I was leaving the instructor said "You don't even know what's coming next!" I guess I will begin this entry with that quote and hope that the instructor lives up to those words. I made a tiny brown visor today for a hat that will have a visor as one of it's features. Anyway I am supposed to connect 2 pieces together but am not sure how to count the rows since one is right side up and one is up side down. Hmmm.. I never noticed that upside down was up-side-down. Interesting how I never notice anything.
I counted 8 rows but there are loose pieces, like 4 on the side of the piece so I cannot put the sides together because those pieces will be inside and no one will be able to get to them ever again. I get lost around loose pieces. I never know where they are coming from, how tight to pull on them, which to tie together and how to weave them in. In terms of these I feel like they have to be cut off. They will make the visor bulky. Also one side has 76 stitches and the other 77 and no one showed me how to pick up stitches in this situation although there were plenty of opportunities! My fault also.. I should have demanded that I be shown. Anyway going to sleep. I hope it does not snow too much because I want to see what this hat is all about.
I am making popcorn stitches. I forgot to do one so then I decided that I was going to perform what the instructor calls 'surgery' and make a popcorn after the fact and did. It looked B+ but it was not the same as the others so I had to undo an entire popcorn row. Anyway I am on popcorn row#2 and I am very impressed with myself. I did not try to stick the popcorns on the wrong side even though the minute they are made they automatically want to go there, I seem to wrap the yarn the correct way and I placed the popcorns where they should go in the pattern. They alternate from 7 to 6. This hat is really cute. I love the visor. It's so thick and puffy and the little popcorn things kind of match my eyes if stand a mile away. The instructor said I look like a radish today. She has a picture of a radish in her store. The radish is knitting. Don't ask. I am sure this is her idea of a compliment and I appreciate it as much as I can under the circumstances. Just kidding.
If the last stitch looks loose twist it a couple of times before slipping it over
Sad. I have so much finishing on this hat, you name it, it's not done. A million loose strings from the bobbles on the inside.. sewing the hat.. sewing the ear pieces.. I learned how to do this cord. I think it's gimp butterfly but with yarn. The instructor did it for my shrug and tried to show me but I was not in the mood back then. She showed me three times today and I did not get it either.. so she let me be. I sat around sulking for 10 minutes and then I somehow started looking at it and got it. I knew the idea but I could not figure out the finger motion and like I still don't know how I figured it out. Maybe it's because I have seen it like 5 times before or maybe when I was 10 years of age I learned the butterfly at Camp Tevya? I really just cannot believe I got it. It's like I mimic her finger motion without knowing what the fingers really did if that makes any sense. I did it once before when I saw her pick up stitches without the crochet hook. I was able to repeat it.. not like it's a huge deal.
She was in a very weird mood today.. pretended to be interested but her mind was someplace else.. like really far. She said there will be room on her website for my blog. I am sure she did not mean this one.. I did not react. I blog how it is and like I don't know if that is client appropriate plus I am sure she will want to handle her own blog herself. I did one chord almost all by myself. I cannot spell. Anyway I looked like a true spinstress. Someone was looking at me make this rope and said they were fascinated by what I was doing. That always helps. Sad.
Decrease on hat was 10/19/19/19/10 and k2tog before / and ssk after the / until you could not continue anymore... then you did k2tog. I am still upset because I did not realize there were 9 left so I did k2tog on 1st 2 instead of slipping. We made some boggles on the decrease.. like knitted 2 sparkly ones together with the brown yarn.
I tried on the hat. It's undone in the back and pinned with a stitch holder but I cannot see that from the front. From the front it's amazing. Today people were complimenting it somewhat but I was not responding because I like thought they were stating simple facts. I did some more of the cord but did not finish because I was twisting the 3 strings. I am sure I am not holding it the totally correct way. I tired sewing the hat but was not sure how to do that "star motion in and out" thing at the top so pulled everything out. Holes are my biggest fear in life at this point. I got a manicure the color of this hat yesterday. It was not a conscious decision since I was looking for my usual colorless and saw brown and wanted brown. I still cannot believe I learned that cord. I don't even know what to call it. It looks like I am weaving rope from 3 strings. I never thought I'd learn it. I used to feel about it the same way I feel about the star motion. I first saw the cord on January 6th of this year so it's been 24 days. I cannot wait until morning to take some photographs. I am a little concerned how the finishing will go. I am not coming in tomorrow since today really wore me out.. so Monday and again mood depending and I am not talking about my own. I really feel like it's time for a large project but I will need a benefactor for that. I keep thinking how the instructor said ".. it's my time and my expertize" I cannot seem to forget it.
I tried the visor again today and used my scrap yarn from my dad's sweater. I did half of it and then was trying to figure out how both sides were connected together once it was done and could not figure it out. I even went as far as thinking that the instructor sewed it together while I was not paying attention. When I was done imagine my surprise when my visor was also together! Anyway I feel not very smart at all. I mean I finally got it but it was like a theorem and why is it a theorem for me when it's so obvious to her?
I only wrote down the instructions for the visor and not the thing that goes around and I will never figure out how to do it in a million years. So much for writing patterns for the instructor for when she is famous. The mystery of the visor continues into Sunday morning.
! I remembered. We knitted one side and then the other. I had to make sure the other side was the same. I just read that in my blog! Otherwise I never would have remembered this. This is why we had to use odd yarn on the side things because there were 2 sides to each side if that makes any sense. My night is complete. I would still like to redo this hat.. my brother's hat and the back of my Malabrigo where the cables separated. I don't remember that at all. I think the ear flaps were done like the visor.. short rows but I cannot remember how many. I still did not finish making cord #2. It really upsets me.. that and zippers and crocheted edges and tops of hats where you have to go in and out with the star motion.. and the starting of the sleeves... and the end when you are done sewing and you don't know where to end and the loose string .. so many things. The other day the instructor showed me this hat she made and she said the visor was round on the top and straight on the bottom and then the other way around and I did not understand anything. One more thing to think about. The hat was adorable. It had a button that was covered over with the yarn at the top. I don't even know how to do that. Do you use yarn or do you knit a piece and cover. I bet you knit a piece.
I am going to do some notes on the visor because I do not want to hold a pen today.
1. When you make the 23stitch sides take the odd yarn out first and then connect the pieces otherwise it's a huge pain to take the odd yarn out once everything is connected
2. Count the stitches once you have everything connected
3. Fix the holes somehow in the connection part, I think she picked up stitches but I could not do it and left it
4. The loose ends can go inside the double piece if there is one
5. Count the stitches when you are done with the visor in the following way:
count the first-middle-last section on each of the sides so you can increase the one that is missing. For example one may be missing on the mid-section and then the visor will be off when you connect the 2 sides to make it double
I made the visor. You can turn it upside down to make another type of hat. But the visor is a little bit smaller so it's not the right size.
PS Of course I can never stop talking. Anyhow everyone looks at this hat.. any age and gender. I was in a Marshall's fitting room the other day and a girl complimented me on it.