Adult sized basic hat

2 Sep

This is my basic hat pattern for adult sized hats, using worsted weight yarn.

Needle: Size 8 16″circular and dpns (or just dpns if you prefer)

Yarn: Worsted weight (fiber doesn’t matter)

CO 80 (You will knit in the round)

K2P2 ribbing for six rounds

Knit around until the hat goes from the base of your palm to the end of your longest finger

K6 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K5 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K4 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K3 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K2 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K1 K2tog around (ten times)

K around

K2tog around (ten times)

K2tog around (five times)

Cut tail, thread through five stitches, pull tight, weave in end


Kid-sized hats

18 Oct

I have finally perfected my hat pattern. I think. After a number of tries at both cast-on stitches and decrease rates, I’ve come up with it.

I use size 8 needles. A 16″ circular for the body, and then five dpns for the decreases.
Worsted weight yarn. I use acrylic because indestructability in a kid’s hat is a good thing. You can of course use any fiber you like.

CO 64 sts
K2, P2 ribbing for six rows
K all stitches until the hat reaches from the base of your thumb to the end of your middle finger.
*K6, K2tog, SSK, K6* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K5, K2tog, SSK, K5* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K4, K2tog, SSK, K4* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K3, K2tog, SSK, K3* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K2, K2tog, SSK, K2* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K1, K2tog, SSK, K1* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Knit all stitches
*K2tog, SSK* repeat from * three more times (for a total of four times.)
Cut leaving an eight inch tail, thread tail through remaining stitches, tie off.
Weave in ends.

Clothing, an accidental experiment

5 Oct

I ended up with no clean pants and very few clean shirts to wear to work this week. Why? Because I was out of town over the weekend, when I generally do my laundry, and my six housemates kept the washer occupied for the first four days of the week. So the results of that were interesting. I just wore the least dirty pants on Monday, but by the end of Monday they were needing to be washed without question.

Tuesday I wore thigh-high black socks, a nice knee-length black skirt, and a nice-ish shirt. To people who don’t know me, this outfit makes me look put together and on top of things. It gives the impression that I’m girly and care about my appearance. While I’m feminine, I don’t think anyone would actually describe me as girly, and I do care about my appearance, just not to the extent that outfit implied. Except for the shoes, I was still wearing my purple Keen Newport H2s. When I got to work, my boss’s reaction was that I was pretty, and I should do that more often. I happen to think I’m pretty no matter what I’m wearing, but that’s because I don’t have a lot of body image issues.

Wednesday I wore black knee-highs, a mid-calf length gray skirt, and a shirt with designs in a thermal weave. And the Keens. This outfit didn’t get the comments, but it certainly got looks from people I don’t know trying to figure out why my outfit and my hair were not sending the same message. The outfit was sending a conservative/polygamist sort of image, but my hair, while not actually short, is much too short for either of those cultures. It’s not quite shoulder-length at this point.

Thursday I gave in and wore my black on black striped dress pants and a flirty gray shirt. Again with the Keens. Comments on this outfit included that while it was definitely a work-appropriate outfit, it wasn’t really appropriate for my work place. True enough, I stated to the kids when I got there that the goal for the day was to not get the pants dirty. We succeeded. But the shirt (given to me, not something I would have picked) is definitely not in line with my mostly boring shirt collection. I know this to be true because even my professor said so. I did get comments on how the pants were cute, multiple times, but I know this, that’s why I don’t wear them to work. And since I go to school on work days, I don’t wear them there either. It was also said that the shoes went great with the outfit, in a very “Ellen” way. I’m assuming the reference was to Ellen DeGeneres.

Today (Friday) I was able to do laundry, and had most of the day off work. I’m now back in my usual clothing, and it’s not been commented on, other than that I’ve done laundry.

All in all, it was a really interesting experiment in how clothes change perceptions and reaction. Not only the way complete strangers react to me, but how people who know me well react. Should clothes have this much of an impact on how other people see me? I think that they shouldn’t. But I don’t live in the should world, I live in the is world. I now know which sorts of outfits to wear when I’m wanting to get extra attention from strangers and people who know me (Tuesday), looks without interactive attention (Wednesday), and extra attention from people who know me, but not strangers (Thursday).

These are all clothes I’m completely comfortable wearing, or they wouldn’t have been in my closet to be chosen in desperation to begin with. I generally try to avoid the combination that was Wednesday’s outfit due to the impression I know it gives, but I wasn’t quite willing to risk my dress pants yet. The Tuesday and Thursday outfits are the sort of thing I wear to semi-formal events, where they are on the slightly casual side compared to how other people dress. They are outfits in their context that get no reaction, which as my last clothing post pointed out, is the point. But wearing them out of their context led to reactions I hadn’t even thought to expect. I love the Tuesday outfit for events in which a skirt is expected and at those events I don’t feel self-conscious about my clothes, but I spent most of Tuesday feeling that way, because my clothes were out of place. Thursday’s outfit was less conspicuous because it was pants, I think. And many people had already seen Tuesday’s outfit.

