Wednesday, October 12, 2011

snappy cables


 

Anything that can be knit in one day certainly deserves to be called Snappy.

I was so excited when I came across this free, yes free, hat pattern (Ravelry link). It's perfect for someone new to cabling (like me) because you get just enough practice with the cable needle and a quick reward that is undoubtedly cabled. Oh, and amazingly cute. I mean, could a toddler look any cuter? For Milo's hat I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky which was pretty dreamy to knit with. The blue/gray colour is perfect for my little guy, though there have been some comments from the husband peanut gallery about me dressing Milo like a girl. Boys can pull off cables, right? This quick hat was well timed for KCWC too since there are very few garments that can be knit without dedicating the entire week (or month) to the endeavour. And Milo needed a hat for the fall...well, sort of. I think what I just wrote is called Knitter's Justification.

Before Milo's version, I did make one for myself using Malabrigo Chunky. This wasn't as dreamy to knit with (the Rialto just glides) but it was still pretty nice and I'm quite happy with the colour. After trying to add aqua or pink or purple to my life, I accepted that gray just works better for me. The wool was chunkier than the Rialto so I went up a needle size and used the same stitch count as Milo's which worked out and the fit is pretty good. And a great bonus to the whole project is that I now have a nice photo of me with Milo, as taken by the burgeoning photographer Sadie. (It's the unfortunate fate of the family photographer to never be in any photos with the kids.)




During this cable craze I have been reading Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen. The first half was wonderful, but I'm not enjoying the second half as much. Perhaps I'm so addicted to Canadian East Coast stories that as soon as the characters left New Brunswick for Maine I just wasn't as keen to follow them. Oh well. I have another East Coast novel lined up next which gives me just enough impetus to finish.



For boatloads of knitting, reading and sewing inspiration visit today's Yarnalong and KCWC's Flickr group.

88 comments :

Becks said... [Reply to comment]

The cabled hats are both lovely, I might go have a look at that pattern. Your boy certainly looks like a boy, with those gorgeous big eyes.
x

Keri said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful hat and children.

ericaceae said... [Reply to comment]

Sweet hat, and I love those eyelashes!

Swanski said... [Reply to comment]

Love the cables on the hat, and the color is gorgeous!

Yarny Days said... [Reply to comment]

He is so adorable in his super-cute hat!

Kimberly said... [Reply to comment]

This hat is so beautiful, you did such a great job. I really like the color - such a pretty cross between gray and blue. And I must say, your son is absolutely beautiful - just so special - and the name you chose looks like it suits him perfectly. :)

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

What a great pattern. I've been wearing the same hat for YEARS b/c I haven't knit a new one for myself. I think it's time.

(Also - was there something in the air on the day that your boy and my boy were born? 'cause the adorableness between the two fo them - though I am biased - could cause traffic accidents.)

Lori ann said... [Reply to comment]

You are gorgeous, your boy is gorgeous and your knitting is absolutely gorgeous too. Thank you for the pattern link, love cable hats.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

so sweet..no word can describe the wonders of life so perfect.
You, your kids, your creative soul.

Emily said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic!

lamb-things said... [Reply to comment]

Awwwwww.......Milo is just too cute, and his hat is perfect as is yours Samantha. The pictures of you both and those big blue eyes make my heart melt.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Super cute. On both of you.

Nicole said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you! I've been looking for a cabled knit pattern for my little guy. So happy to have a recommended yarn, too--I love the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, so hopefully the Rialto is equally lovely to work with!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh! What gorgeous stuff. Is there any way you could share the pattern for the popcorn hat in the picture you took with the book? I've been looking for something JUST like that for ages and would really appreciate it! Thanks :) Nicola

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