Sunday, September 12, 2010
Vermont Hat - A Fair Isle Adventure
Pattern: Vermont Hat In Fair Isle (free pattern on Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220 (lavender and white)
Needles: Size 7 & 9 circular size 9 dp's for crown
This pattern is as easy as easy can get when it comes to Fair Isle knitting. See my previous post for links to videos on YouTube regarding the knitting method I used.
I was able to quickly knit these hats for several reasons. I used "Knit Picks Harmony Interchangeable Needles" which I love because it allows me to have the correct size needle on the right and a smaller needle on the left which makes for the stitches to glide along more quickly. Of course, it's the right needle (in the pic it is the top one) that determines the gauge. Obviously, this only works when knitting in the round.
The designer states that you are able to knit two hats from the two skeins if you reverse the main color. I think it may be possible to even get three when using Cascade 220 but don't hold me to that one. I don't want you to come looking for me unless you are bringing food.
I modified this pattern including an additional two rows to the ribbing and one more row to one of the stripes so that they would each be two rows. I found the hat to be a little tight for my fat head (not to be confused with egotistical...thank you very much!) so I knitted this next one using 10 1/2 needles.
Several people asked me about the red scarf that was featured in this post. The pattern name is "Flared Ribbed Scarf".
My good friend, Deb, also knitted this hat. Check out her hat and blog.
I will be teaching a class on this hat starting the end of the month. The next class will be this one which I darn well better be prepared. It will be a test of my knitting skills and I suspect this class will be filled quickly.
Friday was a pretty stressful day. The fire alarm was activated and a message stated we were to evacuate the building. There was an emergency and I was prepared....
I grabbed my handbag and car keys and what else!!!!...................
and left the rest behind.
Evacuating for me means 4 flights of stairs with my bad leg. Because we are in a medical research building, it is not unusual for something to happen in one of the labs that sets off the alarm and is quickly resolved.
Yesterday was a different story. We were suddenly told to walk across campus as a suspicious package had been found in the basement and the bomb squad was on its way.
I was able to get to my car and drive home and watch the development in the news. There was talk of possibly evacuating the adjoining hospital. In all, over 1,000 employees were evacuated.
The packaged was removed which means I am thankful I have a job on Monday.