Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spencer's Hat

Needles: US 5
Yarn: Brown Sheep Worsted Superwash
Size: Adult M/L
Gauge: About 6 stiches/inch in pattern, unstretched.
Cast on 100 stitches, using the tubular cast on method.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work in the round, in 1x1 rib for 1”.
Switch to 3x1 rib and work in the round for 8.5”.
Begin decrease rounds:
1. (k2tog, k1, p1, k3,p1) repeat to end of round.
2. (k2, p1, k2tog, k1,p1) repeat to end of round.
3. (k2tog, p1, k2, p1) repeat to end of round.
4. (k1, p1, k2tog, p1) repeat to end of round.
5. (k2tog, k1, p1) repeat to end of round.
Repeat round 5 until you have 10 stitches total left.
Cut yarn, draw the tail through those 10 stitches and pull tight.
Weave in ends.
Using the smaller needles with worsted yarn produces a tighter knit for maximum warmth! This pattern could easily be adapted to use any worsted weight that matches gauge.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Knitting for Health

For some reason, fall is always the time of year that I start paying attention to my health. The prairie I love so much is in it's prime, October brings a sea of pink for breast cancer awareness, and the air temperature is just... right.

I started knitting the Monteagle Bag from the newest "Mason Dixon" knitting book, and had an overwhelming urge to visit the grocery store; for the sole purpose of filling my newly knitted denim bags to the brim with fresh fruit. This started a grocery shopping spree of whole grains, low fat dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables.

I'm attributing my renewed interest in a healthier diet to my obsession with knitting, whether it's sane or not. :)