It's Turkey Day in the US . . . and even though I am not in the US right now, I just wanted you all to know how thankful I am for all of you and for the care and support you have all given Knot Another Hat over the last five and a half years.
People like to say these kind of platitudes all the time... "We'd never be here with you all", yadda yadda yadda. But I really, truly mean it.
To Nichole, Jill, and Destiny - my three rockstar employees who for three and a half years have had flexible schedules, infinite patience (and I mean infinite), and the mad skillz to handle the shop for me when I can't be there - there would be no KAH without you three.
To my amazing local customers, who come in and sit on the couch and have a chat, or a laugh, or a coffee, or a RIIIIIIPPping back of an entire sweater - thank you. Thanks for your stories, your compassion, your willingness to let me run out to the bathroom.
To my wide and varied web customers (some of whom have been local customers at times) - thank you. If you've ever looked at your receipt and noticed we sign a thank you note on every order, you know that we are just one person in a yarn shop filling your order personally, or answering your email, and you have rewarded us for that level of customer service by coming back time and time again.
One fateful Friday in late September, Berroco released one of its Free Patterns via the KnitBits email. That was the day I met Aidez (ravelry link). We had just received our first shipment of Berroco Peruvia Quick, a light and lofty 2-ply bulky peruvian wool. It kind of screamed - KNIT ME! And......many of you know of my weakness for a good red color . . . . entonces, empece mi Aidez Rojo.
Pattern: Aidez, by Cirilia Rose, free from Berroco
I decided right away that since this was a raglan-sleeved design, I would modify it to knit it in one piece.
I casted on for two fronts and back at once and placed a LOT of markers to differentiate between the different motifs until I had a visual on them. When I hit the underarm bind-off areas, I instead placed them on hold to graft to the sleeve underarms later.
After knitting most of the first sleeve, I decided it was too snug for my taste and ripped it back. I changed to have almost the full number of stitches needed at the top of the sleeve down at the cuff, and consequently only worked 3 sets of increases up the length of the sleeve. I knit the first sleeve up from cuff to armhole in the round, then placed underarm bind offs on hold as well, then joined that sleeve to body. Ditto for second sleeve.
With all the pieces joined together, I knit the whole yoke up to neck incorporating the raglan shaping as written. The collar was just a touch trickier. Basically I left all neck and shoulder stitches live, and knit each half of the collar on as I went, attaching it to the live stitches using a ssk/p2tog join at the end of every other row. When each half was the right length to meet at the back neck, I grafted the live collar stitches together.
And then (and this is why I make these changes) IT WAS DONE! No sewing! Ha HAH! Blocked, and worn. To the beach on a stormy weekend - oh Aidez, how I love thee!
I'm just gonna go ahead and toot my own horn here, because I finished the items below WELL before their Christmas deadline - for once! (OK - in the interest of full disclosure, the deadline wasn't Christmas - it was a wedding on October 9th - but I figured they technically weren't needed until Christmas so that could be my new deadline, right?)
Two of my favorite people in the world got hitched recently, and their union created an amazing family of four. Because I'm always looking for an excuse to knit for my worthy peeps, I thought that a great way to honor the melding of four into one familial unit would be to start them out with some Christmas traditions - namely stockings.