The Kindness of Other Bloggers

I’m very gratified & flattered to have been nominated for blog awards twice at the end of January. The first one was by Pella from Pattern Pandemonium. The second was by Em from Tumbleweeds In The Wind. Actually, I received my first blog award nomination in the fall from a non-sewing blog, but was so busy with Frosting Fortnight I forgot to post about it!very-inspiring-blogger-award-2

Now on with the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers that inspire you.
5. Include the rules.
6. Inform your nominees.

Seven things about myself:

  1. I am a truly self-taught sewist, at least I was in the beginning. My mom wanted to keep me occupied & I wanted to make clothing for my stuffed animals. She plunked her old, all metal Bernina down in front of me- the kind of machine that can squash an elementary school kid!- showed me how to turn it on, tried to remember what some of the knobs did & let me have at it. I set about making clothing without patterns by looking at RTW. Shirts were pretty easy, but pants were tricky. Crotches confounded me! Until I figured out I could sew a tube, then sew up & down a bajillion times down the center, snip up to where I wanted the crotch to be & voila, pants! They were very ugly, but they served my purposed well & I like to think that I’ve carried that can-do, improvisational spirit on with me today. I’m sorry if my early sewing skills make you cringe. 
  2. Until about just over a year ago I had never used a commercial pattern (except for one really bad experience during high school). Everything I made before that was something I had drafted/draped on myself (without a dress form) or tried to copy from a RTW garment & it generally took a really long time. Using patterns helped my sewing skills grow tremendously as I was better able to understand how patterns went together & picked up some good sewing tips. Around the same time was when I discovered the online sewing community- it never occurred to me in all the years I had been sewing that there would be people talking about these kinds of things online. I owe a lot of my knowledge to the many great sewing blogs out there.
  3. I went the the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & studied studio art with an emphasis (minor) in art history. I had an interdisciplinary researched based practice, which is art speak for researching topics you find interesting & making art based upon what you find out while using a bunch of different media like writing, performance, sculpture & chocolate! But, after graduating I ended up working seven days a week so fell out of the habit of making art. I really miss it! But I just got a new camera so I’m hoping to slowly get back into things.
  4. I’ve made poisonous chocolate. No one ate it, so no one ever got sick. It was a piece I did on hysteria, the 3,000 year old “disease” of the uterus. And my chocolate truffles were cures for the disease, incorporating things that had been used in the treatment of the illness over those 3,000 years- things like ambergris (synthetic) & hemlock. Hemlock stops convulsion you know… They really smelled. And the essential oils I used liked to eat through plastic. By the by, vibrators were invented as a cure for hysteria- the hysterical paroxysms they induced were thought to help treat the disease. 
  5. I used to want to start a chocolate company, but then I got sick & had to stop making chocolate because I couldn’t eat sugar, well, no more than 60g of carbs a day. That’ll put a dent in your chocolate addiction. And I’d make chocolates to go along with fairy tales, with different ingredients representing different parts of the story- non-figurative/literal translations that is. It was very fun.
  6. I LOVE architecture & design. Total design snob & I would deck out my apartment in fantastical contemporary furnishings if I could. One of my favorite designers is Tord Boontje because, as I wrote in my art history thesis, he reconciles the difference between early modernism (late 1800’s, minimal by the standards of the day but very frilly by today’s standards) with the extremely minimal & machine made modernism in the contemporary art world. My absolute favorite architect is Frank Lloyd Wright (there’s more than one reason I live in Chicago) & I used to work at one of his most important buildings, Unity Temple. If you’re ever in town, see the Temple- it’s much more important historically speaking than the Home & Studio. I hate William Morris & am completely underwhelmed by the one-hit-wonder known as Mies Van der Rohe. Enough said.

    The first concrete building that wasn’t a factory. Truly revolutionary for the early 1900’s.
  7. I used to belly dance & even performed four or five times. One of my best friends & I had super long hair- down to our butts long. We would have “hair fights” while we danced. I can’t tell you how fun it is to whip your hair around & pretend it’s a weapon. Just trust me on this one. It looked really spectacular. But, like most everything else, I didn’t have the time or ability to continue once I graduated from college. One day though, I will get back to it. But I probably won’t grow my hair that long again. Also, it’s really convenient living in a city with a large Indian population when it comes to getting costume fabrics.

    This was a really fun costume to make- swarovsky crystals, hand beading & all!

