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On Abnormal Priorities

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 23, 2010

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

On Jakes

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 15, 2010

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

On Sewing, or The Trouble with Learning Experiences

Posted in Don't Quit Your Day Job by unboundpage on February 12, 2010

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

On Silly Hats – the Akron Edition

Posted in Projects by unboundpage on February 2, 2010

A few weeks ago I received the following urgent request from my sister:

Hey Sis –
Someone seems to have misplaced his ultra-warm, fur-lined, ear-flap, “Nanook of the North” hat.  Do you think you might be able to help  😉 ?   I figured even asking you might be sufficient to make the hat reappear but thought you might have fun with it regardless.
As it just so happened, I had recently been pondering just such a hat, and quickly set to work on the kind of silly monstrosity I knew I could never make use of in Texas, but which would find a happy home in Ohio.
The plan was simple:
1) Make an inner layer of something very soft and fluffy, knitting in the round with large-ish needles.  Add on a wide front flap and two smaller side flaps to cover the ears.
2) Make an outer layer of something tamer and smaller, knitting two strands at a time with smaller needles, to make a nice tight gauge that will adequately hold in heat.
3) Stitch the two together, crochet a long chain (double-strand again, of course) tassel on each ear flap, and call it a hat!
A quick trip to Hobby Lobby yielded two skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Dk Country Blue and two skeins of Yarn Bee Soft Illusion Super Bulky sapphire.  I cast on 120 stitches on size 7 round needles with the dark blue Simply Soft for the outer layer.  The inner layer I started on size 10 round needles with 60 stitches.  The 2:1 ratio made it easier to stitch together the two parts at the end, since I could stitch two outer stitches to each inner and get a nice clean seam.
I found the two separate pieces to be particularly convenient because I get very tired of doing smaller gauge knitting for any significant period of time, so I could switch to the big fluffy stuff when I was getting bored.  I underestimated the height of the outer layer a couple of times and had to perform the unfortunate task of pulling out a dozen or so rows of decrease before I finally managed to get a finished product that was deep enough to stay on a normally proportioned head.  The final product, however, was well worth the effort.  It was warm and fluffy and utterly adorable:I would like to take this opportunity to brag on the U.S. Postal Service.  The hat went into the mail on Saturday afternoon, and on Monday I received a rather enthusiastic picture text from my sister, who informed me that I did good, and that Someone loved the hat.
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