Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Knitting Report

Are you a fan of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series? I sure am! Her newest book, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" should come out next month.

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So I've been listening to the entire series on Audible. Which means I've been knitting, not sewing. Good for Hats for Sailors, not so good for my UFO challenge. Or for making 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks!

Here are the hats I've finished this week.

First up, "Black and Tan." The US Navy summer uniform for commissioned officers in grades O-1 through O-10, chief warrant officers in grades W-2 through W-5 and chief petty officers (also known as CPOs) in grades E-7 through E-9 is a khaki shirt over black trousers. Known colloquially as "black and tans," it is officially called the "service khaki."  The colors inspired me to knit this black-into-tan watch cap. It looks really long in the photo, but will be great with the ribbing cuff turned up.

Same hat, knit with leftover yarn from last year's "Ravellenics" marathon:

I love this hat so much, I might keep it for myself! The yarn is Dalegarn Falk Neons, purchased years ago at Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder. I used the green neon in the Seahawks hat and it's almost all gone. Incredibly enough, a fellow Raveler agreed to sell me two skeins from her personal stash. Knitters are the best!

Had to include the wide-angle view in this photo. That's My Little Sailor's dog, Duncan, snoozing in the winter sunshine.

During March, I'm hosting the KAL (knit along) on the Ravelry Hats for Sailors group. We'll be knitting the same pattern I used for the Broncos and Seahawks hats:

The pattern is Rain Down by Robyn Devine, free on Ravelry (which is also free to join!). It's an excellent "first colorwork" project. I'll be including links to colorwork tutorials and plenty of support for first-time colorwork knitters. I've already started knitting my sample:

It matches my nail polish, of course! That's OPI's "I'm Not Really a Waitress." Don't you love their polish names?

I hope you'll come back tomorrow for the March UFO Parade. There are some gorgeous finishes to share!

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  1. Great hats! I started my 3rd time through the books on CD back in August and I'm just about through the last one (I quilt while listening). But alas, the publication date for Written in My Own Hearts Blood has been delayed until June 10th!

  2. Came to say date is now June 10 too! Have you seen the trailers of the new series on Diana's blog? If not check it out

  3. Love the hats, Marti - and the matching nails! :o)

  4. That's a lovely lot of beanies/hats there. I can understand why you want to keep that beautiful's magnificent!

  5. When I read a lot, I used to read her books. I found them very difficult to put down! I just don't read as much any more. Probably should look into this one though :)

  6. Wow, you have skills! Your knitting is beautiful. As of course, are your nails :)

  7. You were a busy bee. Great hats.


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