Monday, April 22, 2013

Heidi Ute hat aka Cabled Chapeau

So this is a hat for me.  It is going to have a bill and a strap with hopefully two buttons.  I found the pattern from one my Aunt was doing for my cousin she needed help with a part and I looked at the pattern and fell in love. Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller is where we found it.
I am using the leftover yarn from hubby's hat.  If I run out of yarn the plan is to have the strap be red.  I am loving it so far.  
I have heard attaching the strap and bill is a little tough.  I will document it here.

So you will notice the peanut gallery in the back ground I am loving this hat I may even make others with just this design it didn't take much yarn and it is really comfy and stretchy.  I was thinking at first I didn't need to do the called for 7 inches I am glad I did now.  The first picture was at 5 inches before I started decreasing to close in the top.

So I have finished the bill.  As I was making it I was also reading on Ravelry the comments about the hat and was starting to think it would be harder than it was.

so this is how I did it: I made a chart to help my very visual mind figure things out and it did.
You do just need to add three stitches to each row after you do the turn at 25 as you start it. When you do the turn make sure to slip the next stitch with the yarn on the opposing side; if knitting the next row have the yarn behind. If purling the next row have the yarn in front.  Slip the stitch and then turn your knitting to go the same way you just came.  It makes shorter rows but it increases them to make the bill wider.  It seems confusing but makes sense when you get started on it.  Hope you can read the chart and it helps.  Remember when casting off to leave a large tail as you can use this to seal in the lid or whatever up are using for the bill.

This the piece blocked.

This is it after blocking and then formed to measure for the bill.  I will be using so craft foam sheets.  Cutting a little smaller than the piece.
So I have the foam piece inside and now I need to figure out how to attach it to the hat... hmm
so even though the brim was cut correctly that doesn't actually mean I put it in right.  I ended up twisting it around so that the straight piece actually had the seam not the portion that will be to the outside.  
I have since attached the hat to the bill along the bottom of the cap.  I was able to find some buttons today and will be sewing them on shortly.

Woohoo all done.  I love it the bill adding needed my son so that I could sew it on on with his head inside.  He was nervous but I didn't stab him.  :)  loving the way it looks.

It is better with hair down or at least braids I think.
So now I need to get one of the pieces to my Aunt so she can finish my cousins too.  Hopefully she 
hasn't lost too much motivation.

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013 man busy day for a post

So we got our taxes done and e-filed the federal and mailed the state, 45 cents not 19.99 thank you very much.  That was the busiest that I have ever seen the Hooper post office.  Yeah good for them.

I was able to finish Clark's hat while I watched the coverage of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, was able to get ahold of friends in the area and others that run marathons and they were all OK.

His hat is fun.  Red and black for the Ute games. It is a bit big but he should just grow out his hair oh yeah that won't happen.  :)

I love the fact that the hat has a hem on the interior it covers up the extra strings and it also made a really cute edge with the yarn over.  The snowflake chart wasn't that hard to follow.  i did have to adjust my needle size since I used a much larger yarn than called for.  I was able to do the swatch and then figure out the math.

Thank you HATS On.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

coming back

So I am getting back to Blogging since the computer has been gifted. I just hope this one lasts as long as my other one did.  12 years not to shabby.

Ski season has ended again and now we are on to the summer chapter.  It is looking like baseball is in the mix for Thomas this year.  I will continue their swimming lessons as well.  It helps so much with muscle tone on their tall growing bodies.

Knitting is going to be in the mix a ton as well.  I am wanting to do some dying but that may need to wait one more year.  We shall see.  As Brady put it mom now that you don't have to work both jobs you can knit all the time.

practicing pictures this was exactly a year ago, the boys hiking with the grandparents and uncle and cousin.  Thomas is now the same height as gramma.  And it doesn't look like he is stopping anytime soon.

We did do a ton of skiing this year Thomas had a sixth grade passport so did one of our cousins and a family friend.  We made it to Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, Eagle Mountain, Canyons, Deer Valley and of course Alta.  It was great fun.  Brady finally figured out what all the skateboards were that people used at other resorts. (snowboards)  He was also able to understand that he can ski anywhere he doesn't need to be afraid.  They did have a better understanding though when we went with the cousins that they can be a little more aggressive, the cousins are the same age and ski racers at Brighton, they have NO FEAR.

More updates more frequently Have a fun day.