Bloggers that inspire me:

I really had to narrow this list down. At first it had over a dozen blogs on it. Then I eliminated ones that had already gotten blog awards in the past few months & focused on blogs that I had recently discovered.

But really I feel like I should be thanking everyone. As I already mentioned, the online sewing community has taught me a lot & given me so much support. Thank you my fellow bloggers! And thank you Pella & Em!


Stitches, a sewing podcast- Steam episode 1.2

Now for the latest installment of Stitches, episode 1.2, the final episode in our little series on steam. If you missed the first episode, catch it hereStitches- Steam episode 1.2

I promise I’ll be on itunes soon. For now, give your browser a moment to load the podcast widget & if it’s still having trouble reload the page. You can also check out the Stitches podcast on podomatic.

Here are the show notes:

  • A common way to steam shrink wool is by hand with an iron, a steam brush, or a steamer. But, this takes a long time & can produce uneven results.
  • I searched the Internet for a quicker way to steam shrink wool & found a great tip from Pam of Off The Cuff, a tailoring blog with a store attached that sells high quality interfacing. She said to toss the fabric in the dryer with a slightly damp towel or two & let it spin! The steam that’s released from the towels as the dryer heats up will be just enough to shrink the wool. It might seem sacrilegious to put wool in the dryer, but since you’re putting the fabric in dry & not using soap it won’t shrink down to a tiny piece of felt.
  • Next was a review for the Smartek st-80n 3-in-1 steam brush. It’s small, has three different attachments & is available in Joann & Hancock Fabric stores in the US. Unfortunately, it spurted out white puffs of powder onto what I was trying to steam. They eventually went away, but came back when I tried to steam again.
  • Another way to steam garments is to put them in your shower. Hang up the wrinkly (or stinky) garment in the bathroom as you bathe & the wrinkles will smooth out. If the garment is especially wrinkly or stinky it may take a few showers to clear things up, but some only need as few as one or two sessions.
  • Clothing steam presses have two large irons that clap down on your fabric & emit a bunch of steam. This makes pressing quick work. Some are even electronically programmed & automatically turn off so you don’t burn your fabric.
  • The Reliable company builds vacuums right into their ironing boards & calls the product the ‘vacuum + blowing table‘. They claim that getting the steam out of the fabric is just as important as getting it in & that in ye olden days people would beat their fabric with sticks to get the steam out. Not only do these ironing boards suck the steam out, they also blow air through the garment, inflating parts of it so you can iron right on top of a pocket of air.
  • Pam also provided us with a little sewing trivia: “Did you know that in the “garment industry”, they apply interfacing with a dry-press rolling machine, that applies the interfacing to the fabric with much more consistent pressure and generally higher temperatures than can be achieved at home?  That is why most interfacing on the market today for those who sew at home is instructed to be applied with steam….steam is hotter that than the temperature of the sole-plate of an average iron, and as it shoots out of the holes in the iron it actually increases the pressure needed to create and hold the bond between the fusible interfacing and the fabric!”
  • Rachel from the blog House of Pinheiro said:  “Pressing is the most important process step to create a garment that looks well made, so my tip for pressing is you should avoid resting the weight of the iron on the fabric and let steam do the job, however sometimes that’s not enough to avoid impression marks, so what I do is get a strip of paper (better if doesn’t have anything printed on it) and position that between the seam and the garment. In most cases it will avoid leaving a mark on the right side.” This prevents exactly the problem I talked about in the first episode of Steam.

What would you like the next episode of the Stitches podcast to be on? Cutting things? Semi-synthetic fibers like rayon? Different kinds of pins? What other ideas do you have? Leave me a comment below. Hope you enjoyed this episode & see you next time!

Celebrating 200 Years of Pride & Prejudice

Ahhh, 200 years since Lizzy & Darcy got married 🙂

It’s time for a BBC/Jane Austen marathon! Of course the most appropriate way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice is to read the book. But that does present a problem if you’re trying to read & sew or knit at the same time. Perhaps an audio book. Then again, an audio book doesn’t feature Colin Firth.

Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy. Yeah, you want him.

