Keep your chin up!
Tuesday February 04th 2014, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,Life

Thirty-three years, I think it’s been–that hat is OLD. That hat was knit before we were parents. That hat was knit in doubled worsted wool on straights and seamed (I had to look for it–I did a pretty good job, who knew.) Gauge swatch? What’s that? Decreases? That’s, like, knit two stitches at the same time, right? Circs? I’d never tried them.

And yet somehow I concocted this hat for my 6’8″ husband. It came out, um, even for him, a little big. As in he vanishes down to his shoulders if he puts it straight on.

I stumbled across it tonight and told him,  thinking out loud, You know–I could cut the top off, frog it back to where the ribbing starts, and we could have a thick warm cowl out of that thing.

He got this big goofy grin on his face and took it from my hands and pulled it down over his nose, a big poof in back.  “That’s MY hat!” he protested, and you could just make out the grin under the bottom of the wool. Did he want to model it, then? Nooooo, no he did not thankyouverymuch as he made silly half-faces at me.

Just in case there are any new knitters reading this: we all start out as beginners.

That thing makes for great peek-a-boo games with the grandsons.

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I laugh to myself when I think of how my knitting skills have grown since I began to knit in 1964, most especially in the last 8 years. Thank goodness for YouTube and the Internet!

Comment by Jody 02.05.14 @ 7:08 am

oh my! you are SO right — we all start out as beginners at whatever the chosen art/craft may be (and I admit when I returned to knitting after not doing any for about 20 years, I was a beginner all over again because so much had changed!!)

Comment by Bev 02.05.14 @ 11:23 am

Alison, after all you’ve been through health-wise I’ve never doubted your sanity… but are you losing your mind?! Thank goodness Richard is there to take away the scissors! “Put the hat down, and back away s-l-o-w-l-y.”
Funny story and goofy hat, but cowls are easy to make. Memories, not so simple to recreate.

Comment by LynnM 02.05.14 @ 12:47 pm

Thanks! I’ll print this out and take it with me next time I knit with new knitters.

Comment by RobinM 02.05.14 @ 1:55 pm

You’ve got me smiling here. So sweet – and funny!

Comment by twinsetellen 02.05.14 @ 9:09 pm

He and his hat are definitely keepers! 🙂

Comment by Pam 02.06.14 @ 9:57 am

What a great reminder! Thanks to Richard for standing his ground. 🙂

Have fun with the grandsons. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 02.06.14 @ 12:32 pm

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