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Pale, Pale, PALE!

Dear Kay,
I guess at some point I have to come out from behind the turkey carcass. It was so warm back there, so tryptophantastic.
I am here to announce that, once again, I have hit the wall on my Alice Starmore Donegal Fair Isle sweater. I’m not worried about this. I don’t doubt that I will be dragging the thing out of its hole again. But at the three-quarter mark on sleeve one, I found that the ever-decreasing tube of inside-out two-handed knitting had become something akin to braiding cat’s hair, to aligning grains of rice end to end, to cutting the grass, blade by blade. BLEEHAGHGGGHGH! Fiddly fiddly FIDDLY! YIKES! Godalmighty! RELEASE ME! SET ME FREE!
In an act of supreme mercy, my ten-year-old skaterboy announced that he wants a hat with earflaps and dangly pompoms. So if anyone has cranked one of these–and it has to be dark gray and red, I’m told–please feel free to suggest a good pattern. I’m going to use some worsted weight wool, I think. Or bigger. Just some big-ass yarn so I can finish the thing in a day.
Triumph of the Pallor
I think I mentioned last week that one highlight of the family visit (other than the way the house feels so occupied, so chockablock) was the prospect of going to see the new Twilight movie, New Moon. Well, it ended up being four of us, and we snuck in past the “No Adults Allowed Over the Age of 18″ sign. It was a late-night screening that included a SHOCKING proportion of MEN. One distinguished-looking couple had to be at least seventy-five years old. It was a Twilight FREAK SHOW, I’m telling you.
I was so sleepy that I still can’t really remember what happened at the end except that I started confusing Michael Sheen’s role as the head Volturi vampire with his Tony Blair performance in The Queen. I kept wishing the werewolf guys would put their damn shirts on again–you can catch a chill, fellas, even if your normal temperature is 108. Too much with the deltoids! And I really, really wondered whether everybody’s favorite tortured 109-year-old vampire Robert Pattinson I mean Edward Cullen was ever going to show up in the movie again, if he was going to be pale enough.
So pale! None more pale! Fabulously pale! And he sparkled so much better than in the first movie. I’m delighted to hear that pale makeup sales are up as a result of Twilight. HIGH FIVE! FINALLY! Blue is IN! Maybe I AM a vampire after all!
I’ve also heard that there’s a lot of knitting among the women on the Twilight set. Surely there’s a Ravelry Twilight group. Off to go investigate THAT. They’re gonna need help when that two-part Breaking Dawn shoot begins.
Meanwhile, if you’re stuck in Twilight limbo until the next movie lands in June–if you have incredibly NOT SEEN THE FIRST MOVIE–here’s Twilight in ten minutes for ya, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style:

Love,
Ann

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68 Comments

68 Comments

  1. I read all the books – not so crazy about the ending…have yet to see the movie but loved the Youtube commentary…can’t wait to see the hat!!

  2. I like the Vinter Lue pattern at Knitty – it knits up kinda small (or I just have trouble with my tension), and it’s fair isle, but biggish yarn – I used Mission Falls 1824. Pom-poms aren’t part of the original design, but they could be added.

  3. You want Kim’s Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I’ve made at least four; you can make all kinds of variations and it’s easy and quick. Check out my ravelry page under rosehorton (what a creative ravelry name, eh?)

  4. Also check out the Bella mittens there too; if you have a girl fan to knit for.

  5. I love the Thorpe hat – check it out on Ravelry, from Through the Loops blog!

  6. I haven’t knit this myself, but it seems to fit the bill of earflaps and pompoms. The guage looks pretty big.
    http://maryjanemucklestone.com/cabled-chullo-%E2%80%93-a-family-favorite/

  7. Definitely Thorpe.

  8. some good mens hat patterns are in Debbie Stoller’s Son of a Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and what is so shoking about the portion of men, i think there should have been more men in it, but the video was Very funny

  9. some good mens hat patterns are in Debbie Stoller’s Son of a Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and what is so shoking about the portion of men, i think there should have been more men in it, but the video was Very funny

  10. 1) I have not knitted Thorpe, myself, but it seems like The Thing To Do.
    2) I believe Dakota Fanning knits? Or she did, coming out of the womb and onto the set? I feel like we should have her do some kind of PSA for us, or something. (Also, I hear she was creepy as hell in NM, which makes me strangely happy, and could be useful for the knitting community at large.)

  11. I haven’t made it yet, but maybe this one? It looks small.Gnomey Childs Hat
    by Adrian Bizilia It appears to be a free Ravelry download. P.S. I can’t believe you’re a MSTie, too.

  12. I have enjoyed knitting up Cabin Fever’s Inka Hat – works up weely well in worsted weight. NAYY

  13. There is a Twilight group on Ravelry and if you go to there discussions, there is one that has photos of Kristen Stewart knitting on set. I liked New Moon SO much better than Twilight, but I did think Jacob was a little too muscular.

