I know, I have not posted in a couple of weeks. The good news is that usually means that I have work that actually pays me and I am busy supporting my family. And I was busy for a couple of weeks . . . and then the boys had the week off from school. . . and we had a storm or two . . . but now things are finally getting back to a place of calm so the blog is up and running again. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!
Yes, I did miss you all.
In the meantime, I was able to get a few projects finished – and the one I am most excited to tell you about is the Uhlan Hat!!
This is a free pattern on Knitty.com designed – well, interpreted – by Franklin Habit. There are alot of things to love about this pattern.
For one – it is REALLY warm. It covers the head, the ears and the neck and, for an active boy living in the Northeast part of the U.S., that is essential.
The ribbing around the face can be folded back so you can see easily . . .
or kept in a tube to reduce the impact of winds on the face.
It is also fairly easy to knit. You start by knitting a rectangle which is at the top of the head and then you pick up stitches along two sides to knit the main body of the hat.
When you get to the end of the hat portion, you just cast stitches to connect the sides around the face opening and start knitting the k2 p2 ribbing down the neck. When you have completed the neck portion, you pick up the stitches surrounding the face opening, knit a k2 p2 ribbing around the face for 2 inches – and it is done!! (If you don’t want the “tube” option you can just knit a one inch ribbing and be done with it.)
The yarn was really nice to work with. This is Mission Falls 1824 superwash wool. Though the skeins are only 50 grams – only 85 yards per skein – I got it on sale at my local yarn store at her February sale and it only took 3 skeins for the entire hat. The color is great – a darker orange so Markus could have a hat in his favorite color that would not be the neon orange that say, oh, the Storm costume was.
So, lets get to my favorite part of the hat. It is . . . . .
Or at least Franklin Habit thinks it could be. In researching the hat he found that “[t]he Uhlans were a lance-bearing Polish light cavalry, founded in the 18th century.” And it is an Uhlan hat . . . . . .
He notes that the hat could be Prussian, or British, and that he could not actually find a picture of an Uhlan hat to prove any of this – but this was close enough for me!! Made me happy to think of my boy wearing a good Polish hat to keep him warm – since it gets cold in Poland too!!
Okay, maybe I am stretching it just a little – but it made me happy while I was knitting it. I love passing my love for all things Polish to my boys.
I have some more projects finished to show you soon – including TWO pairs of socks!! Woo Hoo!! I am also working on another pair of mittens (green – for Vash), finishing a vest, and a hat for the Xmas box.
Its been busy.
I will leave you with a picture of my two baby boys sitting in the snow together.
Onward and Upward.