Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Test Knitting

A few weeks ago, my young, talented friend Stéphanie published what I think is her first pattern, the Starcap. I really liked it, and commented on her blog that I would be willing to test knit it for her, should she need someone. I may not be the ideal test knitter (I think you need to be quick), but Stéphanie took me up on my offer, and would I mind correcting the English version as well?

I finished it this weekend, and I absolutely love it. It's stylish and fun and hip and funky and a super easy knit. I knit this with the Malabrigo Worsted I had leftover from my Snowball Hat.

Did I mention I love it? I had originally planned to put this hat in the gift pile, but it's TOTALLY mine. Yum-o!

If you're looking for a fun, hip hat pattern, definitely give this one a try. And as it turns out that either I've got a large noggin' or Stéphanie has a small one, the pattern now has 2 sizes! Can't go wrong with that.

So there was knitting this weekend at casa de Dear! My good friend Alison held an impromptu stitch & bitch at her house on Sunday, and after some pretty intense bargaining on my part (I let Phil go kiting in the morning, and took BOTH kids to Émilie's swim lesson - THAT was fun), Phil gave me the afternoon off. I saw old friends (Audrey, Dana, Marie-Michèle), got to meet some great new people (it was great to finally meet you Nathalie!), stuffed myself silly with sweets, and got some much needed lovin' from my girl, whose gangsta name for me (T-Roc) really tickles my funny bone.

I'm feeling a bit anxious lately. I've got and cought got startitis, I want to knit hats and socks and still entertain the occasional garment fantasy. But I also have Finished Object fever. The Noro Striped Scarf is still on the needles (and the deadline is fast approaching, so I'd better get cracking!). My Clapotis will be on the back burner for a while, because the Pacific Islands stole, which has been sitting in my knitting basket for months, is back in rotation as a thank you gift I need to have finished and blocked before April 1st. So probably not the best time to cast on something new...

Except I did anyway! That's right, I cast on a new pair of socks in the metro yesterday morning, this time using Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett in the Landscape Fire colorway.


I love this colourway.... but I guess after Sunday's post, the real question now becomes: Will I love these socks enough to wear them naked??? Guess we'll just have to see...

Happy Knitting Everyone!

7 comments:

Alrischa said...

Nobody's strong enough to hold off startitis for very long, anyway, so you may as well start something pretty to distract you from the fleeting guilt. Ü

I'm repressing startitis at the moment, to finish off a few things. You wait. I'll explode!

Sinéad said...

Love the hat, very sassy. I must check out that pattern.
That Kaffe Fassett yarn is yum! Love the colours.
Startitis is fine as long as you couple it with a healthy dose of finishitis as well!

Sereknitty said...

Cute hat! Did it require some stiffening material inserted in the brim, or was it fine on its own?

I'm struggling with 'startitis' myself, but so far, other than winding up a new ball, I've managed to hold off. We'll see how long that lasts!

Amelah said...

You look good in a hat!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Oh, me likes your Regia Landscape Fire. I cant wait to crack mine open.

Love the test knit - totally looks cute on you! I added it to my Rav queue :)

birana said...

It suits you so well!! wow! gorgeous! (it's my 1st real pattern.. meaning starting without any basics as for scarf). Thanks again for helping me.. it was not soo urgent btw, but it helped a lot! startitis? is it curable?! for kaffe fasset.. so nice those colors!

jeloca said...

LOVE the hat! I'm thinking black...with crazy funky buttons...