  14. Re: the hat – Fibertrends has a bulky hat with ear flaps, braids, etc.

  15. Re: the hat – Fibertrends has a bulky hat with ear flaps, braids, etc.

  16. Re: the hat – Fibertrends has a bulky hat with ear flaps, braids, etc.

  17. I’m on Thorpe #4 and it would be a perfect fit for what you need. If I had the opportunity to knit for an entire day, I might be able to crank 3 out. It’s a free pattern from Through the Loops and has earflaps, tassles and of course, you should add a pompom. I do. As my wise friend Denise says: “Hats just don’t look right without pompoms.” Never were truer words spoken.

  18. Another vote for Thorpe – it’s a versatile pattern.

  19. Another vote for Thorpe – it’s a versatile pattern.

  20. Have knit 4 Thorpes – with and without pompoms…this is the best pattern.

  21. I like the Thorpe pattern for hats with earflaps.

  22. I have made probably a dozen of Kim’s hats and I love that pattern. The earflaps one especially because of the garter stitch flaps. My sixteen year old has one in his school colors and I’m making my hubby one for Christmas, in Lamb’s Pride Bulky. With reindeer intarsia. By special request and he has given me a Christmas dispensation from the don’t-ever-knit-for-me-mandate.

  23. Thorpe. bulky yarn, interesting top down knit. goes like lighting, looks good.

  24. Isn’t there a pattern in the Alison’s Harry Potter knitting book for Ron’s crazy hat? Must be. It’s a very cool hat, but since you are so up on your movies, you will probably know what I am talking about so I don’t have to provide a link… I saw the first Twilight on a plane, and without sound, after a week on the beach, I couldn’t understand anything, but liked the scenery. No interest in that guy/vampire/whatever.

  25. EZ’s Ganomy hat. Pattern just out in Vogue magazine. stripes! add pompons.

  26. Another Thorpe vote (http://throughtheloops.typepad.com/Thorpe.pdf).
    It’s simple, fast, and high fashion. I did my own stripes in one, did a self striping yarn in another. Plus, I wanted just a basic pull down hat with roll up brim, so I started like the Thorpe and tried it on as I went. It’s knit top down so is easy to adjust the size.

  27. Snowboarder Hat That Rocks, I’m partway thru one myself & its definitely a one day-er for you. Plus if you have any trouble selling it, there’s a cool looking dude on the pattern page.
    I also like Thorpe, and Swell, and there are some super bulky ones on Drops site. Done ‘em all.

  28. I wanted to make Thorpe last spring and couldn’t remember the name but found “Ski hat with ear flaps” on Ravelry. I’ve knitted up a couple of them and they take an afternoon to knit

  29. I wanted to make Thorpe last spring and couldn’t remember the name but found “Ski hat with ear flaps” on Ravelry. I’ve knitted up a couple of them and they take an afternoon to knit

  30. I am so happy to hear that pale is coming back into vogue. I was watching the make up tips from the View’s make up artists the other day & they kept saying that to use a shade lighter than your normal base color to cover dark circles or hide other anomalies. My question is what is one to do when one’s normal base color is the lightest color available & there is no lighter color to cover with?

  31. Thorpe is a good pattern for this. Easy to modify for any size and color combo.
    Works up really fast even for a slow knitter like me.

  32. nth-ing Thorpe. Took me EXACTLY 220 yards of worsted used double.

  33. Alas, I have neither read the books, nor seen the movie.
    However, I have been told that I make copy paper look tan.
    Plus I have dark hair and very red lips.
    And I don’t make any sound when I walk.
    Ergo, I scare the crap out of people in my neighborhood when I’m out at night. :)

  34. As if you needed one more person to tell you this, Thorpe is the way to go. It’s a great pattern.

  35. So funny I went to not martha from this blog. Today her post is about ear flap hats and includes a lot of links for the hats.
    http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2009/12/02/knitting-in-process-short-row-earflap-hat/
    Hope that helps

  36. there is a free pattern on the purl bee blog today. 3 free hat patterns actually. Love reading your blog!

  37. Gosh, and I was worried that no one would mention Thorpe. I’ve made it up several times using small to chunky yarn, solid and with color work. It’s very easy, very fast, and so very forgiving. Something to love in a pattern and FREE too!

  38. http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/Hats/HKEarflapHat.html
    This will give you a “Earflap Hat Calculator” so you may make each hat to fit perfectly!!!and…. with a built-in liner!!!
    Lucia is a genius!!!
    Elizabeth

  39. http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/Hats/HKEarflapHat.html
    This will give you a “Earflap Hat Calculator” so you may make each hat to fit perfectly!!!and…. with a built-in liner!!!
    Lucia is a genius!!!
    Elizabeth

  40. Has anyone else noticed the similarities between the Twilight series and The Story of O?

  41. Oh wait… was I supposed to leave a comment about a hat thing instead of getting all wrapped up in how my own paleness is awesome?
    (sorry, I got nothin)

  42. ThorpeThorpeThorpe! It’s exactly what the skaterdude wants. It knits up gorgeous and fast with bulky yarn on size 9 circs. Couldn’t be easier. I just finished one for my Brother Dear; it’s on my blog.

  43. I have nothing about the hat, but I LOVE the commentary… “line?…..Line?”

  44. For those who already wear foundation makeup in the lightest shade available and seek a concealer shade: look for a white concealer, usually offered in a lipstick-like tube. If you can’t find it where you usually buy makeup, try a theatrical shop.