I’m looking forward to going back to my normal rotation of clothing on Monday and the way I’m used to people reacting (or not) to my appearance.


16 Sep

Q: What is Holy Matrimony?
A: Holy Matrimony is Christian Marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

People discussing A049 and making the claim that marriage is entirely a secular and civil thing, are you missing pages 423-438 of your BCP? If so, you’re welcome to borrow mine, it definitely discusses marriage in the religious context. Also, page 861 (quoted above). Never mind the references in the Historical Documents at the back of the BCP.

Clothing is Everything

8 Sep

Clothing is everything, and sometimes more.

When I get dressed in the morning, I not only think about which clothes I haven’t worn yet this week, which clothes are clean, and which clothes will be suitable for work, I also think about which clothes send the message I want that day. When I’m getting dressed for work, it’s not much of an issue, because I’ve had the same job for four years, and was doing the same thing a year before that, and have worked out a few basic outfits, for which I just change the color of the shirt.

But weekends, and activities, and things that aren’t work are still a dilemma every time.

If I wear something that isn’t appropriate to the occasion, then I’m thought differently of. If I’m under-dressed it gives the impression I don’t care, and if I’m over-dressed it gives either the impression that I think too much of myself or the impression that I’m trying too hard. If I wear something that’s just right, then nobody gives my clothes a thought, which seems to be the goal.

Should I choose to wear a short skirt or a low cut top, then assumptions will be made about my availability, when I have chosen those clothes because I liked them. I don’t own any short skirts, but I do have a few tops that are unfortunately low cut on me. I almost always make the decision to wear them with a layer underneath so as to not give the wrong impression and attract unwanted attention. If I wear too much clothing at the wrong time of year, for me it’s staying warm because of over-air conditioning, but I get unwanted attention of a different sort, people assuming I must be hiding something.

I view my clothing as a second skin, the one people can see. I choose to wear clothing I am comfortable in, and feel more confident in. On the semi-rare occasion that I need to dress differently than is my standard, I feel strange and uncomfortable, which leads to being less confident in myself, which leads to the same negative impression people have when I am under-dressed for something formal. This realization has led to me intentionally wearing clothes I was comfortable in if I knew the situation wouldn’t be, despite the impressions it gives.

And all of that is with the fairly conservative style of dress I prefer and feel most comfortable in. If I wore clothing that was more showy in any sort of way (skin, sparkles, differentness from mainstream) I would have all of these problems, times a thousand. Unless I wanted to dress differently and be uncomfortable with my clothing. The right outfit is invisible, but the wrong outfit is obvious, and everyone judges based on what they notice or not about your clothes.

My clothes may tell a story, and it’s not always the story I’m telling. But society doesn’t hear my story if my clothes are speaking louder, and this is a problem. A problem I don’t have a solution to, a problem I wish didn’t exist, and a problem few people actively realize. And all of these are issues many people think of every morning, and many more probably think through without realizing they’re doing so. These are just the surface of clothing issues, to say nothing of the rest of appearance and gendered expectations that go along with them.


Intersections of thought on school and church

23 Aug

School started this week. While I’m super excited about my American Families class, my Protests and Movements class is not as interesting. But it has given me some food for thought.  We were discussing what makes a movement today, and as we were discussing different aspects of what makes a movement, it got me to thinking about how various movements have happened in the Episcopal Church. We talked about how movements can be both institutional – that is, operating within the framework of the institution, and not – which is everything else. The movement towards the ordination of women happened long before my memory started, much less my memory of church policy and politics. There were legislative items for General Convention, and there were the unauthorized ordinations of women in 1974. It was a radical movement at the time, changing the system and the status quo. It met with much resistance then, but it is now widely, if not universally, accepted within the Episcopal Church.

We talked in class about how one of the things a movement can be aiming for is to change the structure. There is a movement for that happening now and it’s exciting to watch. The unanimous agreement by the House of Deputies to create the task force to study the structure and make recommendations for restructure shows that the idea of restructuring is meeting with little resistance. I am waiting, however, to see if the ideas brought forth by the task force meet with more resistance as people who agree that the structure should change have differing ideas about how it should do so. The report to General Convention 78 will be a fascinating read, and while I would love to watch the task force do its work, I don’t envy those who will be on it. Fortunately for all though, they’ve chosen to be on it and hopefully know what they’re getting themselves into.


11 Aug

One last week before school starts. One last week of no homework. One last week of working full time with my kids. One last week of doing what I want after work.


One more week until I get to have in-depth discussions. One more week until I have conversations above the level of two-year-olds. One more week until I dive into serious reading that I can talk about with other people who’ve read it to discuss the implications it has.

The reading for this semester looks to be really interesting, and high in volume. I can’t wait!  American Families and Protests and Movements should both be fabulous classes.

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