Episode 58 – Countdown to Christmas

Thank You’s:

  • Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the podcast in response to the HamilKnit hat!!
  • Thank you to Yarn Hoarder for the super sweet gift of Another Crafty Girl in “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus!” Be sure to check out her podcast!
  • Amy from the Hudson Valley Knits podcast for the Ropedance pattern
  • Thank you to Jasmin and Gigi from the Knitmore Girls podcast for the gorgeous handspun and the photography project bag!

Pattern Palooza:

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Clicking Away:

Events:

  • Big Bad Bergalong – we are extending this to November 30th to win prizes! Enter in each of our Ravelry groups. In my group we have a gift certificate for $30 toward SunValley Fibers!
  • HamilKnit KAL – if you finish a HamilKnit hat before December 31st, you can be entered to win one of many awesome prizes! Be sure to enter in the Ravelry thread and you have to be a member of the group to win! Here are the prizes up for grabs:
    • Hamilton Soundtrack gifted by me – so you can share the Hamilton love with someone in your life!
    • A set of “Knit Like You’re Running Out of Time” stitch markers by One Geek to Craft Them All. If you don’t want to “Wait for It,” you can use the coupon code Ham4Ham to get 10% off of your order!
    • An Ornament kit by Lexicorp that includes a shatterproof ornament, Voolenvine yarn in “Harpsichord,” and a Hamilton logo applique (this prize will be given out early)
    • A wine glass hand painted by Candy of the Paws 4 Stitches Podcast that says “Talk Less, Knit More”
    • A project bag sewn by me out of fabric from Spoonflower that is no longer available
  • Interweave Yarn Fest:┬áMarch 30-April 2nd at the Embassy Suites hotel in Loveland, CO. Class registration will open November 28th and there are some fantastic instructors including my friend Daniela Nii, Galena, Stephanie Flynn Sokolov, Kate Atherly, Jillian Moreno, and more. The market is fantastic and I will plan on attending at least Sunday.

Photography:

  • I did a session for some friends who are leaving to live on a boat in the Caribbean. I used a low exposure with the sun in the background to get a silhouette effect with the water to create a “going away” image for them.

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  • I often get questions this time of year about holiday card and print ordering. Here are my recommended sites:
  • Photography gifts:

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HamilKnit – Pattern and Podcast

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The HamilKnit pattern is live! I have recorded a podcast just for this hat to help people with tips and tricks to make this hat pattern really enjoyable.

Find me on Ravelry here and be sure to tag me on Instagram as @butterflyem4 with your projects!

Click here to find the pattern on Ravelry!

Pattern Info:

  • HamilKnit can be found for free on Ravelry. If you would like to contribute to the podcast in honor of the pattern, you can do so by clicking here.
  • HamilKnit is a fingering weight, stranded colorwork hat. While you can use any technique you like to knit colorwork, I recommend using the Philosopher’s Wool technique for the crown decreases to minimize the floats behind the work.
  • I used Cascade Heritage Sock solids from The Loopy Ewe in “Real Black” and “Limestone.” You will need approximately 35g (155 yards) of the main color, and 30g (135 yards) of a contrasting color.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Make a swatch: the gauge for this pattern is 27 st x 34 rows = 4″/10cm. The circumference is 21.5″/55cm and the depth is 7.75″/19.75cm.
  • If you would like a hat that is larger in circumference, swatch with a larger needle size and calculate what your gauge will create.
  • If you would like to add depth to your hat, add rows in between the rows of colorwork.
  • Prairie Girl Danie – knit the hat inside out to make the floats carry more easily. Danie also suggests using the Turkish provisional cast on. If you do not want to do a provisional cast on, you can use a long tail cast on and then stitch your hem to the inside of your hat.
  • Ginasetta – knit an extra 2 rows in between each of the lines of text to make the hat longer for her husband’s head
  • Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls suggested using stitch markers in between the pages of the main chart to help give references
  • Color dominance -When knitting stranded colorwork with two hands, the yarn in your left hand is the dominant yarn. When knitting Continental, the yarn that comes up from the bottom is the dominant yarn. Here is a great blog post about knitting using color dominance.
  • Listen to Hamilton while you are knitting! It makes the project so much more enjoyable!

Thank you to the following people:

  • Test knitters: Prairie Girl Danie, Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls, Candy from Paws 4 Stitches, and Kim (artsluvr)
  • Bronwyn from Knitting Pipeline (Bronwyn the Brave) for being an AMAZING tech editor
  • Many, many people who have donated to the podcast in honor of the pattern
  • Kind words and comments on Instagram encouraging me to write the pattern