Although it has been slow going, I have managed to finish up September’s Mystery Knit tuque — and just in time for October’s mystery package! (More on that next week, unless I fall off the blogosphere again.)
Overall, it was a pretty good project– the cable pattern was pretty easy to memorize once I got the hang of it, I really like the tubular cast-on I learned (so stretchy!), and I love, love, love the colour of the yarn. The yarn itself… maybe not so much. At least, not for a hat. It is beautiful yarn: it looks kettle-dyed, and it wasn’t splitty or knotty in the least, super easy to knit with. And yet, it had almost the hard, smooth feel of string, it lacks give and fluffiness — I think the knitterly word is loft though I could be wrong — and consequently I wonder how warm this hat would really be, despite it being 100% wool.
The yarn was a good choice for the project, because it shows off even the little cables beautifully. I just think maybe it would have been a better choice for a tank top (it’s not itchy at all, it’s so smooth) or maybe a shawl with an intricate lace or cable pattern.
As I was knitting it, I was getting a little concerned over the fact that shape seemed to be a long (getting longer!) skinny tube, but when I finished and tried it on, it worked out. Unfortunately at that time, I was also reminded that I’m not really that big a fan of tuques (my hair!). I was feeling a little bummed about having spent a month on an (admittedly fun) knit that I didn’t really want, so I plopped it on a certain little miss’ head and… well. Someone certainly didn’t see a problem with me not wanting the hat…
(P.s. You can’t really see it, but that shirt she’s wearing with the silk-screened ducks on it? Hand-made by a cousin in Vancouver! So cute! I’m hoping to commission a summer wardrobe of shirts from her for the coming years. Thank you Sharon, the shirt is awesome, and a very popular item!)
It having thus been decided that the hat was in fact for Starfish — and on the plus side, I know it’ll fit next winter too! — I set about making a pom-pom for it today. (Fun fact: I used the cardboard from October’s mailer box to make my pom-pom maker!) I’m not sure how many washes (or general toddler enthusiasm) that pom-pom will stand up to, but I still have a reasonable amount of yarn left in case I need to produce a replacement.