Third is (still) a charm

I did it again! I knit another Rikke hat. This one was a birthday gift for my mom, who attempted to steal Rikke no.2. To be honest, I don’t get tired of knitting this pattern.

Enjoying the process and the product is priceless!

  • Pattern: Rikke hat by Sarah Young. Free on Ravelry.
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in colorway Pocion (Spanish word for potion).
  • Needles: US 7 for brim and US 8 for body of the hat.
  • Ravelry: project page.
  • Modifications:
    • Cable cast on – 96 stitches
    • Crown decreases: k12, pm…


A hat and its possibilities

This lovely pattern was part of a yet another KAL that I started with frenzy but then put aside and didn’t finish by the deadline. I keep getting “F” on my KAL report cards!

I absolutely love this simple hat pattern. But, I don’t enjoy knitting with cotton. Hopefully, the hat will provide some warmth this winter. And, also hopefully, it will be comfortable to wear. If this hat doesn’t work out, my plan is to frog and knit dish clothes with the yarn. I am trying to look at a half full of glass (for a change!).

The details:

Handspun Hat

I am hoping this small project motivates me to pick up my knitting needles more often. I am using my hand spun and re knitting a favorite design. It’s a win-win!

For this second Rikke hat, I will be looking into adding some soft fabric on the inside of the brim as the yarn is a bit too rustic for my skin. A curious eye will quickly notice the “ridge” on the hat. Let’s call it a design feature (although you and I know that I knit two rows by mistake….ugh!).

The details:

  • Fiber/Yardage: Wensleydale, approximately 150 yards, 2 ply. Find out more about this fiber: here.
  • Rikke no. 1: Ravelry project page: here.
  • Rikke no. 2: Ravelry project page: here.

Finished Object: Handspun Hat

Do you agree with me on that there aren’t enough handspun hats out in the world? I am changing that one at a time. This is my first hat of the New Year!

The original post showcasing the yarn can be found: here.

The details:

Yarn: Superwash Targhee spun from commercially dyed fiber from Highland Handmade (no longer in business).

Needle size: US 7 – 4.5 mm

Pattern: March Hat by Meghan Babin for Kelbourne Woolens. This is part of the “Year of Hats” collection. All twelve free patterns are found in Ravelry: here.


  1. Did not change needle size for brim (ribbing)
  2. Added a few pattern repeats for a slouchier hat

Ravelry: project page

Antlers on


The Antler toque is a wonderful, and free, pattern by the talented Tin Can Knits team. I used “Imperial Yarn Columbia” in the Teal Heather color way. This is an Aran weight yarn. The recommended yarn for this pattern is worsted weight. 

I should have used different size needles as it turned out a bit tight for my big “brain”. You live, you learn. It is still getting a lot of use. Baby, it is cold outside!




I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend some time with my family and wool!
This is my latest handspun. It is an Aran to Chunky weight– which is not my standard spinning. I am super happy with this skein of 126 yards. 
I am currently finishing up the L’Arbre hat. The pattern is included in the book “Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads” by Cirilia Rose.

This pattern was very popular due to a Fringe Association hat along. You can get the pattern for free as linked in this post.

There must be instant gratification

My husband chose Malabrigo Rasta in Azul Profundo for a hat. After ten years together, he finally got his first hand knit. Project details: here.

These mittens fall in the quick and mindless bucket. I see more mittens in my future as enabled by this post from Fringe Association.

I will always remember that I bought the skein at a yarn bus. Project details: here.

Keep your hot chocolate close and your knits closer. Have a great weekend.

Back home with two FOs

My husband and I are back home after spending some nice days in South Carolina.

Highlights of the trip:

Since my last post, I finished two hats for the Charity Hat-Along.  IBoth hats, Barley and Cottage Cap were easy and enjoyable.

FO: Belugah hat and cupcake dreams

The free pattern has instructions for beanie and slouchy hats. It calls for one skein of Manos del Uruguay Maxima but I substituted for Patons Classic Wool from my stash.

Project details: here.

Plans are being finalized for our daughter’s birthday the second week of May. We are looking forward to sunny days, cupcakes, balloons, knitting, more cupcakes and some spinning.