Horazio’s Kitchen: Broccoli Apple Cheddar Bake

Broccoli Apple Cheddar Bake

It’s snowing today, and it’s the weekend. A perfect recipe for cabin fever, and cabin fever, for me, tends to lead to kitchen experiments. You know how it goes…you have this and that in the fridge, needing to be used up, and the weather outside is frightful so there’s no going to the store for whatever you’re missing to make your usual recipes. But if we throw THIS and THIS together, maybe…
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Lord of the Hats: Loose Linen Hood

Well, this hat proved much simpler than the Dunland Shieldman’s Hat to knit thus far! My plan to knit the ear flaps via short rows worked out pretty well, and the pointy top came out about right too, don’t you think?

Loose Linen Hat

Loose Linen Hood
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Lord of the Hats updates, such as they are

So! It seems that nearly a whole semester has gone by since my last post, eh? Yep, that’s pretty much what happened. School has been busier than ever this year and when not planning lessons or grading (though there is a lot of the not-grading time, honestly, and a lot of the not-graded that I need to finish grading sometime soon!), I’ve found myself turning to simpler hobbies than hat-designing. Like, just playing LOTRO itself. Or reading a book. (It’s all Aaron Allston’s fault. His new Star Wars X-wing book sucked me back into reading all the Star Wars Expanded Universe books I’d been ignoring since the end of the New Jedi Order series…my Kindle has been busy with them this semester.)

So, back to the hats project. At the end of the summer I was trying to find the right stitch pattern for the Dunland Shieldman Hat, as you may recall (or not). I hadn’t found anything that worked well with the yarn I wanted to use, nor found any other yarn I liked better with the stitches that seemed likeliest, so that project was stalled somewhat. And then school started and I tucked all the hat plans away for the duration.

But there is some progress lately. A few weeks ago I found an article in Interweave Knits on designing closed-circuit cable patterns, which looks like a good technique for the cable design for the coronet of the Dunland hat. And today I noticed that the stitch pattern of this cowl in the new Knitty – just a twisted rib, apparently – would perhaps give the chain mail effect of the hat I want to make. So I may be giving that a shot again over Christmas break, which, hallelujah, starts in less than a week. (Because I spent fall break and Thanksgiving break experimenting with baking projects, not knitting projects!)

But before I find a way to make the Dunland hat work, I may skip ahead to another one – a recent addition to my list since Lennidhren has been wearing it with her Yule costume. It’s the Loose Linen hat, I think – to be edited later if I log in to the game and find I got that wrong! – knitted by my tailor alt Horazia, and isn’t it a cute thing?

Loose Linen Hat

The best part – and the reason I may detour to make this hat next – is that as I looked at it on Lenn in the game, I could tell just how I would knit it. Start with the ear flaps, shaped either with increases or with short rows; then add stitches and join in the round for the base of the hat, and knit upward narrowing to a point. Then pick up stitches around the face and knit the cream colored ribbing. And finally – knit swatches to sew on as patches! And embroider the front design. Now I just need to find the right yarn! And, um, to dye the hat a ridiculous number of colors in game to decide which color to make it in reality.

Oh yeah, and I still need to finish up the pattern for the Spring-Flinger Cap. It was nearly done before school started…but now I must relocate all the notes I wrote down while knitting it so I can finish typing them up in knittable fashion! Well, someday, it’ll be up here.

Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Clover


Hat with Clover

So it’s actually been done for a while now, and I apologize for the silence of the blog in that time. I’ve been away on adventures (translation: We went to visit my grandma for the 4th of July and after that I’ve been here and there getting ready for taking my students to our summer convention) and the knitting (and photo-uploading) have been on hold. I have been working on typing up the Spring-Flinger pattern though, and hope to have that ready to post soon (like, before the summer convention steals me away from the Internet again)! Continue reading

Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Cap with Horns On!

Horned Hat

Horned Hat

Finally, finally done with the horns! The polls were very clear that I must not omit them, but I was about to make an executive decision to ignore the polls if I had to knit those things one more time…Not entirely due to the very legitimate necessity of reknitting them when a plan didn’t work out the first time and I had to adjust where to put the decreases, or when to change color, or how many plain rows should go between decrease rows…yes, I had to reknit at least once for each of those miscalculations. The really sad part was when I had to redo my final reknit of horn #2 (which should have been a simple matter of copying the pattern as I’d worked it out for the other horn) because I forgot to change needle sizes when my own pattern said to and knit the majority of the horn on needles two sizes too small.

Ah, that feels better. Knitting confession is good for the soul.

So now that I am done being an idiot in attempting to follow my own pattern (ha, not likely), here is how the horns turned out!

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Lord of the Hats: Yarn to Test Knit the Dunland Shieldman Hat

The current poll is awfully close now between Gold and White in the lead! Both would make a lovely looking crown on the Dunland Shieldman hat, wouldn’t they? It’s a good thing, then, that both colors are available in this yarn  I found at JoAnn’s yesterday: Vanna’s Glamour:

Vanna's Glamour

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Lord of the Hats: Dunland Shieldman Spectrum

Since I’m nearly finished with my first LOTRO hat project (just the horns and clover patch to go!), let’s take a look ahead to the next hat on the list: The Hat of the Dunland Shieldman.

Dunland Shieldman

The hat in the collage above was dyed Navy. This time, I’m going to put up the “Which color?” poll BEFORE I order yarn to make the hat, so here is how it looks in every other color! Continue reading

Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Cap: The Border

I thought knitting the white border of this hat would be pretty simple, but it ended up being the only knitting I got done on the hat yesterday (having been unable to work on it for the previous few days, what with Weatherstock and Ales and Tales keeping me busy…). Not because it takes so long to knit a little white edging around the borders of the hat, but because I couldn’t get it to turn out how I wanted and kept having to reknit! I first thought I’d try an i-cord edging, in attempt to give it that fluffy, rounded look that the original has. Well, that just wasn’t working out so I ripped it out pretty soon and tried my next idea: a folded hem. I thought also about doing a plain ribbing but the border in the screenshots just doesn’t really look like ribbing to me. And I’m very fond of knitted hems as a neat, tailored finishing detail.

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Lord of the Hats: Spring Flinger Cap – Stage 1 Complete

The current state of the Spring-Flinger Cap:

The hat takes a bath

And then it has an airing

Stage 1 – that is, the maze-patterned base of the hat – is complete! Continue reading

Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Cap, lower back

I finished knitting the back flap today. On size 7 needles, this bit of colorwork came out to about 12″ wide and 3.5″ tall – just about right on the width but a little shorter than intended. I could maybe add some rows to the colorwork chart, but I will be adding height with the orange stripe that comes next as well as the furry looking trim added at the end, so I think I’ll leave it at this.

SFC - lower back

SFC - lower back

I made a few minor changes to the chart as I was knitting, where I noticed places that didn’t quite fit with the standardized width of the stripes elsewhere. I like how it turned out! I do wonder, for the top sections of this maze pattern, how closely they’ll follow this design or how much I’ll need to adjust it. Those sections will need to be taller, I’m sure. They’re hard to see in the screenshots, too, what with the horns covering part of the design and the angle of one’s head making the pattern all distorted over the curves. Well, if I can’t get a thorough look at the design in game, I can just adapt what I have here to fit the space I need it to cover!

Gauge of this piece, not yet blocked: 4″ = 21 st; 2″ = 12 rows.