Repeat performances

Calorimetry times three, in my favorite yarn for this project, Plymouth Yarns Boku. One 99 yard skein, about 3 hours of time (maybe), one button, and you have an excellent gift for any size female head.

Oh, it’s not the first time I’ve knit it. Here’s two more, another, another, another, three in this post, three more here, another, another, and my first, back in 2011. Can it really be that I’ve knit 17 of these?  And that I still don’t have one of my own because they are selected as gifts from my gift stash almost as soon as they’re knit?

If you haven’t yet given Kathryn Schoendorf’s free Knitty pattern a try, it’s available through Ravelry. I recommend that you knit one. Tonight. 18,526 Ravelers have knit it and posted it on their project pages. Calorimetry is currently the 7th most-knit pattern on Ravelry. And it’s the only one that’s a head thing.

Here’s a closer look at these three.

Speaking of knitting multiples, Windschief, by Steven West is another frequent knit for me. Here’s my latest batch of three. This trio of Windschiefs is knit in Berroco Comfort. It’s a tad splitty. But for the wool adverse, and for some reason more of the men in my life are of the “it’s itchy” type, Comfort is an excellent choice. Here, in gray.

In cranberry.

And in a very, very, dull brown.

They-who-must-not-be-named tussled a bit over the dull brown. Who’d of thunk it? Actually, it’s a warm brown. Just a nice warm, dull brown.

My six dollar investment in this pattern has given back excellent value. These three, plus these five more (with a Windschief hat), and one more. The pattern includes a hat pattern that starts from the same cowl base and just works upward through crown decreases. Steven West when he was still designing dull. His designs aren’t dull anymore. But I think this one is still one of his best.

More Calorimetry

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rosie_caliThis easy, quick knit finds a home every time I bind off. It’s Kathryn Schoendorf’s Calorimetry, a free Knitty pattern, available here.  For me, one skein of Plymouth Yarn’s worsted weight Boku knits up the entire wide headband on a US size 7 needle, with a small ball to spare.

I find making these little things totally delightful. Some day, maybe soon, I should make one for myself. The red/gold/green quickly found a home and so did this jeweltone one:

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Click on the thumbnails to check out this pattern in various yarns I’ve knit with. Well, mostly it’s various colorways of Boku, but there’s not a one that isn’t cute as a bug’s ear.

Oops…another Calorimetry

Calorimetry is a really addictive quick knit. I’ve made so many now that it’s getting a bit embarrassing. I should probably quit posting them, but every one comes out different and cute in a new way. You can find this Knitty free pattern here. Kathryn Schoendorf, Calorimetry’s designer, deserves to be recognized in a knitter’s “hit parade” for this gem of a pattern. It’s been knit and posted 14,448 times on Ravelry. It’s waiting in 7092 queues as of this writing.

Here’s what Calorimetry looks like laid out flat:

Here’s a glimpse of the B.C. (before Calorimetry) time when the yarn was just a ball of Plymouth Yarns Boku:

Off-Season Knitting

I have always been prone to off-season knitting. I’ve been known to knit heavy wool afghans in the summer. You put the work in a flexible clothes basket so it doesn’t have to rest on your lap. In the dead of winter I may be knitting something in light spring colors, just to brighten up the mood some.

It will be awhile before anyone can wear this Calorimetry--an earwarming headband. Knitty’s free pattern has been knit and posted 13,160 times on Ravelry and it’s waiting to be knit in more than 6,000 Rav queues. It is blast to make, all the more so because even a pretty pokey knitter will have it completed in 3 hours. All the short rows are left unwrapped, creating small holes in the fabric, which gives the wearer flexibility in adjusting the button. This Calorimetry is knit with about 89 yards of Plymouth Boku, a 95% wool, 5% silk mix. Just a tad softer hand than Noro Kureyon.

I am working on a major slow poke blanket at the moment. It’s a fun slip stitch (mosaic) pattern, but after about 20 rows in a sitting I’m fighting to keep awake. So the new plan is that I am going to make some quick knits to give myself a break. This headband pattern is threatening to become my new favorite quick knit. I’m trying to convince myself it will look good even with my short hair. And when it’s on a head it doesn’t look a bit like lips. Not a bit.