To celebrate this bicentennial I finally finished the Chawton Mittens from the 2011 Jane Austen Knits magazine. I’ve actually been wearing them since December, but didn’t get around to fixing the mistakes I made in the silhouettes until now.
Chawton Mittens
The basic pattern is easy enough once you’ve memorized it. But my problem was putting the mittens down & not picking them up to finish the second one until a month or two later. I just couldn’t get my tension right when I started them again, so ended up ripping out & re-knitting a stretch of the second mitten about four to five times. Yikes. Glad these are finished now! Whew.Palms of the Chawton Mittens

This was my first time doing a lot of color work & I really grew to like it. It’s also my first successful project that involved cables- they might be hard to see since they don’t look like traditional knotted or Aran cables, but they make up the white border around the silhouettes.

Chawton Mitten Silhouettes
The color of the mittens is a cross between the brighter blue in the above photos & the lighter blue in the ones below.

These mittens were another exciting first too- conductive thread! The thread was kind of hairy & very coarse. I worked it in as a combo of knit stitches & like roositud color work. It works OK, but I may go in & add more. It’s just not as responsive as I would like.

The silver/gray thread on the tip of the finger is conductive thread.
The silver/gray thread on the tip of the finger is conductive thread.

I learned a lot from making these mittens & now am excited to make more cabled & fair isle projects. My only regret is that I used two different yarns for this project & the white yarn pills a lot. A lot a lot. But they have held up to public transit well enough. Detail of Chawton Mittens Colorwork

To Jane Austen! She has influenced generations of readers in ways she never could have imagined. Who would have thought her works would inspire knitting magazines?

White Chocolate Capelet

I really liked the pattern I came up with for my handspun cowl; I just didn’t think it went so well with that yarn. But a nice white canvas, that would show it off well.

This capelet was knit to be less wide but much more long than my cowl. Also, I only did the teensy bit of eyelet lace on one edge instead of both.  The added length & change of color make me feel all fancy.

Click on each image for a larger view.


My Second Pair of Jeans

Jeans, graffiti

I seem to be in the habit of making jeans not in denim. This lovely material is a mix of 50% Cotton, 26% rayon, 20% wool & 4% lycra. I like to think the wool helps keep me extra toasty, but don’t think it actually does. But no matter, the foggy December day on which these pictures were taken was unseasonably warm in the 60’s.

For these jeans I used the same pattern as my first pair. Black hides a multitude of sins. And there’s too much Lycra in this fabric. Issues may have been present in my first pair that I just didn’t see. Again, they look good when you first put them on, but after a day of moving about they develop saggy-bottom-itis. As well as saggy-crotch-itis. You can see that in these pictures. My next pair of jeans will not contain any spandex. Although, now I’m looking at all the photos, the sagging wasn’t as monstrously horrible as I had remembered.

And the saggy/bagginess has gotten better since I did what you’re not supposed to do & put wool in the dryer. Actually, putting both of my jeans in the dryer helped solve a lot of problems. It took both pairs from ‘EeEeEeeEeeee!’ to ‘oh, that’s not so bad’.

I was going to further improve the sagging pants by lining them in jersey, but after drying them they felt a touch too tight for that. You know when you know something, but it takes a few times of having it repeated before it dawns on you that you already know the solution? Yeah. Years ago I bought those ridiculous Victoria’s Secret butt-bra pants because I thought they were ridiculous & was interested in seeing how they were constructed. The theory is you stick some extra fabric in the behind of a pair of jeans & VS angels will magically lift your buttocks to a higher & more shapely position. What can I say? I had disposable income in high school. At least while those pants didn’t do anything for my butt, they didn’t get saggy.

Then, months ago I saw this informative video by Sandra Betzina for Craftsy. But it wasn’t until after I saw Laura’s post about preventing saggy velvet problems that it dawned on me to do the same thing. Clearly my whole life has been leading up to lining pants.

So next time, when I’m not making skinny jeans, I’ll line my pants in a similar way. Perhaps I’ll use jersey. It needs to be thin, somewhat stable & should probably have a touch of 4-way stretch. Maybe a lightweight but not quite tissue thin cotton? But I think what will matter most is not using fabric with Lycra. That stuff is just not made well nowadays & I am convinced it is the culprit behind our nation’s saggy bottom problem. 😉

Great googly moogly! What in Sam Hill is going on with my crotch?!

