Ravelry Project Page
Yarn - Chroma Worsted in Lollipop
Pattern-  Cute Snail Hat by Omura (pattern in Japanese, but charted)
Needles - US 8, Straights
Date Started - November 5, 2012
Date Finished - November 17, 2012
Mods/Comments - I cast on 65 sts with a provisional cast on and continued in the pattern of knitting for 13 rounds. Grafted the ends together and closed the tube at one end.   Finished hat fits my niece who is 6.

February 20, 2013

Norwegian Star Ear-flap Hat

My little nephew is the cutest thing there is. Seriously, the cutest!  So how do you make a hat that compare to the cuteness that is Mr. Benjamin?  Take an ear-flap hat, add some snowflake fair isle chart, and top it off with a pom pom.  Once I spotted this pattern, I knew Mr. Ben would make it the best looking hat ever.

The pattern is a free Ravelry download (link found below) and was super easy to follow. I did make a few modifications, but they were relatively simple and didn't change the overall look of the hat too much. I ended up going up a needle size once I got to the colorwork section. I did this based on other knitters recommendations on this pattern, and I'm really glad I did. It really helped to keep the whole hat at the same circumference. I used Knitpicks Swish Worsted as the base yarn because I wanted something that would be warm, yet easy to clean. Probably my favorite part of the hat is the ties. Hopefully they will prove to be useful to a little boy that likes to rip his hat off.  Or at least, maybe his mom will appreciate them.
I really like this pattern, and hopefully will have an excuse to knit another one.  Any excuse to knit some fair isle is a good one!

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern - Norwegian Star Ear-Flap Hat by Tiennie
Date Started - Nov. 20, 1012
Date Finished - Nov. 25, 2012
Needles - US 7 an US 8
Yarn - Knitpicks Swish Worsted in Dusk (blue) and Marble Heather (grey)
Mods - Knit for a size 19' head circumference. I knit the ear-flaps in garter stitch instead of stockinette. Knit three ridges of garter stitch before switching to stockinette on the body of the hat. I switched to size 8 needles for the colorwork section. I did a three stitch i-cord edging around the cap and ear-flaps, making the ties with the same 3 stitch i-cord. Also made a pom-pom for the top. 

February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day

We had a pretty low-key Valentine's Day, but managed to make it special.  D brought me lunch at work and then kidnapped me for the afternoon. We went exploring in Downtown Raleigh where we shared a basket of delicious french fries and this adorable caramel chocolate. We then spent the evening making each other Valentines and watching a movie. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

February 18, 2013

Matching Hats for Father and Son


I'm still working on blogging about all the hats I made for Christmas - slowly but surely I will get there. I've already got finished projects for 2013 to share.  

I used this pattern from Purl Soho to make a simple stripped hat, with a large pom pom, for my nephew for Christmas.  The pattern is super simple and knitting it with chunky weight yarn makes for a relatively quick knit. The best part is creating the pom pom!  Seriously, why are pom poms so fun to make?

I used a dark green and cream colored yarn, alternating colors every three rows.  I haven't worked with acrylic yarn in a long time and after knitting with this yarn, I remember why.  I really just don't like it.  It is soft and I wanted something that would be easy to clean (and after the felting of the Windschief hat, wool was out of the question - I was still bitter), plus it came in some non-traditional baby colors that I was looking for. It fit all the criteria I was looking for, so I used it. 

Knitting with chunky yarn, on large needles, with an acrylic fiber was really tough.  After knitting for about an hour, I'd have to stop just because of pain in my hands.  Knitting with this yarn was a challenge, but in the end I think it turned out pretty cute. 
After the tragic mishap of the Windschief Hat, I needed a quick knit (since I was short on time) to make a replacement hat. Since the baby hat turned out so cute, I decided to make a larger version. You know - matching father & son hats!
I used the same pattern and made a adult (male) size large.  I alternated the stripes by doing four rows of green, then two rows of cream.  And just like that - I had a second finished hat ready to send off, and just in time for Christmas.  Crisis adverted!

Ravelry Project Page - Toddler Hat and Adult Hat
Needles - US Size 11
Yarn - Serenity Chunky Weight, in Pristine (cream) and After Dark (dark green)
Mods/Comments- I knit the pattern in the toddler size and the adult male size. I purchased one skein of each color, and that was enough yarn to make both of these hats, with a little left over. Also, enough to create the pom pom. 

February 6, 2013

The Tragic Story of the Windschief Hats



More of the hats I made for Christmas presents...
A Stephen West pattern knit in Malabrigo - is there anything better!?  Probably not. Okay, well maybe... but I can't really think of anything right now that beats it.

