twenty two

Twenty two is . . .

. . . the circumference in inches of my new millinery block. I have been on the look out for one of these for a while and am extremely pleased to have finally found one. Score! Clearly I now need to make a hat for it.

The past few days have held their frustrations, but the fog of fatigue is finally lifting, and now the weekend is shaping up very nicely. Tomorrow I intend to write a couple of tutorials about steeking, so I will be back then to cut up this swatch with you. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

38 thoughts on “twenty two

  1. Oooh, steeking! Having got my colourwork confidence up making Sheep Heid, I really want to try it, look forward to you imparting your wisdom :-) PS Envious of your strangely beautiful hat block!

  2. Perfect that you are going to write tutorials on steeking. I have just started Rams and Yowes and anxiously anticipating the moment of the first cut.

    Wonderful colours on your piece.

  3. I am looking for something like this to block hats as well. Great find. I am sure I smell
    a pattern. :-). Feel better and progress well.

  4. Wonderful to hear you are feeling better. I’m very, very much looking forward to learning more about steeks with you.

  5. ooh yes please to the steeking tutorial! I am looking at several wheels of lopi intended for my Freya cardi – made with a whacking great steek down the front. Gulp! You will definitely be a help. Glad the fatigue is fading…. beautiful swatch….. and lookimg forward to seeing the hats! xx

  6. It must be the season for them! I found a millinary head/block last week, after years of looking for one!!! The shop also had a very strange metal one that is supposed to heat the hat to block it… Has anybody ever tried one? Nobody else wants it, so who knows, I might be able to get it cheap! :-)

  7. So happy you are starting to feel better. I am looking forward to the steeking tutorial.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

  8. I most eagerly await the steeking tutorial! I’m about to begin Rams and Yowes and have no idea how to go about doing the steek the correct way.

  9. I’ve never tried a steek, either. Perhaps the fear is the first cut! I did get 7 two oz. each bundles of each of the Shetland colors to spin and then turn into your lovely sheepy hat.
    Continued improving health and how about more pictures of you on your beautiful bicycle?

  10. Kate, how did you know I have nearly oh so nearly reached the point of no return with not one, not two but three steeks on a tiny toddler’s vest….. what will happen, will you save the day… I think so and thereby earn my steeking admiration!

  11. I love the demilitarization of the block with flowers and can’t wait for the pattern. I have been inspired by your sheep blanket and paper dolls to try Fair Isle. I just came in from buying Alice Starmore’s “Book of Fair Isle Knitting”. Feeling a bit overwhelmed after a brief look I had just decided it was above my skill level. I think I will wait for the flowers to try them as a first project. They are lovely and look far more manageable.

  12. Glad to hear your fatigue is lifting. :) I’ve been fighting it for different reasons than you but have also found it extremely frustrating. This week has been better!
    I can’t wait for your tutorial. I’ve had your Ram and Yowes sitting for about a month waiting to be steeked and am slowly working myself up to it. My first steek! Any help you can give would be appreciated!!! LOL. I feel so silly.

  13. So so pleased that you are feeling better, long may it continue. I am looking forward to the steeking tutorial, swatch of Hazelhurst is already on the go, hope it is not going to be too scary!

  14. I tried to find the translation for the word “steek” or “steeking” into Dutch or swedish or whatever language, but cannot find it ;-( Oh and I’m happy for yoy, fog is disappearing again.

  15. I’m very happy that you are starting to feel better and I hope you are having a nice weekend.
    In Italy we have a long week -end this time, but it’s raining…

  16. So glad you are feeling better. You are an inspiration both in knitting and in your perverance in conquering your health issues. As someone who struggles with both, I find your courage motivational to keep looking forward. -Thank you, Terry

  17. Now, if I hadn’t seen that here I’m sure I wouldn’t have known what it was for. And I make and block hats myself. lol Sometimes a girl needs to be hit over the head with a thing to “get it”.

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About Kate Davies

writer, designer and creator of Buachaille (100% Scottish wool)