I started knitting almost a year ago. Well, I will admit to having a random scarf or two in my history, but I had never been serious about it. Then I realized that knitting is the most portable stitch work ever and I got right with it.
Over the past year, I have started twelve projects and I have finished three. In defense of my slow stitching, I will say that several of these projects are big and almost completed.
I made a Hitchhiker’s Scarf.
I also stitched a GAP-tastic Cowl.
and this fall I finished a Annabella’s Cowl which I have yet to write about, but this is what it looks like on a model.
Knowing I didn’t have a lot time, I decided to go with the same pattern for each hat. In fact, my newest hobby is treadmill knitting. It is really not as hard to do as it sounds.
The pattern needed to be easy, have a mariner’s look, and be something they would wear. Jason’s Tweed Hat was perfect.
I used Lamb’s Pride Bulky for three of the four hats. This yarn is 85% Wool and 15% Mohair, and one skein did the job perfectly. I had just the tiniest bit of yarn left over after each hat.
For the fourth hat, I used Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Chunky. This yarn is 85% Wool and 15% Angora. It was much softer, and I ran out of yarn which resulted in a rather interesting crown for the hat.
Son Number One has always worn pink. My mother bought him a Real Men Wear Pink t-shirt in the third grade, and it has been his favorite color since. If you see a tall fellow wearing a pink stocking cap pushing carts at the Southside Fred Myer’s you will have spotted my oldest. I made the first version too small. So today, I reknit it. The hat now fits, but I did this very weird splicing in of the only other pink yarn I had. It looks a bit funky, but like I said, he is tall, and very few people can see this part of the hat when he is wearing it. Plus it now fits. If it really bothers me, I might take it apart again. We will see. Probably that is what will happen…
Tripp wanted yellow. I made a few mistakes on the crown and they are glaringly obvious to a skilled knitter. I am going to tell myself that if I hadn’t been under extreme deadline, I would have done a better job. Still, he is very proud of this yellow hat.
Have you gotten any holiday knitting done this season?