In Knitting

A Cat and A Hat and Some Ramblings

Next up in the “Will She Ever Knit Anything Besides A Hat” Series is… another hat. Sometimes I wish I had all aspects of my life narrowed down as well as my knitting focus is because things would probably be a lot easier. It’s hard for me to pin point my favorite food, or favorite thing to sew, or wear, (or, you know, what I want to be when I grow up) but when it comes to knitting I’ve got it all figured out. I like hats. I know eventually I’ll try branching out and knitting other things but I’ll always go back to hats. So without further delay, here is my new hat, my old cat, and some random off-the-cuff ramblings.


This hat is a modified version of the All Day Beret by Debbie Stoller that I first learned to knit while working through her class on CreativeBug. It’s a perfect introduction to lace techniques and very simple to make! I simplified things even more my skipping the middle zig-zag in the pattern and following the instructions for the left diagonal and decrease instructions only.


The yarn is MadelineTosh Vintage in Filtered Light which I bought while visiting Finch in Virginia around Christmas last year. This is my second time using this type of yarn and while I love it for so many reasons, it does fluff and pill easily. This isn’t exactly ideal for someone like me who wears hats nearly everyday, and it’s especially not ideal for someone like me who has a chronic dry skin disorder. I was practically felting the yarn as it passed through my fingers! #ichthyosisproblems


Oh well, that won’t stop me from using ToshVintage again in the future (their colors are hard to say no to!), but I do want to try knitting with a superwash yarn to see how it holds up for me and my special quirks.

And now for more photos that are slightly overexposed despite my best efforts…


Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the fact that it stays light outside til 9pm lately but I keep going outside much too early when the sun is still blinding. Even when standing in the shade I couldn’t get the white balance just right. That just goes to show that I have so much more to learn when it comes to manual photography. I’m happy my blog serves as a constant encouragement to learn new things and fine tune my creative skills, not to mention share those things with like-minded people who appreciate my “nerdy hobbies” aka passionate life obsessions.


Side Note: I didn’t make the shirt I’m wearing but I’ve been test driving it to see if I might want to make a similar shirt. Some v-neck tees I like and some shades of purple I like but I’m not sure if this particular shirt is one I want to recreate. Rather than spend the time, money and effort to make my own purple v-neck I figured I’d do some field research first. Does anyone else do this? Do you test drive ready-to-wear clothes before recreating them yourself? I mean you can only see so many flattering purple v-necks on Pinterest before you’re convinced they’ll be equally flattering on yourself and you NEED a purple v-neck. …and a Scandinavian inspired kitchen remodel and a capsule wardrobe and a wedding and some vegan taco dip.


And speaking of Pinterest, I fully blame the rose-gold hair trend for my current color (no shame) and I really love it! So does my mom. I can tell because she told me, and also because she’s been re-pinning all my trendy rose gold hair pins – ha! Mom if you’re reading this you should totally go for it.


And cats! Thank you all for your kind words about the recent loss of my 20 year old cat. One of these days I’ll do a memorial post for her and share a roundup of photos since she graced this blog with her ridiculous antics quite frequently. I promise to keep it light-hearted and not sad. Peanut would have wanted it that way. I’ll miss her for the rest of my life but I still have three agents of chaos (aka cats) to carry on in her footsteps. This one is Nikko and at 16 she’s now the oldest of my pride of senior felines.


Well, thanks again for reading along. Any random ramblings or current WIPs you’d like to share to with me?

p.s. I’m on Ravelry if you’d like to be friends!


  • Ronja Zigler

    at least you keep making different hats! I am obsessed with the same hat pattern and have made it almost 6 times. It makes me so happy!!!

  • Such a lovely post and glimpse into your world right now. These photos are really sweet. I smiled through all of them.

    Wishing you a fun filled, sunny, exciting summer,
    β™₯ Jessica

  • Tessa

    You’re making me reallly want to knit more hats. I don’t wear them nearly enough to warrant all the ones I have already, but they’re so satisfying! Also, isn’t Vintage superwash?

  • You knit what you wear and that’s awesome! I wish I was a hat person like you!

    Nikko is a cutie!

  • I knit socks. Sometimes a hat, or fingerless mitts, or a scarf…..but I Knit socks. Nothing wrong with focusing on one thing. πŸ˜†

    Sorry about your cat! It’s hard to lose a loved one.

    Love your new hat!

  • Loran Watkins

    I refuse to count how many Agents of Chaos I now feed. REFUSE. Love the kitties, and Lucille πŸ™‚

  • I think you have life figured out far more than you realize, darling Rochelle! You’re an artist and artists dabble in all sorts of creative pursuits. πŸ™‚

    I totally test drive things! Books from the library before buying and thrift store clothes before making. LOL! And here I thought I was the only one!

    Love, love, love the new hat! There are plenty of knitters who make only socks so why shouldn’t you make only hats? Do what you love, right? I just finished my first shawl and I love it! I think another podcast is due.

  • Kris Paddock Khan

    Rochelle, your posts always make me smile because you seem happy in your own skin, pursuing whatever is working for you / intriguing you. Keep making those hats — they keep you sane!
    P.S. that is a fine looking cat you’re holding!

  • Barbara Dougherty

    awww, I am sorry about your kitty. Mine was 19 and you are right, you miss them every single day.
    I don’t knit, or crochet, but would love to learn. IF my hands were so messed up, that is. Anyway, your hat is LOVELY. I love it!