Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hunkerin' Down

How to prepare for a 'Frankenstorm'? Why,  head off to a yarn store of course!! Definitely the best way to um... 'prepare' for a big storm! We could be without power for days! Weeks even. Must. Have. Supplies!
Kiddo prepared every water bottle, pan, and container with a lid that we owned with clean water. We had enough food, water and ice to make it through at least a week!  Our counter tops looked like we were preparing for a hurricane or something! We even bought snacks! Junk food!! Chips & dip; that sort of stuff! Hey! Don't judge. Big left the day of preparation for parts unknown yet again... Boy & I needed to have something to do right?! We had library books, games, schoolwork and all sorts of stuff to do, but junk food seemed right!! As did the trip to the yarn store!!
Two friends and I bundled up and headed out into the impending storm....... whatever. It was just starting to rain and the wind hadn't even started to blow. That just sounded so much cooler than what we actually did.... we ditched the kids and took off to spend some time in our favorite LYS!  (local yarn store!) We then went to the busy, crazy grocery store too.... so we weren't entirely selfish. Geez.
Don't worry Big... cuz' I know you're reading this... I only bought 2 maybe 3 things.... AND it was stuff I needed!! Totally!! Just ask the girls who went with me!!
I got some black Cascade 220 Superwash which is my favorite and I needed it. Needed it. Really. I couldn't make Boyo a green & black striped hat without it! Cool thing about it is, other than it's yummy self... is that I can make 2 hats out of this stuff! Big scores another hat!!
AND I get to keep my fingers busy on a not so challenging, but very distracting project~ which is exactly the type of stuff to work on when you are stuck at home, in a Frankenstorm, with a bored kid.
This is what I did to hunker down during the storm
(and to maintain some sort of sanity....)

 Cascade 220 Superwash in black & bright green! The colors kiddo picked! This is boy's version and I'm finishing up Big's version. Same colors, just a bit bigger!!

I used size 9, 16 inch circular (pattern called for 10.5's)
Cast on 80 stitches. Join in round. Mark the beginning of round.
Knit 2, Purl 2 all the way around. x2 rounds.
Change color and knit 2, purl 2 ~ continue in pattern for two more rows. **** Do one round as normal... on 2nd round of contrast color.....slip first stitch as if to purl !! It will elongate the stitch on that first row which joins them up every so nicely! 
Next row...  change back to main color and do two more rounds *first round as normal, 2nd round slip that first stitch as if to purl!
Continue in 2x2 rib pattern until hat measures 6 inches from cast on edge.
Next round.... continue in pattern! Place marker every 16th stitch.
Next round... pattern up to 2 stitches before marker... knit those two together (doesn't matter if they are purl stitches). Repeat all the way around... knitting 2 together before each marker. (5sts decreased)
Do one row even (continue in pattern)
Alternate those last two rounds x3 (60 sts)
Next knit 2 together before markers every row x4 rows (40sts)
Now knit 2 together EVERY stitch x2 rows  (10sts)
Break yarn and sew it through all stitches left!
Weave in ends and plunk on your kid's head!!

IF we had gotten the worst of what the storm center had predicted; I would probably still be knitting more hats!~ Lucky for us the weather wasn't as bad as what was called for!