Instant gratification hat
Saturday March 03rd 2018, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift

I started another cowl after last night’s post and finished the first skein today and at that stopping point considered: it really did need a second.

But I decided that I had done all the vivid Barbie-pink pearl yarn I could stand for one day, in part because with the sun gone, the artificial light did not improve the color for me, even if I think it’s just the thing for its intended, and meantime some super-soft, thick, braided Classic Elite Chalet yarn had been jumping up and down at me yelling louder and louder. It was emphatic that it needed to jump the line, and so I let it. Just for the evening, I told myself. It works up fast.

I have a hat like this with seven repeats. But there were only 98 yards to work with–and again, it’s quite thick–so we would have to go with six. (Note to self: needles US 6 and 8, 60 stitches.)

And there you go. It reminds me of a carousel somehow. Up down up down hold onto that line anchoring your character and a curving top above with those angles built into it.

As I was knitting it, it dawned on me at last that the person I sometimes see at church with the tracheotomy probably doesn’t want the possibility of loose fibers near her throat, but in this long cold spell we’ve been having, (34F as I type) a melt-in-your-hands-soft hat could be just the thing…

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Don’t you worry about a recipient’s intolerance to wool?

Comment by Maria 03.04.18 @ 9:17 am

Good question. I do–which is why that one is baby alpaca and I have a backup plan in wool at the ready. And if that doesn’t work I’ll offer to knit her one in my limited supply of cashmere or dissolved-pearl-chips-and-bamboo yarn, which is warm stuff.

I do tell people there are alternatives if they’re allergic. And then they get to enjoy the anticipation as well as having the actual thing later.

Comment by AlisonH 03.04.18 @ 10:11 am

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