5 April 2009
This is the hat mentioned yesterday that I made for the eldest child. He picked up an earflap hat in a shop the other day and asked me to buy it for him. I looked at the price ($20) and said I could knit that, expecting him to roll his eyes and walk away. Instead he said Ok!
The minute we got home I dragged him to the stash basket[s] and he chose blue and black, but when I explained the black was too fine and I didn't have enough to hold the yarn double, he asked if I could hold the black yarn double with red. Sure! Anything! My fifteen year old son wants something handknitted by me? In dubious colours? With yarn held double for two of the three colours, interspersed with single threads of the third colour? And I don't have enough of the first colour?! Sure thing!
Please excuse the fact that the sofa cushion is upside down, with the zip at the top. It had been used as a car ramp by the ten year old until five seconds prior to this shot and I didn't notice it was the wrong way up.
I cast on while watching Tess of the D'Urbervilles and then it sat on the coffee table untouched for a whole week. Until I picked it up again to watch The Hours and finished it off.
He loves it and assures me he WILL wear it. (And he has, all day, and even out in public).
And now ... prepare to be even more impressed ... da na na na ...
Son #3 was so in awe of this new hat he went and raided the stash basket[s] last night, found some old hand dyed green from my very first dyeing adventures last year, and demanded I knit one for him.
I cast on last night and got a fair way in. This morning Son #3 burst into my bedroom holding the knitting and requested I continue knitting. I demanded sustenance in the shape of a cup of tea (with toast and fig jam please) and continued. A brief foray out to the local farmers market to stock up on outrageously expensive organic celery and beetroot, followed by a hilarious Greyhound Playgroup session for the hound, and then back to the knitting.
Voila. Two hats finished on consecutive days. He declared it awesome and has worn it all day long.
The pattern is of course Kristen's fabulous Thorpe available at Through the Loops here, and further details are ravelled here and here if you're interested (and a member of Ravelry which you totally should be).
Son #2 is giving me the poor neglected middle child eyes now. Sigh ... I foresee a third Thorpe this week.