Pattern: Sikkim by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Dalegarn Baby Ull

Needles: 2.25mm and 3.25mm

Start Date: October 6th 2008

Finish Date: October 22nd 2008

I love my new beret so much! It was a blast to knit, just when I got used to one pattern it would change into another.  Not a dull moment to be had.

This yarn was originally bought to knit Norweigan Stockings with but as I’ve had it over two years and still have not yet attempted fair isle I figured it would be ok to use it. That and the colours would be perfect for this slouch. Baby Ull was really nice to knit with, very soft and smooshy, I’ll have to keep it in mind for some baby knits.

I plan on knitting another one in a burgandy/wine later on but next on the agenda are mitts to match my new hat!

In the nick of time…

I finished clue 3 of my Through the Loops Mystery Socks last night. Just in time for the 4th clue to be released today. Phew! Hopefully i’ll be able to stay on top of things until the end. I put my partially finished socks on the blockers so I could take some pictures and discovered this…..

What the deuce???? How the heck did I manage to screw the pattern up so badly when I was following it to a T???

A mild heart attack and a turn of the sock to the RIGHT position and…. heart attack over!!! PHEW!!!

Clue 4 is up and its more lace and cable patterning…. Here’s hoping I can get them done by the time the final clue comes out next wednesday!!!

Sikkim just has a few ends to weave in, a good blocking and it will be set for a photo shoot. I haven’t even tried the hat on yet but I love it. I hope it looks as good on as it does while knitting it. I’m already dreaming of another one in different colours….. maybe I should try it on first before I get ahead of myself!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some weaving to do!

Knitting Through The Loops

It is time!

Although I’m not done showing my finished knits I think its time to show some works in progress otherwise those will just turn into FO’s as well and the cycle will continue. I’ve cast on for a few things and lately i’m having to keep myself calm enough not to cast on for more, its knitters ADD and I caught it from Heidi!!! Everytime I talk to that girl she’s started something new and well I guess it might have rubbed off on me. Thats it no more knitting dates!!! Kidding I’m kidding, I don’t know what i’d do without my knitting dates :)

Anyway as I was saying knitters ADD… after I cast off my Retro Redux I really didn’t have anything in mind to knit. Of course there are hundreds of lovely patterns I WANTED to knit but nothing that was calling me. I’ve come to the conclusion that if it ain’t calling it ain’t getting knit! I always end up frustrated, make too many mistakes and it just turns into yarn being thrown across the room. So for a week I sat, and waited and waited for that “I want to be knit project to show itself to me”, it was one long week let me tell ya.

I was just beginning to wonder if I was every going to knit ANYTHING again when the perfect pattern came to me. Let me back track for just a second here. I’ve already talked about how I was a little nervous to get my hair cut due to the cold neck syndrome but there was also one more knitterly thing that was making me think twice.

My lovely Gretel. Last winter I finally found a style of hat that I could wear through all that snow to keep me warm and still look cute on. I was very concerned that I wouldn’t be able to wear her if I got my hair cut and what in the world would I do to keep the ole ears warm this winter??  As soon as I came home from getting my hair done I dug out Gretel and tried it on…..

Perrrrrrfect! There’s still enough hair there to pull off the slouchy beret so it only makes perfect sense that my next project be a new beret.

 This is Sikkim by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops. Everyone know’s who Kirsten is and her wonderful designs!  Sikkim is a slouchy beret that she recently came out with and I immediately queued it the minute I saw it. Sikkim is amazing, the colour and patterning make it pure perfection.

I was kind of shocked when I went to the ravelry page and realized only one person has made the beret so far, not including Kirsten’s of course. I’m assuming it will only be a matter of time before more people cast on, i’m hoping they will because this is a pattern you don’t want to miss out on.

I’m also taking the opportunity to knit another Through the Loops pattern. This Koigu RPM will become Kirsten’s Socktoberfest Mystery Socks. I’m not the greatest for KAL’s as I usually get side tracked with another knit but I WILL have these done by the end of October. I’m planning on knitting then both at the same time and doubt I will have any troubles keeping myself entertained with one of Kirsten’s patterns.

I guess its a Through the Loops knit off on the Ridge. Wish me luck!