Episode 2A: All About Hats



Hosts

Sherri, host, knitter, spinner, and fosters dogs.

You can find Sherri as
TangledThread on Ravelry
Instagram: geminatepodcast

Tamara, co-host, knitter, knitwear designer, hiker, mom.

You can find Tamara as
tammo on Ravelry
Instagram: tamaramoots
Blog: www.tamaramoots.com
Knitwear Designs: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots 

Current Projects

Sherri:
Morel Hat by Heidi Marie Robinson out of Mineville Wool Project Merino Singles in the color Beauxbatons.
Spinning the Narwhal Pool Party fiber by Hipstrings into yarn to knit the Botanical Yoke Pullover by Purl Soho. Sherri's spinning project page.

Tamara:
The first of two shawls in an upcoming Malachite Shawl Series out of Dream in Color Jilly in the colorway Green Lantern on US Size 2 (2.75 mm) needles.
Starting Point by Joji Locatelli in the very, very beautiful Rustic Fingering Gradient from Neighborhood Fiber Company in the Shades of Vermillion color.
Candy Cane Hats. Lots and lots of Candy Cane Hats in different sizes for the test knit

Finished Projects

Sherri:
Bookworm by Heidi Kirrmaier out Berroco Blackstone Tweed color 2684 Concord Grape (discontinued). 

Tamara:
The Candy Cane Cowl test knit.
A tiny baby hat out of leftover Knit Picks Swish DK in the colors Serrano and White. She found her favorite way to do jogless stripes here

What We've Been Wearing

Sherri:
Bookworm by Heidi Kirrmaier out of Berroco Blackstone Tweed. Sherri's Bookworm.
Snowhemian by Alex Tinsley. Sherri's Snowhemian handspun gray angora held double with scrap sock yarn Knit Picks Imagination color Pixie Dust (discontinued).
Cobblestone by Jared Flood. Sherri's Cobblestone named Walking Dead because while binge watching the show she dug deep into her stash and came up with sock yarn scraps.


Tamara:
Grand Canyon Scarf out of Malabrigo Rios in the color Sunset! It is wide and long with lots of texture in a color.
Basic Adult Mittens made out Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in a beautiful emerald green.
Aurora Hat in the Adult S size made out of Berroco Vintage Worsted in a pretty antique-off-white named Oats. 

Topic of the Show: Hats!

Hats are portable, make great gifts, use up scraps, good for learning new techniques in a low risk setting, one of the few knitted things teen boys will actually wear on purpose, fun and quick to knit plus important for dog walking.

There are more than 75,000 hat patterns on Ravelry. 20,000 of them are free patterns. Free patterns are a great place to start with hats. Or using the hat section in the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns is another great way to start knitting hats.

What Sherri likes best in a hat is a folded brim and reversible. She likes 88 to 130 stitches and uses her hand to measure when to start the crown decreases. When Tamara designs a hat pattern, she normally writes it for 5-6 sizes from Baby to Adult L. .

Something New: Top Down Hats

Sherri has used the book Hip Knit Hats by Cathy Carron for several top down hat patterns. In the past, she's knit Bret and Valery. Sherri's Bret is the best hat she's ever made out of a handspun angora kid mohair blend. She finds that top-down construction works very well with berets and pillbox shaping. Sherri's Valery was terrible as she didn't do a gauge swatch or frog once she realized the fabric was too tight. She learned that just because a hat is top-down doesn't stop needing to swatch the fabric and to do the math for circumference. For this podcast she started a  top down hat and it didn't go well until she learned Emily Ocker's Cast On. Once she had a good tight cast on for just a few stitches in the round, she started Bobbi with no problem. Sherri's Bobbi

Tamara came at top-down hats more willy-nilly and you'll hear more about that in Mulligans later. One of the sample hats she knit for the Candy Cane Hat was top down. The candy canes were originally written for the cowl and are worked "upside down" to how they should look on the hat. She figured out how to flip the candy canes and sent that version to the test knitters. But she thought....I have this completed hat pattern with the proper stitch counts and I have this candy cane chart from the cowl, I'm just going to knit the hat pattern backwards and see how it works. She realized right away that casting on that few stitches and trying to join in the round is super fiddly. So she went to find some free top down hat patterns from names she trusted to take a quick loo. She was doing it right-ish. She just doesn't like the process.

That's Entertainment

Sherri:
Undone on Amazon Prime.
Podcast Binge Mode. And also watching the Star Wars movies discussed in the podcasts. Most of the Star Wars movies were a rewatch but saw Rogue One for the first time.
Doctor Who Season 5 with Matt Smith "The Eleventh Hour" and the "The Beast Below" Sherri is always reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" when watching "The Beast Below" She kept watching until "The Vampires of Venice" and wants Amy's red scarf because of course, she did. Tamara has her version of the scarf available as a free pattern.

Tamara: 

MARS on Netflix.
Great British Baking Show on Netflix.
Horrible Histories on Amazon Prime.
Re-watching the Hobbit movies on DVD. Seems like a good time of year for it.
And looking forward to watching Season 4 of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime.
Reading the In Death series by JD Robb (who is also romance writer Nora Roberts).
Reading the Comoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (who is also JK Rowling).

Board Games 

(with Knitability Rankings from 0 with no time to knit at all to 10 with time to finish half a sock during the game)

Steam: Rails to Riches. Knittability: 3 or 4 (could go higher if we played more often).
Eclipse.  Knittability: 7 (or higher if you have lots of players).
Pandemic Legacy Season 1. Knittability: 9 (when playing more than 2 people, especially if you have someone else to put out the cubes and flip cards) 

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