Friday, March 28, 2008

Garter Rib-versible Hat

This hat is knit in the round and is entirely reversible. It’s sized for an adult female –circumference is about 20”. You can add or subtract stitches in multiples of 4 and add or subtract rows of ribbing as necessary for length.

Materials: worsted weight yarn and size 9 DPNs (or circular needle for Magic Loop).
Gauge in K2 P2 rib, unstretched: 4 st/inch and 5 rows/inch

CO 80 sts. Place marker and join round, being careful not to twist.

Work 6 rounds of K2 P2 ribbing.

Rounds 7 and 8 together make up one repeat of the “Reversible Rib Pattern”.
Round 7: K all stitches.
Round 8: *K2,P2. Repeat from * around.
Repeat “Reversible Rib Pattern” 5 more times (total of 6 repeats).

Work 6 more rounds of K2 P2 rib, then another 6 repeats (12 rounds) of the “Reversible Rib Pattern”.

Work 2 more rounds of K2 P2 rib.

Begin decreasing for top of hat: *K2 P2tog. Repeat from * around. (60 st)
Next round: *K2, P1. Repeat from * around.
Next round: *K2tog, P1. Repeat from * around. (40 st)
Next round: *K1, P1. Repeat from * around.
Next round: K2tog around. (20 st)
Next round: K2tog around. (10 st)
Next round: K2tog around. (5 st.)
Gather remaining st and weave in ends.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Recipe Transmogrification

Snow evening, yay! (I had daytime classes but my night class was cancelled due to weather, or, more accurately, St. Louis weatherphobia.) I decided that I really wanted chocolate cookies, so I found this recipe. I'm out of brown sugar, so I followed the substitution given here -- well, more or less. I was too lazy to oil my measuring spoon, so instead of adding 4 T molasses, I added 7 T-ishes. (Yes, a T-ish is a measure.) And when it came time to decrease the (almond) milk by 3 T, I fudged the calculations a little and probably decreased it by only about a T-and-a-half. So when it came to the point of dropping the batter by spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet, I decided to make cake instead. (I baked it for about 23 minutes until the center was just set.) Chocolate cookies turning into molasses cake -- why do these things always seem to happen to me? :)

Here it is right out of the oven:

And with cherry jam:

Now, off to do the homework that would have been due in about an hour...

Saturday, March 01, 2008

More Knitting

I fear that I am becoming a dishcloth person. (Yay for TFD!) Here's my latest:

It's a petal dishcloth. Some people have posted pictures of ones that they've made using different colored yarns -- it looks really cool but I'm not buying any more cotton yarn until I use up the entire 900 yards that I bought. (I've been trying to remember why in the world I thought I needed 900 yards of dishcloth cotton. I think that I intended to make shopping hasn't happened.)

However, there is a (sweater) light at the end of the (dishcloth) tunnel. CPH isn't done yet, but it's getting closer. I've finished the funny-shaped hood pieces (actually, I've finished the first and gotten about halfway through the second) -- here's one Frankenseamed in, to show that it fits.

And here's Loki, with the canine seal of approval:

I promise, it's not for her, but try telling her that. She and the cats are all over anything that I try to knit. But once it's done, that sweater is all for me!