Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sanity Beret

I was afraid blogger wouldn't let me log in after not having posted for so long but it still works, yay! Where have I been? Alive and kicking but really busy. I started grad school last fall and took a full course load on top of working 40 hours a week. There was no time for anything not school related, no knitting, no blogging, no watching movies, no socializing. I got home from work and hit the books. I woke up on the weekends and started to study right after breakfast. It was hard but it was also fun and I kept surprising myself by pushing the boundaries of what I thought I can do further and further. There was however one point right after midterms where I needed to knit something so my mind could relax a little and my senses enjoy something other than a plastic keyboard. It needed to be quick and useful so I picked the cabled beret from Debbie Bliss new magazine and soft non-itchy wool. It took me just a day to finish it and it is perfect. I've been wearing it a lot since then, but during our annual Bodega Bay outing last weekend it was actually too hot (we've had crazy warm temps in California the last week) to wear.
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It was a lovely day, not a cloud in the sky. The seals were having fun bodysurfing the waves, it was amazing to watch. I could stare at the waves rolling in all day long.
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Pattern: Cabled Beret from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2008
Yarn: 2.5 skeins Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran, color 13
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm and US 8 / 5.0 mm
Mods: I knit this in the round instead of flat to avoid seaming (to keep the pattern correct I cast on two sts less).
I'm not sure I would use the yarn for a sweater (it was difficult to get the sts even though it may have been me), but it feels very soft without being itchy on my head. After wearing it now for a few months I think it was a great choice for the beret.

22 comments:

Philigry said...

i love this on you! so good to "hear" from you! Happy New YEar.

nicole said...

Welcome back, even if it's just for a quick little surfacing before you plunge right back into the books.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful knitting!

Kara said...

Oh, you have been busy! I always admire people that can do the school and work thing at the same time. A part of me really wants to go back to school, but I really love ME time.

Your beret is fabulous and your pictures are gorgeous as usual.

grumperina said...

Oooo, I love it so! I love the idea of the pattern - cables narrowing at the crown - and I love how you executed it!

Nonnahs said...

Hey, good to see you! I love that beret- the cables are fantastic!

Dolores said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful knit work you do and for sharing. I look often to see if you've posted something new. Good luck in your studies!!!

Lin said...

Its nice to hear how you have been getting on, the hat is lovely.

weedwacker said...

Beautiful hat, and love the photographs too. What kind of camera do you use?

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I missed you (and your knitting).

Susan

Erin said...

Well hello there! You have been missed. I really love the beret, it does look perfect for warm comfy wearing.

Jen said...

Your hat looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Ana said...

First of all wellcome back! I checked your blog almost everyday for news it is great to have you back!

Love the beret too!

tiennie said...

That is gorgeous!

emileeknits said...

Glad to see you back! The hat looks great.

Lisa said...

Wow - you are a busy person! Good luck with your studies and your work.

I really like your beret as well. It looks nice on you.

Connie said...

What a beautiful hat - all those lovely, chunky cables. You're so productive with working and going to school!

Little Ears said...

Nice to see your post... I've missed your beautiful photography.

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Toni said...

It is so beautiful.

interknitter said...

Hooray, you are back!

I know I'm late to this post and the party, but I have missed you and your posts, and stopped by just on the off-chance that you were posting again* - and you are!

Hope school is going well. Looking forward very much to reading your posts, however far apart they may be spaced.

P xo

*(still haven't figured out bloglines ... yup, a techno-ignoramus - I told my boyfriend my computer was always slow when it was making that 'tickly' noise, and he almost fell off the sofa laughing and told me it was the hard drive. And?)

KIRAFASHION said...

LOve the hat!

aquamom60 said...

any suggestions for making this beret on larger needles, say 8s and 10-1/2s? I know you would lose about 3 cables in the process. It is absolutely lovely as is, but I am an impatient knitter and am getting frustrated with the pattern as is...any help would be great!