Blue Beanie Beret (Knitted Beret)

I needed to do some selfish knitting between the Christmas gifts that I’ve been making this year. Mostly because I needed some mittens for our trip to the North this winter.

Lovely by Suann Wentworth

Lovely by Suann Wentworth

I dug some Noro Taiyo Aran yarn out of my stash. It was calling to me to be knitted up. But as my friend Beverly says, I gave the mouse a cookie and you know what happens when you feed the mouse? I needed a hat.

I remembered seeing one in this book (on my shelf. One of these days I will attempt to knit a tea cozy or two from the book … which is why I bought the book in the first place.)

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The hat in the book is called Blue Beanie Beret. Mine is anything but blue … more pink, purple, teal, purple, green, and did I mention purple? While purple is not necessarily my favorite color, I love the colors that are in Noro yarns and this one is no exception.  I do think I would like to make another hat in a plain or tweed yarn because it’ll be very different.

This was a simple knit on circular needles starting at the top of the hat and knitting to the brim. Because the yarn is bulky (heavy worsted, actually) it knits up very quickly and I had the hat completed in a couple of days. Easy peasy!

Top of the hat … lovely!

Top of the hat … lovely!

Construction starts at the top of the hat with eight stitches … Increasing to make the beret top and then decreasing to where it is knit plain and ending with a stretchy bind off. Loani Prior has designed a great hat that I am eager to wear!

The finishing touch was/is a little rose. It is the designer’s intent for you to knit it in a contrasting yarn. Mine is in the same yarn because I was lazy. (I’m honest.) I have a bit more of the yarn and it’s the teal part of the colorway which I think might be a nice (nicer?) contrast on the rather pink brim of the hat. I’m going to sew mine onto a pin so that I can wear the hat with or without the rose.

A rose is a rose ...

A rose is a rose …

I think my Lovely mittens and my (Anything but) Blue Beanie Beret are wonderful. Can’t wait to wear them at Christmas time when I’m up in New England!

Gone knitting!

 

 

A Wonderful Day in Maine

Yesterday we decided to take a drive. It’s an old-fashioned idea, I know. My dad used to take us on a drive on Sundays. We’d all climb into the back seat of his car (sometimes with the top down) and, though there was always some “Mom, he’s over the line” bickering, off we’d go. Once I recall my brother letting go of a cloth diaper when the convertible top was down. Not sure how he survived that one!

Anyway, I’ve wandered from my purpose here.

Yesterday we decided to take a drive. We had a slow, lazy start to the day with coffee on the front porch and then packed up the dogs and headed to Bath.

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My plan was to visit Halcyon Yarns. (N had his cameras and can always keep himself busy for a couple of hours while waiting for me to shop for yarn. And it was cool enough for the dogs to come with us rather than be crated in the house.)

Part of why I love to visit Halcyon Yarns is because it’s not just a knitting shop. I can while away hours imagining learning all the crafts that they carry the stuff for – needle felting, spinning, rug hooking, tatting, weaving, and crochet. I’ve probably missed a few. Aisles and aisles of fiber from warp (or is it weft?) to cotton, and wool and alpaca and silk threads and many different weights of each. Some are actually Halcyon yarns and some are from well-known companies like Noro and Cascade. And a room full of pattern books and mugs and yarn bowls and … well, you get my drift.

I carefully paced myself as it can be a dangerous thing, shopping for yarn. But this time I was “good”. I only bought a few things …

Noro Taiyo Sock - Color S17 Lot D Cotton, Wool, Polyamide & Silk 24-26 sts x 36-38 rows = 4 inches on US 2-3 needles

Noro Taiyo Sock – Color S17 Lot D
Cotton, Wool, Polyamide & Silk
24-26 sts x 36-38 rows = 4 inches on US 2-3 needles

Two skeins of  Noro Taiyo Sock yarn (in Color S17-D) for another (more colorful) Bermuda Shawl. And, yes, the two skeins are the same colorway! I can’t wait to start knitting with this yarn!

Noro Taiyo - Color 35 Lot A 100 grams, 200 meters Cotton, Silk, Wool & Nylon

Noro Taiyo – Color 35 Lot A
100 grams, 200 meters
Cotton, Silk, Wool & Nylon

One skein of Noro Taiyo (Color 35-A which was on sale) for a knitted lamb from the new Noro (Spring/Summer) Magazine. I also bought the magazine.

Hlacyon Gemstone Soft Twist Silk - Lot 15989 - 240 yards 100% silk, Sport weight 5-7 sts = 1 inch on US 3-5 needles

Hlacyon Gemstone Soft Twist Silk – Lot 15989 – 240 yards
100% silk, Sport weight
5-7 sts = 1 inch on US 3-5 needles

I bought a hank of Halcyon’s Gemstone Soft Twist Silk in a silver color (not sure what the gemstone is … diamond? I like diamonds!) This is to knit a necklace that I saw online … on Facebook, if my memory serves.

Indulgence Sock Yarn - Color 105 Lot 18411 426 yards, 21 sts x 27 rows = 4 inches on size US 3-6 needles Merino wool & Polyamide

Indulgence Sock Yarn – Color 105 Lot 18411
426 yards, 21 sts x 27 rows = 4 inches on size US 3-6 needles
Merino wool & Polyamide

And last, a ball of Indulgence 6-ply (also on sale) Sock Yarn with which I’ll make socks. I just loved the colors in the yarn (and it’s really soft, too.) The sample that was on the table was a tubular scarf knitted in all of the different colorways … I almost bought one of each. Almost.

Halcyon also has a bunch of wonderful-sounding classes available if you’re looking to take one! And the people who work there are very friendly and helpful … if you don’t mind wandering aimlessly, you can do it for hours at Halcyon Yarn! You’re going to enjoy the ever-changing samples at Halcyon, too! I saw no fewer than three sweaters that I would like to knit. Too bad I brought three projects with me from Florida!

And while you’re visiting Bath, it’s worth your while to visit the Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum. For $27 (adults) you’ll get admission to both a 1-hour tour of the place where our US naval warships are being built. Some are so super secret that you’re not allowed to take photographs! Really fascinating! You can also visit Popham Beach (beware, the water in Maine is wicked cold!) and Reid State Park.

Parks, new things to learn and fiber. Just a few of the reasons that I return to the area every year!

Gone knitting.