This pattern has been one that I have wanted to try for a long time, and I finally had some guys to knit them for.  D is very particular about his hats, very particular. He really doesn't wear them unless it is super cold, and it doesn't get that cold in NC. So, I've only ever made him one hat and I think he's only worn it like twice. My brother-in-law, however, does live in a cold enough place to deserve a hand knit hat.

In fact, I actually made two of these (both for the brothers-in-law) - same pattern, same yarn. One skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted was enough to make two hats in a large size. On one hat, I used a size 7 needle, and on the second hat a size 8 - for no specific reason other than I was trying to make it to fit the recipients head size.

So why is there only a photo of one finished hat? Well, let me tell you the super depressing story of my stupid mistake.  I was under the time crunch to get all these hats done in time for Christmas, and needed extra time to get them mailed.  I actually whipped these up relatively quickly.  Once they were finished, I asked D to try them on. His head is about the same size as the measurements I got from his brother.  When he tried it on, he kept saying it was too tight and too short.  This should have been my first red flag because, as I said before, D. is super particular about his hats. It looked fine to me, and according  to the measurements of the recipient, it would fit fine.  I disregarded my gut instinct, and decided to block it out.  BIG MISTAKE!!! 

So I set out to block it.  Once dry, D tried it on again and now complained it was way too loose.  Sure enough, I had over blocked! UGH!  I tried all I could think of to fix it, but ended up making it worse. At this point there was no time to rip it out and start again.  For those of you not obsessed with yarn, Malabrigo Merino Worsted is 100% wool, and it WILL FELT.  That is exactly what happened.  

There I was, in tears, and stressed because I was under a time crunch.  I had ruined a perfectly good hat. All my time and effort I put into making this hat was now wasted. The recipient would never get to wear this hat, and worst of all, my favorite yarn was ruined (it could not be saved).  

Long story short, I trashed the ruined hat and started again. That is why there is only one finished Windschief Hat. More about the replacement hat next time. 
 
Ravelry Project Page (and the second frogged hat project page here).
 Pattern: Windschief Hat by Stephen West
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Marine
Needles: US 7 (hat 1) and US 8 (hat 2), 16" circulars
Date Started: Nov. 26, 2012 (hat 1) and Dec. 9, 2012 (hat 2)
Date Finished: Dec. 1, 2012 (hat 1) and Dec 12. 12, 2012 (hat 2)
Modifications/Comments:  I cast on for the large size at 104 sts.

January 26, 2013

Chunky Cable Beanie

For Christmas, I decided to knit hats. This thought didn't occur to me until around Thanksgiving (after I had knit only one hat). At one point, I was beginning to believe I was crazy to think that I could knit 7 hats in one month's time. I was a crazy knitting machine, and even though I had a few mishaps, I did manage to finish all the hats in time.  This is the first of several hat posts... just a warning.

This hat was the first one I knit, and was relatively simple. The yarn was a chunky weight which made for a quick knit. Cables on the other hand seem to take me a bit more time since I haven't quite mastered the art of "cables without a cable needle". One day I hope too, but until then I'll keep on knitting cables the slow man's way.

About the yarn - Loops and Threads Cozy Wool. This was my first time knitting with this yarn. The 50% wool, 50% acrylic mix makes it soft and squishy and very warm. Overall it was nice to knit with, and didn’t feel like a acrylic yarn (which I hate). It actually worked up surprisingly well. It is a little on the stiff side, but overall I’d use it again.

Pattern - Bulky hat by Eveli Kaur
Yarn -  Loops and Threads Cozy Wool in Seastorm
Needles - US 13
Date Started - Nov. 1, 2012
Date Finished - Nov. 5, 2012
Made For - SIL Sara
Size Made - Adult Large
Modifications - Cast on 56 sts, increased 7 sts evenly after knitting 8 rounds of K2P2 ribbing. Knit the two decrease rounds per the pattern, then one additional decrease round of k2tog, k2tog, p1 around.


January 14, 2013

Puerperium Sweater

Wow, the new year is here! I still can't believe it. I'm still trying to get caught up with stuff from last year.  One day at a time a guess.
So... let's get started.  This project was from a long time ago (like last July) but it is just too cute not to show off. I'm still working toward my goal of being able to knit a sweater for myself, but decided that more practice was necessary. Since I already knit a little girl sweater, I decided to make a little boy sweater.  The pattern is the Puerperium Sweater by Kelly Brooker (which is a free download if you are on Ravelry), but I made some modifications to the pattern.  I added stripes to the pattern, and used Intarsia to keep the button band in green. I only knit up to row 30 before joining in the round and omitting the remaining button rows. The end result is a super cute, and super tiny sweater. It is a newborn size so I'm hoping I can find someone that it will fit.