Can we talk about my crotch? I’m horrified by those odd folds- not the horizontal ones, but the ones under my crotch. Luckily a friend came to town who used to work in a costuming department. She said this folding mishap was caused by the direction in which the seams were folded. When making pants you have four different pieces of fabric that come together at the crotch. I serged the inseams first. Next, when I serged the crotch seam I started serging from the back of the pants, over the inseams- which had been at right angles to the crotch seam- then finished serging to the front of the pants. Serging over the inseams pushed them in the direction I was serging, towards the front. This forward folding of both inseams caused the wonky crotch. My friend said to solve this I could angle the inseams so one was pointed towards the front & one towards the back. Or, I could point them both towards the back.

There were a few things I did differently with these jeans. The original pair I patterned off had flared legs, the seams of which didn’t run perfectly perpendicular to the floor. The odd thing is the problem is mainly on one leg & only slightly on the other. I’m not entirely certain, but I’m attributing this to scoliosis making one of my hips higher. Maybe that’s also why that weird crotch fold is lopsided. My not so precise copying skills seemed to make this twisting more pronounced on both legs, so that the inner leg seams twisted around to the front of the pants.

When doing up these pants I didn’t change the legs because I wanted to see if it was my cutting or sewing that had slightly twisted my first pair of jeans. But the skewed seams were even worse on these, perhaps because the light color showed it off so well. Then, I tried exaggerating that twist to make it look like a design feature. Not so cute. As you can see, I ended up making them into skinny jeans. I really like this look with this fabric because when paired with a black blouse & Mary Janes it looks vaguely retro. And I dented the hems so the pants are slightly longer in the back than the front.

Because hammering in the button was so difficult last time, this time I used a dungaree button. It’s like a brass tack that you can easily push through the fabric without cutting out a hole, then you snap on the back. No tools needed. Alas! As easily as it pops into place, so does it pop off in the wash. Dungaree buttons also don’t have as long of a shaft as jean buttons. They barely have enough length to get through the thicker button holes that jeans have.

That upward wrinkling on the side seam is caused by the pocket bags being sewn into the side seams & me trying to pull one of the bags inside out.

In my stash I had one jean zipper that was the correct length & it was red- which was the only color the short ones at the store came in. For my first pair Kenneth King instructed me to shorten a longer jean zipper. This was very painful to do & was just not going to happen so soon after having done it the first time (bad blogger that I am, I finished these jeans back in November). I reasoned that the zipper would be covered anyway so no one would see how vulgarly red it was. Wrong! Of course you can see it. Big sigh.

To match the pocket bags with the zipper I used red cotton left over from my Drunken Polka Dotted Princess Dress. These pockets are gloriously deep. Now, whenever I wear my RTW jeans I get very angry at how shallow the pockets are. But, you can’t see the glorious depth when I try to pull the pockets out because they’re sewn into the side seams of the legs. However, you can see the French seam I made at the bottom of the bags. My main fabric is so lightly colored & thin enough that the seam is glaringly visible as a horizontal line running across my thighs. Not ideal.

While these jeans aren’t perfect, they did help me learn more about the jean making process in general. And they took me about half the time to finish as the first pair. So I’m counting these as a win, especially since my saggy butt problems have improved with subsequent shrinkage from drying them.

My First Bralette

I made this way back in October, when I began my bra making odyssey.

The recent acquisition of a dress form helped make it much easier to take photos & get all the detail shots I wanted.

As I was mentally composing a blog post concerning my new dress form, the name Esmerelda popped into my head. So, my lovely teal lady, I dub thee Esmerelda. She has quite a different bust from mine, so this Bralette does look a tad different on me.

The construction is very simple. I cut out two pattern pieces in bra foam for each cup & sewed them up the middle. Then, I wrapped some lace elastic around my rib cage & sewed the ends together. After pin fitting the cups to the band I sewed those. together. Finally, I cut my remaining piece of elastic in two & pin fit that to the band & cups. In order to get the sides of the cups to stay secure, I attached the straps along the sides of the cups & anchored them into the front of the band. Because there are no closures, this pulls on & off over my head.

The tops of the cups are still a little stretched out even after I cut off the parts that had stretched the most.

The main difficulty was in sewing the foam cups together. Pretty much any sewing would cause the foam to s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I had wanted to finish the tops of the cups with a zig zag stitch, but that ruffled them out much too much. Ship, snip, snip. So, they're much lower than I had originally planned. I was also afraid my serger would stretch them out too much if I attempted a narrow rolled hem. Now I have cups that clearly look unfinished, but I'm ok with it because I think of this bralette as a muslin. Anyway, it's not like masses of people will be seeing this thing in person.

