January 19, 2007


Continuing with this theme of blocking -- On Tuesday, I finished a Tierra cap that I'd started the Saturday prior. (That's right -- a 4-day project -- hooray!) Because the cap has cabling, the finished project right off the needles was lumpy. I remembered that one of the Feral Knitters always talks about how her husband will wear the Fair Isle hats that she knits for him, still damp from washing, in order to block them. I thought that sounded equally good for even a non-Fair Isle cap, so all of Wednesday afternoon I wore the damp Tierra cap on my head.

Imagine taking a picture of the back of your head:


Project: Tierra Cap
Pattern from: Simply Shetland Book 3
Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Heather Aran, color Horizon
Needles: Size 7

A note about the needle size: A couple of the Feral Knitters have knitted these caps, too. I already knew from their experiences in getting gauge that the needle size listed in the pattern, i.e., size 5, must be for a very loose knitter. Knowing that I am a tight knitter, I didn't even consider starting out with anything smaller than a 7.

Want to see this cap in person? Come by Booth #7 at the Madrona Fiber Arts retreat, where you'll find it on display!

I'm continuing to gather materials for my booth. Everyone left me great suggestions in the comments after the last entry. And yesterday I met with my little group of Master Knitter Wannabes, and they gave me even more great suggestions. Onward!

Posted by Karen at January 19, 2007 11:28 AM

I like it! You are just full of great ideas. I bet you had serious hat head when it was time to take the hat off!!

I'll be dropping by to visit you in the booth. Good Luck!

Posted by: Naomi at January 21, 2007 08:53 AM

I've decided to go back to Madrona this year. I'm looking forward to visiting your booth. See you this weekend.

Posted by: Lizbeth at January 23, 2007 10:51 AM