Cast On: Christmas Musselburgh

My hat needles told me they were chilly after getting my first Musselburgh off of them. So I couldn’t let them get cold so I got a second hat cast on right away!

I went digging in my stash and found another skein of Moonstone Dyeworks kicking around. This time it is her Stellina Sock base in Christmas on Mars colorway. It’s a nice muted Christmas color with a TON of sparkle to it. I don’t get the sparkle to show up on camera very well.

I am making an adult large again, this time without the extra increases. I’m curious to see how this one differs from my first one. If its too small, then it can go in the gift pile or kid pile. I just finished the increase and its just stockinette for many many inches.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Musselburgh

Y’all, I made a beautiful thing! I am so happy with this hat that I can’t stop looking at it and petting it. My first Musselburgh is done, washed and photographed!

Pattern: Musselburgh by Ysolda Teague (rav link)

Yarn: Yak Sock in Hectate color by Moonstone Dyeworks

Needles: US 2s

I know I was working the instructions for the adult large but I do think I added like 10 extra increases to the stich count. That means I should have gone up a needle size. The fabric leans to the firmer side. But it’s a lovely super warm hat. And the subtle tonality of the browns and greys is gorgeous.

This hat isn’t necessarily long enough to cuff up but it fits just fine as a standard beanie. This is a keeper for my woolen drawer. Mother Nature here in Kansas is wildly swinging from negative temps to the high forties. So my need for a warm hat is variable, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

To The Decreases!!

On the road again….just can’t wait to NOT be on the road again! But I guess the upside is that my Musselburgh is making some really good progress. I’m ready to start the decreases!

The catch is that I hope I don’t play yarn chicken. I have approximately 11 grams left which the pattern and internet tell me should be enough. But that floppy mess of yarn looks AWFULLY small, lol.

I am really loving this yak blend yarn. It has a nice soft feel to the fabric and because the fiber naturally starts with a darker color there is a lot of depth to the dyework. This is a skein of Yak Sock in the Hectate color from Moonstone Dyeworks. I would definitely buy this base again.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Goth Kitty Worsted Hat

I blinked and another hat fell off my needles! My Goth Kitty Worsted Hat is done, washed and photographed. It turned out pretty great in my opinion.

Pattern: None, my own 80 stitch vanilla beanie

Needles: US 8s

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Goth Kitty colorway

Ravelry project here.

I purposely ended with a complete striping sequence for not other reason than whimsy. I used all but 26 yards of this 218 yard skein. It is a decent sized that can roll the brim or be worn slouchy.

In my stash I have matching Knit Picks Felici sock yarn in this same color. So next up in my knitting plans is to knit up some vanilla socks to have a matched set. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep the set or put in my gift box. The matchy matchy is just filling some sort of need in my crafting brain.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Goth Kitty Worsted Hat

New Year and new cast on! I had some training this week so I decided that a basic beanie was the way to go. I grabbed the skein of Knit Picks Felici worsted, mostly because I required no winding, lol

I cast on 80 stitches on a US 8 needle. I worked 2×2 ribbing until it looked good. I didn’t really have a pattern in mind. The goal was to stay awake while listening to a four hour lecture. The good news is that four hours is enough time to get 60% of a hat done!

I think I need two more color stripes and then I can start the decreases! Happy Knitting!!

I Couldn’t Help Myself

A few special people in my life are expecting babies in the new year. So I couldn’t let those babies have cold heads!!

This yarn is some Super Bulky spindle spun handspun from 2020. I decided they needed to be baby beanies. I pulled out some size 10 dpns and just invented hats on the fly. I used up every single inch of precious handspun and came out with two cute hats.

PB loaned me a baby doll so I could take glamor shots. I still need to wash them and get them wrapped up. But that is for another day!

Happy Knitting!!

Musselburgh On The Road

My Musselburgh project hit the road this week. I have made some pretty decent progress in the hours and hours of stockinette this project calls for. Still doesn’t look very wintery here in Kansas but I love the project matches the landscape!

Based on the weight of my yarn cake, I think I might be halfway through my hat? I am just knitting stockinette until I have 10 grams of my skein left. It’s the perfect holiday project that doesn’t require any brain space!

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Baby Blend Basic Hat

I completely forgot that I had a finished object kicking around here to show you! My Baby Blend Basic Hat pretty much fell off my needles and into my hat drawer!

Pattern: None, I just worked an 80 stitch beanie with a folded two layer brim

Yarn: The Shepherd’s Mill BAby Blend in color M196

Needles: US 7 and US 8

I got sooooo close to using the whole skein but alas I still had leftovers. I used 80 grams or just right at 176 yards of this DK weight skein. The hat was tight before washing and blocking but relaxed nicely and fits like a dream. The faux cashmere makes this feel like butter on my head.

I did find a dropped stitch after washing. After a few cuss words I simply used some of the leftovers and caught the stitch and secured it to the inside of the hat. I REALLY like how this hat turned out so this might also stay in my hat bin for awhile…..

Happy Knitting!!

Hospital Knitting Day Two

My Dad did really well with his procedure and he got to binge like ALL the football games in his hospital room. So on day two I plugged in my headphones with a podcast and cranked on my Musselburgh.

I am finally on to the main body of the hat and done with DPNs for now. I checked my gauge like the pattern said and my gauge is coming up tighter than the directions. I did some math and decided to fudge it rather than frog and cast on with bigger needles. I added some more increases to make sure the hat won’t be a head squeezer.

This is really nice zen kniting just going round and round. I think this could be a good purse or travel project. Not a lot of thinking but really satisfying to watch the hat come to life.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Musselburgh

I decided I could no longer resist seeing all the beautiful Musselburgh hats all over Raverly, social media and podcasts and I needed one of my own! I wound up the skein of Yak Sock from Moonstone Dyeworks and cast on my first Musselburgh.

I must admit I had put this project off for awhile because I HATE fiddly cast-ons with DPNs. I am totally capable of doing them but I have a mental block with them. And my needles definitely slipped out of my first try because it is slick yarn on metal needles.

But now I am off to the races and knitting the prescribed amount so I can determine my gauge and stitch count. Happy Knitting!!