Wednesday, February 3, 2016

May The Force be With You

Being a Star Wars fan since the original movie was released in the 1970's I simply had to knit The Force Awakens Hat pattern by Mrs. Luedeke when it popped up on Ravelry.  It's a free pattern, but I would have paid for it.  It's a fair isle stranded knit hat with a band of Empire Tie fighters, a band of wording (which I left off as my husband didn't care for it) and a band of crossed light sabers and Storm Trooper helmets.  There was also some fair isle patterning in between the motif bands which I left out or replaced.   You can see my mods and notes here.  It's a fast knit which I found very enjoyable.  My husband loved it and has seriously been wearing it ever since - even inside the house (hmm, maybe I should turn up the heat?)  He has a Star Wars buddy a work who oddly is not another computer geek like himself, but a woman in the HR department (now, that might seem a bit sexist of me, but really the odds are clearly in the computer geek sector don't you think?)  Anyway, she flipped when she saw the hat, and since it's a fun fast knit I told her I'd make her one too.  She did give my son an R2-D2 kitchen timer after all ;)  So, the gray version is my hubbies and the blue in progress one is for his Star Wars buddy.  Now, my son Sam wants one too to match his dad.  Good thing I like the pattern huh?

As for books, I'm on to reading book two of the Percy Jackson series The Sea of Monsters to my son.  We're really enjoying it thus far.  This time around instead of stopping a World War Percy must save Camp Half Blood, the only spot on earth safe for the half blood children of the gods.  No small task.  This week I'm even squeezing in some time for my own reading and since my interests are turning towards Minimalism that's exactly what I'm reading about.  Minimalism, live a meaningful life by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus.  I like parts of it and not others.  To risk sounding sexist again it's a little bit single male in tone, but they are guys without wives or kids so what do I expect? Actually, I'm noticing a lot of minimalists seem to be men.  Not sure why, but now I'm on the look out for some Minimalism books by women.  If you know good one leave the title in the comments would ya?  Thanks and I hope you're all having a great week!

Joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along.


  1. What a very cool hat that is! Glad it's a quick knit for you. That makes it all the more fun!

  2. What a fun hat! I can see why your husband doesn't want to take it off! He'd need it my house; we keep it cold!

  3. Haha I love when a knit gets a good reception! Although knitting three in a row must make you desperate to cast on something else ;)

  4. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. Yes it is very helpful to read your advice. Although I'm doing some of those things (and did feel a bit better after the gym, lunch discussing how I might be more involved in local politics, and my art appreciation class) it is very affirming to have others suggest it. And, and I hope this doesn't sound daft, interacting with all generations is lovely it reminds me I am part of a continuum when someone of my children's generation reads my blog and wants to join in the conversation. Not that my sons and daughters do not but their interest in knitting is wearing what I make! Talking of which that hat may be perfect to replace the one my geek, railway signal designer son has lost. And a book on the simpler life? I don't know if it is available in the US but I would recommend The Urban Peasant it's about living a simpler life in the city. but now I've checked on Amazon I can't find it, only recipe books, sorry!