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Archive for February, 2011


Rats, and cats, and hats, oh, my!

Dear Jan,

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It seems we have rats.

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Fortunately, we also have cats.

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In order, Lisa’s Rock Creek Hat, Carrie’s Man Hat, and my Mirelle, which I have named Fair (Isle) Talk.  They are all for the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads project, which I am happy to report continues making headway (heh!) towards sending a special hand knit hat to every Congressperson.  We stand at 14% of the 535 total members officially on the tracker; I believe there are a number of knitters out there working away who haven’t contacted me.  Further details on the project can be found in the link at the right side of this website, in the Ravelry group by the same name, or on the Facebook page.

111.jpgSeveral other knitters from my Monday night group were working on hats, though they sneaked away before I could get a picture.  A standout project of the night was The Other Lisa’s T-shirt, a long time in the knitting but so worth the effort.

10.jpgI can’t go without posting a hurrah for the Packers.  I wore Wilson’s jersey down to StephenBe’s Super Bowl party, where Steven was wearing the non-partisan jersey for his Own team.  I’m not sure he actually knew who was really playing, but it didn’t matter.  We had fun.

14.jpgSome of us had so much fun, in fact, that we were head over heels.

I hope your week has started out fun.

Love,

Ellen

A double digit celebration…

Dear Jan,

Warm Hats Not Hot Heads heard from a few more knitters yesterday, taking our total coverage of Congress to double digits – 10% of our Representatives and Senators have a knitter who has committed to knitting them a hat!  In celebration of that, I am offering up a new hat pattern for free.

13.jpgI call this Hat’s Not Another Noro Scarf!  Even though I haven’t knit one, those striped ribby scarves knit out of a long color repeat yarn like Noro enchant me with their waves of undulating color and sometimes surprising juxtaposition of hues.  But five feet of 1×1 ribbing isn’t my thing.  Twenty inches, however, in a narrower band – definitely something I could wrap my brain around.

Or more accurately, something I could wrap around my brain, in the form of a self-striping hat.  With a decorative cast on to establish the striping right off, a band of 1×1 ribbing forms the brim of a quick to work but satisfyingly clever hat.
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The ribbing, worked in alternating colorways 2 rows at a time, is stitched closed and trimmedwith buttons or decorative closures of your choice.  The crown of the hat is picked up along the edge of the brim.  Knitter’s choice as to whether to continue with the striped theme and knit with both colorways in a spiral to the center or to opt for a single yarn used to the finish.  Width of brim can also be varied as one chooses.

2.jpgYou’ll note a small error in the version I’m wearing – I did 4 rows of one color instead of two.  But this couldn’t be ripped out – it was when I was knitting for the world’s record at Sock Summit back in 2009 and is one of my best mementos of that trip.

The link to the pattern is here.  It’s a Ravelry link, but if you aren’t a member of Ravelry and would like a copy, just leave a comment on the blog and I’ll send one to you directly.

3.jpg4.jpgAnd here is another hat for the WHNHH campaign.  This one is Jared Flood’s popular (and also free) pattern, Turn a Square.  I’m calling mine Crossing State Lines as I will likely be sending this one to one of the Senators or Representatives outside of Minnesota who don’t have a committed knitter yet.

Apparently, as sure as I love knitting with browns and greys, Selkie likes hat modeling.

12.jpgNote: This gratuitous sunrise shot is proof I DO like other colors.  Just not as much as brown and grey.  🙂

Love,

Ellen

Graytones…

Dear Jan,

11.jpgFor as long as I can remember, my favorite color has been gray.  Kiddens are an excellent way to add gray to your home decor.

1.jpgAnd Thorpe,  a free pattern by Kirsten Kapur, when knit out of two shades of gray in Debbie Bliss Como Merino/Cashmere is an excellent way to feel how soft this color is.  This hat, knit for the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads campaign, is currently destined for my MN Representative, Erik Paulsen.  I rarely agree with Representative Paulsen’s positions, but knitting for him has helped me see him as a person.

Too bad I can’t get the hat to him today.  We’re supposed to be creeping barely above zero for the next day or so, and this is just that hat for it.

I know you are nice and warm down in Jamaica.

Love,

Ellen

P.S. We’ve climbed over 8% coverage of Congress with soft hats to encourage softer political rhetoric.  Check out the details at the link in the right sidebar or in the Ravelry group, Warm Hats Not Hot Heads, OR in the new Facebook page of the same name!

Updated (and final!) details on WHNHH

Hi, all,

Alison and I discussed the various options for the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads campaign and have made some decisions on how to move forward.  Check out the details in the page link in the right sidebar of this blog –  or click HERE.

In short –

  1. Choose a recipient for your hat.
  2. Let me know who you are knitting for.
  3. Knit the hat.
  4. Deliver the hat as close to February 28 as is practical for you.  Personal delivery is best, mail to district offices (not D.C.) second best, and sending a photo of the hat donated to a charity on the Congressperson’s behalf is a third option.
  5. Spread the word – send people to the details page, the Ravelry group (Warm Hats Not Hot Heads), Alison’s or my blog, and soon, a Facebook group!

Let me know in comments or in email (e DOT silva AT comcast DOT net) if you have any questions.  And Thanks!

Ellen