As for wearability, this gives absolutely no support. To be honest, while I love how bras look, when I get home I rip mine off. Most make my back hurt. I really was hoping to make something that would give just a touch of support without straining my back for traipsing around the house. Bit of a failure, but a good first start I think. Besides, it's pretty…


A Handspun Cowl

Just a few days after spinning this yarn I knit it into a cowl.


I improvised a seed stitch pattern & a touch of lace at the edges.

The dress form I received for Christmas!
The dress form I received for Christmas!

It’s long enough to double up around my neck.

Detail of Handspun Cowl

The cowl is so so warm & cozy. During Chicago winters scarves are extremely important. They’re like the caulk that protects your body from any wind finding its way in through the top of your jacket. So I’ve been wearing this almost every day.

The color really changes depending on the light- more so than any other fabric or yarn I can think of. Sometimes it looks like a rich brown & others it looks completely gray. I’ve grown to really like each of the different colors it becomes.

Stitches, a Sewing Podcast – Steam episode 1.1

I’m as excited as if I had received free vintage fabric! But I haven’t.

The thing that’s got me dancing around the house is a podcast. I’m starting one!
Stitches, a sewing podcast - Steam episode 1.1
Stitches in a podcast for people who love to sew, with a tiny bit of knitting thrown in. It’s for people who have an interest in fashion & an addiction to fibers- as in fabric, yarn, wool, cotton, linen.  And yes, I too am surprised that a few searches turned up no other programs named ‘Stitches’.

Stitches isn’t like your usual crafting podcast. I won’t be talking about the projects on my sewing table or knitting needles. Instead, we’ll have conversations about sewing related themes.  And episodes won’t be a half an hour long or more. We don’t always have time to listen to such long podcasts- especially not when there are new episodes of Downton Abbey to watch! Instead, monthly topics will be broken into a few 5-10 minute long episodes.

Our first theme is steam & I really hope you enjoy it. Down below you’ll find some podcast notes for an easy reference to the tips I talked about- or for if you’re at work & can’t listen.

*update- I just realized that some people might have problems loading the podcast widget thingie. If so, just refresh your page or click here to listen to my podcast on PodOmatic.

  • Steam is made up of excited water molecules that relax your fabric & make it more pliable.
  • It can help smooth out you fabric or warp it out of shape.
  • Torquing happens when fabric is warped out of shape during manufacturing, but you can also do it at home.
  • Pants pockets can warp out of shape with use. To help reinforce them make stay tape by cutting a strip of muslin the width of your seam allowance & steam it a lot as you pull it out from under your iron at an angle. This will torque the fabric into a curve that should match the curve of your pants pockets.
  • Steam especially relaxes & shrinks wool.
  • To unkink yarn after it’s been knit or crocheted with, steam it. Don’t iron it. It will relax before your eyes like magic. Watch this video from the awesome TECHknitting blog to see how quickly it happens.  
  • To keep wool fabric from stretching as it hung off my ironing board I tried ironing on top of a wooden table with a mattress pad covering the table to protect it from the iron. I didn’t realize the bottom of the mattress pad was made with interfacing & not fabric. After I was done bits of interfacing were stuck in the wood grain of the table, but only in blotches where I had steamed. Water wouldn’t get it off so I scratched it off with my finger nails. I scratched little butterflies into the interfacing marks.
  • Next time I will make my ironing board the same height as my table so that as I’m ironing I can move the finished parts to the table so they don’t stretch out of shape.
The little butterfly I scratched out of the interfacing that got steamed into my sewing desk.
The little butterfly I scratched out of the interfacing that got steamed into my sewing desk.

Episode two of Stitches will talk more about interfacing, steam shrinking wool, steam related sewing gadgets & listener tips.

A HUGE humongous thanks to my boyfriend Quincy. He spent tons of time sampling the introduction music (while I lounged in bed knitting) & editing the final podcast. And re-editing as I kept re-recording. Thanks Q!

And thanks to everyone who took the time to listen. I’d love to hear any feedback, good or bad. Do you like the topic & format? What themes would you like to hear about next month?

The blobs of interfacing that were steamed into my desk.
The blobs of interfacing that were steamed into my desk.