  45. Well, I had no real urge to see Twilight until now, but I must see the rest of this Rifftrax. MST3K Forever!!!!!
    …have you thought about a Jayne hat?

  46. I also made the hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It was the hit of the middle school and my very self conscious, fashionista son wore it all the time (now he’s into BIG hair which messes with the hat wearing). I used odds and ends – some Lopi from the 80s , some handspun from South Africa and some Patons wool. It was a very satisfying way to spend a snow day. I see that Chris (of Alicethelma) is knitting some spiffy hats these days.

  47. I made earflap hats for my 2 kids (9 & 11) last Christmas and they love them. I used the pattern from Charlene Schurch’s book “Hats On”. I used Cascade 220 superwash because we have snow and playing in the snow makes a hat wet and sweaty. They’ve been washed and worn a bunch and they still love them this year. I made a 3rd in a smaller size for my 3 yo nephew for Christmas this year. It’s a great pattern – it’s clearly written and works pretty quickly. After I’m done with my Christmas knitting, I’m making myself one. Why should I have cold ears?
    As for pale, my friend from college was shopping for foundation and the clerk asked what shade she normally wore – she replied “Oh, I think it’s called washed-out wimpy white”. 25 years later and I still think that’s funny – I use the same color!

  48. perhaps a book should be written called
    mother this is tuesday where is my hat
    knitting book
    drops has lushious patterns

  49. Gee, I don’t know nothin’ ’bout earflap hats, and the last vampire I whose “antics” I eargerly awaited was named Barnabas Collins. Am I still allowed in?
    LoveDiane
    :)

  50. This one in Pastaza is a quick knit in worsted weight and I’m sure that you could change the braids. http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/A101_Pastaza.pdf

  51. Thorpe hat for the win!
    By the way, I finished my Emma Peel dress for Ladybug the other day – and she actually wears it. It does play second fiddle to the shockingly bright purple/pink corduroy jumper that Grandma got her, but I’ll take it.

  52. i see cecelia already mentioned the purl bee pattern — here’s the link: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/12/3/whits-knits-cashmere-hats-for-mom-dad-and-baby.html

  53. Here is another hat pattern using worsted weight. I’m knitting two of them for Christmas presents. It’s also on Ravelry.
    http://www.alarmingfemale.com/knitting/free-patterns/big-funky-hat/

  54. THORPE is the one I was thinking of. (Not “Lloyd”, not “Lester”.)
    Also Purl Bee has a kind of refined flap hat for a man. Not tuff enough for yer skater, I think.
    Also, watching the video I realized that it’s just Dirty Dancing with vampires. I….had…..the time of my Liiiiiiiiiiife but I never felt this way before! I swear! It’s the truth! And I owe it all to YOU!
    xoxo Kay

  55. Tell me why Thorpe is better than Kim’s Hats, anyone? Thorpe beats Kim’s by a landslide vote, but I don’t know why? School me please. . .

  56. I’ve made the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly, and it would be easy to swap out the braided ties for dangly pompoms (and to make it just 2 colors).
    It was a super quick hat even with worsted weight.

  57. I’m knitting this right now: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-earflap-hat-for-the-whole-family
    It’s going well with a provisional cast on for the flaps.
    Go Jayne.

  58. I want to thank you for linking that Cliff Notes Video version of the first movie. Based on the ubiquitous references in many areas of my life, I was ALMOST beginning to think I needed to see these movies. NOT! I only made it through 2 minutes of the funny video! Ann, you are a pal – look at all that money you’ve saved me, for splurging on yarn!

  59. Ann, On your donegal sleeve, Once you are using 2 circs per round, turn your sleeve right-side-out….much easier to handle. Inside out with 2 circs IS like herding cats. Mary

  60. Ann, On your donegal sleeve, Once you are using 2 circs per round, turn your sleeve right-side-out….much easier to handle. Inside out with 2 circs IS like herding cats. Mary

  61. I laughed so so hard at that rifftrax commentary!!! Thanks so much. I also love your blog.

  62. I laughed so so hard at that rifftrax commentary!!! Thanks so much. I also love your blog.

  63. Okay, I admit it, I loved all of the Harry Potter books and movies, but just could not get excited by the twighlight books. Glad you liked the movie though.

  64. I just got Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Cabled Chullo, but I haven’t cast on yet. Looks like a cure for what (t)ails you.

  65. Ann, I’m sorry I did this to you. I feel dirty.

  66. look on Ravelry for Firefly, there is at least one group and they have pattern links for hats like that as one of the main characters wears one.

  67. I have made a couple of the Knitscene Earflap Hats. They’re easy and fun and use chunky-ish yarn. You can see mine in my projects on Ravelry. My name there is crunchymommy. ;0)

  68. Forget the Thorpe, try Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Cabled Chullo, it has I cord, pompoms and flaps.
    And Mary Jane is a lovely soul who sent me the pattern for free because I liked it!
    ( can’t promise she does that for everyone though)
    Did I mention that she has nice boots?