Friday, November 14, 2014

The giant hat, revisited

As the weather's turned cold I have noticed a terrible shortage of Mary hats in the cupboard.  I still love my favourite superwarm green one, but it's too much for milder-cold days, and I seem to have misplaced my midweight transitional hats after last winter skipped that stage and went straight to frigid.  So I grabbed some quiet meditative time while working from home on Remembrance Day and reknit the Giant Hat.

That was probably the last time I'll be able to knit on this edition of the porch, and I appreciated the luck of unseasonable warmth and sun to have it.  So much so, in fact, that the knitting just whizzed along while I listened to another audiobook.

It whizzed along so fast that I didn't notice I increased the wrong amount AGAIN.  And, upon noticing this while I started the decreases, had to rip back almost all the way to the ribbing to make it right.

After all that it had grown too cold to linger outside any longer, so I shifted to my armchair under a sun patch and carried on.  It really is incredibly fast to knit a super bulky hat, if you don't mess up.  And by bulky, I mean three stitches and four rounds to an inch.  It only takes a couple of hours to knit a whole hat at that gauge.

I'm so happy with the finished product and regretted only that it was too dark when I finally finished to do proper glamour shots.  For now, let's just admire the decreases that, this time, do not come to a pixie point.

Also, I remembered at last why I had bought this yarn in the first place.  It hadn't made any sense to me at all when I found it in the stash cupboard - wrong weight for the other yarn I'd bought in this colourway - but then it suddenly occurred to me: one of the Twisted club shipments had included a beautiful little flower with a pretty embroidered button sewn onto the middle.  I'd fallen deeply in love with the bulky yarn weight on the basis of that flower, and had to have some more of it.  Lucky I gave in!  And lucky I kept the flower on the side of the refrigerator for instant cheery-uppiness as needed.

So: how cute is this flower/hat combo?  Think I should sew it on for real?

And with that happy problem, let me bid you a wonderful weekend.  Wish me luck for some actual knitting time (so there's something to write about here next week) and I'll see you Monday!


Anonymous said...

go for it on!

Mary Keenan said...

yay flowers!

Laurinda said...

That's really cute! You should definitely sew the flower on (I hope I didn't accidentally post twice)

Mary Keenan said...

I think you're right Laurinda - I mean, it's very nice on the 'frig, but hardly anybody else gets to see its cuteness there ;^)