I found these super cute ceramic fish buttons in the exact shade of blue and immediately knew they would be perfect for this little sweater. I think they  might just be my favorite part.
The yarn was actually something that D helped me pick out.  He has good taste, and just so happens that this yarn has cashmere in it.  I'm not sure how smart it was to use it for a baby sweater, but it was just so soft and perfect for this pattern that I couldn't resist.  

Ravelry Project Page 
Pattern: Puerperium Sweater by Kelly Brooker
Date Started: July 13, 2012
Date Finished: July 26, 2012
Yarn: Louisa Harding yarns - Aimee
Needles: US 7
Gauge: 22sts = 10 cm
Size: Newborn
Modifications: Doing stripes. Intarsia to keep the button band in green; after row 30, CO 1 st at underarm to join in the round and omitted remaining button band; knit body for 32 rows; finished with 3 ridges of garter; tapered sleeves with 38 sts per sleeve; ceramic fish buttons.

January 9, 2013

Life via Instagram - December

Life as of late - via Instagram - December

1 - New toys (with feathers) from Mamaw for Christmas. They were a huge hit!
2 - Dinner with Uncle Steve.
3 - Two napping kitties. No room left on my lap. 
4 - December 14th and the sunroof was open.
5 - D surprised me by putting up Christmas lights.
6 - Two kitties and four boxes.

November 30, 2012

Bulky Cowl


Now that it has finally started to get cold here in the South, I've had the opportunity to wear some of these cold winter knits that I've finished lately.  This cowl was a really quick knit  thanks to the super bulky yarn, and it has become one of my new favorites.
First, the yarn is to die for! So soft and really cozy warm. It's Haciendo Plymouth Yarn, which is a 100% extra fine merino wool.  The yarn is almost a thick and thin yarn type yarn, but more thick than thin.    I originally purchased it last year when we were in Charleston, SC for Thanksgiving. I only bought one skein, but wish I would have purchased more because I just adore it (it is right up there in the rankings - probably second, but only to my favorite yarn Malabrigo!) We are headed back to Charleston for Christmas this year and I'm hoping to score a few more skeins of this yarn now that I know how much I love it.  My one and only complaint would be that the yarn tends to shed a bit.  Normally it wouldn't be a big deal, but I have a wool coat which means any and all fibers tend to stick to it.  I just have to remember to lint roller down before heading out. 

I've been searching and searching for the perfect pattern to use this yarn on and I finally decided to cast on for the Simple Ribbed Cowl by Orange Flower.  I was right! - this was the perfect pattern for this yarn.  I did learn how to purl through the back loop thanks to this pattern, and it really is not as difficult as you might imagine.  The end result is well worth the effort.

Pattern: Simple Ribbed Cowl by Orange Flower
Yarn: Haciendo Plymouth Yarn (100% extra fine merino wool) - purchased at Knit in Charleston, SC
Needles: US 13
Date Started: October 6, 2012
Date Finished: October 7, 2012
Finished Size: 10" pre-block
Modifications: Cast on 68+1, slipped first stitch and knit2tog on row two. Just knit until I ran out of yarn. Ended with 10 inches of yarn to spare. Talk about cutting it close. I did cast on extra stitches because I didn't want it to be too tight around my neck. But I think I should have just CO the 60 sts as per the pattern. 

November 28, 2012

Rikke Hat - Madelinetosh Style

Another Madelinetosh project and I LOVE IT!! I have worn this hat so many times, it is definitely my favorite (and I don't usually wear hats now that I have short hair). It is the perfect fit, yarn, slouch, and color! I just love everything about it!  The pattern is super simple. The only thing that would potentially be a downside to it is all the purl rows.  I don't mind purling so I wasn't frightened off when I saw all the purling that was required. I'm glad too, because it seriously is my favorite hat!

The yarn is amazing!  This was my first project (Zuzu's Petals was my second) working with Madelinetosh and I love it.  The yarn has a bit of spring to it (but not much) which was perfect for this hat. It makes the slouch just right.  It is also incredibly warm. The color is a gray, but it has a bit of purple to it, which I really like.

That's all. The perfect hat made from the perfect yarn.  I'm off to find more projects that I can knit with Madelinetosh!

Pattern: Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
Yarn: Madelinetosh DK in Composition Book Grey
Date Started: February 19, 2012
Date Finished: March 3, 2012
Needles: US 4 (brim) and US 7 (body)
Modifications:  None. I followed the pattern directly. It took me about 8 hours to knit this up (I'm a slow knitter, especially with all the purling)