It’s been three weeks, I’m sorry. The glorious Hesh hat was finished soon after my last post, stowed in my handbag, used the next day in unexpected snow, and appropriated by Small Girl very soon afterwards.
The pattern is free, via Ravelry. I used two different shades of Malabrigo Rios and have enough left to do another one. The Rios was a delight to work with, with the single exception of winding it. I made a size large. It fits me, and it fits five year old Small Girl too. If I was making one explicitly for her I’d do it in a medium purely to get it finished quicker and with shorter i-cords. If I was doing one explicitly for me I would try not to have the tassels hit at nipple height this time. She has worn it in ridiculously high winds, untied, and it’s still stayed firmly over her hot little ears. This is a hat that makes people smile. It’s warm. It stays on your head. It squished up to fit into a handbag without having so little bulk that it’s easily lost. Perfect. The knitting is straightforward and quick, the pattern clear. I was a stitch out on my final few rounds but it still turned out fine.
Still on the needles is the No Fa (Nothing Fancy) shawl. This is coming along well, even with the cussing that a row of yo y2togtbl will inevitably provoke when Small Girl goes back to school tomorrow and I have to tackle the 4 row lace section.
Apologies for the lack of links/graphics – I’m blogging on a different pc to normal and don’t have access to my beloved LiveWriter.
I should come clean and say that I’m completely off socks at the moment. Absolutely, massively, completely. I think I needed to do something bigger and not in pairs. In other news, I finally deactivated my facebook account a week ago. I’ve done so much sewing, despite it being school holidays, that I think I’ve broken my machine. I should also say that as a returner to sewing, I absolutely loved the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee. Loved it so much that I blew a tenner on the accompanying book, which is great and will be even better value if I can get the local copy shop to enlarge some of the patterns for me.