Thursday, December 2, 2010

Countdown to Knitmas: Day 2

Hats are a great gift for both the men and women on your list, but most especially the men.
While I was recently flipping through Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitting Rules, I learned a new technique for hat making. If you can snag a tracing of the recipient's hand, then you will hold the key to how far to knit before working the decrease rounds. You now know that you should knit until the hat is the same length as his hand from the base of the palm to the end of the fingertips. This trick is advised to work for adult hats (in hat terms refers to anyone who needs a 20 inch hat which means both my two and ten year olds). In pinch, you can use your own hand.
Armed with this exciting new knowledge, I have been field testing it. So far it has seemed to hold true with one little tweak: we coastal dwellers seem to only need to work to our pointer finger. Cooler climates require more ear coverage so you would want to work from bottom of the palm to the middle finger.

This week is also countdown to our Holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Such a fun afternoon, potluck and prizes await you from 12 to 5 pm. If you bring two canned goods or a $2 donations to support Food Share, we will enter you in a drawing for some great stuff. Come with your holiday knitting and enjoy a great year end wrap up.

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