Knit-Wise: Chunky Ribbed Hat Review

I admit that when I opened this project’s box, I was both excited and a little apprehensive!


I had never worked a project in the round before, used circular needles, or used any decreasing stitches.  But I was eager to knit a hat and dug into the project.  This box comes with all the materials you need – two balls of yarn, a set of circular needles, a tapestry needle, a knit counter (which my dog tried to destroy), and instructions.  There is enough yarn to complete either a small or large hat.  I selected “large” for my project, though the instructions didn’t really indicate how large “large” is supposed to be.

I did struggle a little bit with using the circular needles and learning how to stitch in the round.  When I started the project around Thanksgiving, I could not find the circular needles tutorial on Knit-Wise’s tutorial page.  I checked last night as I was wrapping up my project, and the tutorial was there, so it’s possible I simply had missed it when I’d checked the first time.  There were also tutorials for the other decreasing stitches I hadn’t tried before.  These stitches (like k2tog) were much easier than I had anticipated!  Besides my initial struggles with using the circular needles, the rest of the project was a breeze.


I really enjoyed this box.  The simplicity of the project made these techniques very accessible to new knitters like myself.  And now I have a beautiful hat to wear!  Now if only the weather can drop below 80 degrees again so I can actually wear it…






Labor Day Weekend

In the world of consulting, sometimes you are so busy that you’re not sure if you’ll be able to meet your deadlines on time (that was me two weeks ago).  And sometimes, you have no work to do, which leads you down a spiral angst as you wonder if no one ever wants to work with you again (that was me last week).  Labor Day weekend really couldn’t have come at a better time, as I was ready for some R&R.

It was a perfect long weekend.  Lots of lazy time on the couch, watching Investigation Discovery (check), catching the Half Price Books Labor Day sale (check), and eating some decadent yummy dishes (check). I also cleaned my house so I could (at least partially) feel like a responsible adult.

Yesterday I went tubing with Boyfriend and our friends at the Comal River.  I hadn’t been tubing before. It was a blast. I’m not a strong swimmer and am kind of afraid of water, so I dutifully skipped the first chute since it had an ominous “WEAK SWIMMERS EXIT NOW” sign. The other two I could not skip, which I’m glad, because they were FUN.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with like 10 being scary deadly rapids and 1 being a baby pool, these chutes were probably a 2.  But whatever, going through them made me feel like less of a wuss, okay?!

That evening we went to a Tex-Mex restaurant and ordered some delicious food.  My friend asked me something that I couldn’t hear over the din/the margarita had already hit.  Thinking that she had asked me if I did crafts, I enthusiastically responded, “Oh yes, I love all the fiber arts*.  I crochet, knit, embroider, and cross-stitch.”  She stared at me for a second and I realized then that she had not asked me about my handmade endeavors.  “Oh…I was wondering if you drink craft coffee,” she clarified. Ensue embarrassment and laughter.

Speaking of crafts (like…handmade crafts, not coffee), I was able to finish a project and make progress with some others.


I love, love, love Studio MME‘s work.  I think this is the fourth kit I’ve finished from her collection.  Her work is modern and very approachable for new embroiderers (you won’t see the dreaded French knot in her collection!)  So when I found out that she designed a kit of the Denver skyline to celebrate Fancy Tiger Craft‘s tenth anniversary, I was so excited.  I took a trip to Denver last year and it was one of my all-time favorite trips.  This kit is the perfect way to commemorate it.


I’m working on my first subscription box from Knit-Wise.  I’m probably about halfway through the kit, which involves making coasters.  I’m enjoying the kit so far and will post a review when I’m finished.  (I’m a fairly new knitter, so excuse the wonkiness.)  It kept me busy when Boyfriend decided to “make a quick stop” for “just an hour.”  (Multiply that by three.  When you’re dating a chemist, you learn to bring activities with you when he promises a quick trip to the lab).


I’m working on a pattern I picked up at Michael’s.  It’s called the Stepping Stripes Knit Pillow, and I’m using Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn for it.  It’s a fun project and is going pretty quickly so far.

My long weekend went by a little quickly, but with all the fun and relaxation I had, I can’t complain. I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!

*Yes, I really did say “fiber arts” because I’m a dork, though I’ll blame the margarita.