A Wooly Wintery Circle Skirt

Last winter I dressed like a slob. Jeans, t-shirts, baggy baggy sweaters. It wasn't pretty people.

Not wanting to repeat the boring horror of fashion victims past I decided to make some winter skirts. This was the first one I completed & I have one more awaiting finishing touches.

Ah circle skirts! I remember why I stopped making you for so long. All that hemming! I used to belly dance (I really miss it) & would make my own costumes. Circle skirts are practically required if you're going to belly dance, so I've made my fair share. Long ago I learned that the easiest & fastest way for me to do this (I'd love to hear if you use a different method) is to stitch along the folding line- what will be the bottom of the hem- then to iron the hem in, sew, iron again. Or, if you're super lazy like I often am, skip the first round of ironing- results may vary. For whatever magical reason this bit of stitching allows the fabric to fold up on that large curve with minimal puckering & buckling. But again, I didn't iron before sewing the hem into place so I still got a fair amount of buckling. Hemming a circle skirt no matter what method you use is going to be a slow process, which is why I like to speed it up as much as possible. Pinning your circle skirt hem is Three Toed Sloth speed (.003 mph). Sewing a fold line & ironing your hem sans pins is Greenland Shark speed (1 mph). Big difference.

The fabric is a lovely wool from Fabric Mart, the softness of which reminds me of flannel, but without the cheap, synthetic feel. I decided to cut the skirt as one big circle so I wouldn't have to bother with matching up the pattern. However, for a waist high skirt this meant I had to cut into the body of the skirt just a little so I could actually fit the thing over my hips. My ridiculously late night zipper sewing job meant things didn't line up perfectly. Ah well, you readers will be the only ones to know. And I'll just have to learn to not grimace every time I see the slightly mismatched plaid.

After cutting the waistband I realized I wanted it to match up with the plaid. This is as close as I was able to get it.

Circle skirts, especially in the length & fabric I chose, are rather retro. In my mind I imagined having the skirt meet my waist with the waistband being above my waist. Then I remembered I'm short waisted. I figured it was better to have the top of the waistband meet my waist than to look more authentically vintage, but have a laughably short torso.

Detail of gray gingham skirt.
I got a new camera! So you'll start to see more lovely close ups like this.

The only problem (aside from that mismatching zipper seam) I had with this skirt was the waistband. I stabilized it with a light, fusible interfacing which made the fabric bubble. Sad face. It seems to have gotten a little less bubbly with successive wearings though.

Finally, the lining. Ever since I was a little girl & watched Gone With The Wind I've wanted a red, silk, taffeta petticoat like Mammy. It was nicely scandalous for a respectable woman & she carried it well. I, on the other hand, may not be as demure. And this lining may not be silk, but it makes me happy. How can I not be when it makes the loveliest rustling sound as I walk?


The Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap

I'm flying high over Chicago on my way to Peru. To get there, I'll need my Amelia Earhart aviator cap. That's pronounced EAR-hart, not Ehr-hart. I suspect the cutesy-ness of the pronunciation shall endear me to my fellow pilots in the sky while I'm inspecting the Nazca Lines.

Knit hat
Flying over the city without an aircraft. (Soon I'll blog about the skirt I'm wearing)

First, they'll be shocked to see a woman flying solo, as in all by herself without a plane. But then, they'll become enamored with my hat & let me dock aboard their planes midflight to refuel. You see, the hat imbues the wearer with superpowers, the ability to fly like Superman & to charm everyone's socks off.

Knit hat

This hat has a very interesting construction. It's knit flat, almost entirely with big short rows. It was fun knitting & trying to figure out what exactly I was making. I kept thinking I was knitting a different part of the hat than I actually was.

Knit hat

The pattern, which is provided free by Flor was very explicit, to the point of redundancy, but I rather liked that as I hadn't worked short rows in some months. It was a nice refresher. And to top it all off, this baby is reversible!

Knit hat

The hat comes together with one seam up the back, which I of course accidentally sewed up the wrong way the first time.

Knit hat
Oh for shame! My gauge grew as I knit this hat. You can see the bigger stitches on the left side.

I'm really pleased with my hat, even though my gauge grew by the end of it (I seem to be having that problem with all my projects lately). But I don't think it's very noticeable.

Now if only I had aviator goggles to go with my hat. Perhaps I'll find some in a thrift shop & start a Super Aviator Club. I do know one pilot who would look cute in this cap.