Yarn Along – Watch caps

Winter makes me want to convert all the lurking balls of wool I have, into something that the family can wear. My current project admittedly meant a trip to the wool shop in Wells, so the yarn didn’t lurk for long this time. It needed to be anti-tickle yarn. The weather forecasters are talking about colder weather for the end of the week and then they finish with a small, knowing smile hinting of snow. (I wonder if they practise in front of the mirror) The snow will probably be further north, but either way it will involve hats.

The children will not wear the hats I knitted them last year to school. Anywhere else, but not school. A couple of mornings I have walked home, after dropping them off, with my pockets bulging with hats. Hmm. They say they are itchy, but I suspect it’s the bobbles and the pattern. No hurt feelings here, as the hats will get plenty of use when we are out walking, but it’s time to break out more wool.

I’m keeping it plain and simple this time. It’s the same merino blend that I used for my nephew’s hat and also the same pattern. One hat down, one half-finished and the third one waiting in the wings. We’ll see.

It is the perfect knitting project to do while reading. The yarn is double-knit (worsted) and the pattern straight forward. I’m working my way through the Anne McCaffrey Pern series. This is a re-read, but it’s been so long that I have forgotten them. Real escapism. (Just realised I was reading this series last time I joined in the Yarn Along. There are a whole stack of books in the Pern series, which I’ve read in the meantime!)


I have long since given into the fact that I need two knitting projects on the go – a long project and a quick fix knit. Now that the socks are complete, the beekeeper’s quilt is going to take over the role of long term project. I’m trying to do at least one hexi puff a day. They take more concentration than the hats, but, oh so satisfying. I’m going to keep track of progress in my sidebar to keep up the momentum, rather than blogging them on a regular basis.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along this week (I’m a little early). I’ll be over later to see what everyone is up to and say hello.  Are you joining in today?


14 thoughts on “Yarn Along – Watch caps

  • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Cheryl

    I love those hexy puffs, never seen them before.


    • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      It was one of those projects that once seen it was difficult to forget. After a year of trying to ignore it, I’ve finally given in. Loving it so far.

  • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    my *husband* is real picky about his hats! lily will put almost anything on her head, but it’s my husband i have to worry about!

    • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I kind of understand about not wishing to wear them at school. Caring and nuturing are not words I’d attribute to our school’s playground. Never mind. I hope these hats will be easier to wear.

  • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Hey, so funny, I started with hexipuffs this week too also trying to do one per day. It really is a pattern you can’t forget plus it is a wonderful way of cleaning off your stash. But to be honest I’m making my own kind. I could just not be bothered to by the pattern. But yours look just perfect. Will come and have a look how you are doing every now and then.

    • Thursday 10 January, 2013 at 11:06 am

      I’m loving doing the hexipuffs. Still at the stage where each one feels like a finished object! Very satisfying.

  • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Your hexipuffs are so cute! I have a few stashed away, and am trying to find the perfect time to really launch into the project.

    • Thursday 10 January, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Hope you find the right time to knit some more. I keep thinking how good they are going to look as a quilt. And the fun of arranging them.

  • Wednesday 9 January, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Oh!! The hexipuffs!!!! I debated doing that one—but settled on the mitered square. I found you had to think too much for those little puffs….I like the mindlessness of the squares. Long term/short term projects…we’re on the same 2013 wave-length, although I’ve been devoting way too much time to my teeny squares at the moment. I know this will change!

    • Thursday 10 January, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Yes, the hexi-puffs are not a mindless pursuit. Lose concentration and it turns into a pentagon or a splodge. Your blanket is fabulous, but we all need a change every now and again.

  • Thursday 10 January, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Good for you mom. No offense taken. It’s good to realize when we need to let our knits just be what they are and not take offense if they don’t belong everywhere. I blipped over to remind myself just how wonderful they are… they are wonderful! The new watchmans will do the job and keep the kids low-key. 🙂

    The hexi puffs. Really? I’m so afraid that I’m going to get sucked in and I know myself well enough to know I would NEVER finish. But oh they are so attractive!..

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Thursday 10 January, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      It took me a year before I gave in to the hexi puffs. It’s not too bad on the other side. 🙂 They multiple in a very pleasing manner.

      I hope the children find these new hats easier to wear. I need those little heads kept warm! Brr!

  • Saturday 12 January, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    😛 I love my hat!!!!!


    • Sunday 13 January, 2013 at 1:26 am

      I’m glad you like it, munchkin. 😀

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