Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Love Hat Relationship


Braid & Bobble Hat
Originally uploaded by littlekidd
Hats come in handy where I live. So, I made another one. This was my travel project for our Spring Break trip to Washington, DC. Braid and Bobble Hat by Fiber Trends, knit on size 5 needles with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

This pattern seemed an inordinate amount of work for a hat. Several cable patterns, all different numbers of rows, worked flat, then seamed. Seed stitch a-plenty in between. Stitches picked up along a selvedge for the crown. Along the opposite side, the cable is turned on the WS, and then that whole edge is flipped to the front and hemmed. Sheesh! Clever construction, but a little fussy!

The whole time I was working on this, during those afternoon rests from museum and monument hopping, I sort of loathed it. If I had been home I would have dropped it like a hot potato, but stuck in a hotel room with nary a yarn shop in sight, it was the only thing I had to knit. So I plodded along.

The thing is, now that it's done, I LOVE it. I love the way it fits. I love the softness of the yarn. I love the horizontal cable orientation. Two skeins barely made it. I used tails for the seam and hem, and had to skimp on the little top braid.

When I finished this hat last week it was 55 degrees and sunny. I didn't expect to get the chance to wear it until next winter. But lo and behold... winter is not done with us yet. I took this photo just a couple of minutes ago on the front porch. On Easter Sunday, I washed the car in a t-shirt in the driveway. Today, I had to scrape the windshield. I would be TOTALLY over the snow... that is, if I didn't have this great new hat to wear.

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