Monday, October 13, 2008

Choppy seas & September chapeau

So, yeah I admit it - I have been griping about the weather a lot lately. (You - in the back row - I heard that sniggering!)  Truth be told, the heat wave broke last week and I finally had the chance to wear my hand knit socks, along with my beloved jeans & fleece pullovers.  Then the forecast turned ugly, the words "Santa Ana" were uttered, and this morning I woke up to this:

The first few shots were taken from my balcony while I was still in my jammies, but once I saw the boats pitching back & forth on their moorings and choppy seas with whitecaps to the horizon, I hurriedly dressed and ventured out with my camera. I took a couple more pictures at the bottom of my hill, where the spray was so strong I got wet just making it to the end of the street and around the corner. The wave action hit hardest on the portion of the seawall between the Terminal Building and the Via Casino archway.  I know I took a ton of pictures just of that area, from a few different points including the end of the pier.  Although I'm sure any liveaboard, shoreboat operator, or harbor patrol officer would disagree - it was a great way to start the day!

Tomorrow?  The forecast is for temperatures in the low 80's.  Whoopee!

But this time I am ready, I have plenty of ice cream and even more importantly, I finished my Sweaty September Tam.

As was previously noted I have rather a lot of hair!  I tried the tam on a few different ways and finally discovered that it really looks best on me with all my hair tucked up inside.  And all my hair does fit inside!  Which makes this possibly the most marvelous hat I've ever knitted because it A) gets my hair up off the back of my neck, and B) perfectly manages any bad hair days, even better than a baseball cap does.

Looking at it from the back, you can see a little jog where I bloopered one of the decreases.  I didn't see it myself until I started to block it.  But at that point, I wasn't about to rip the whole thing back and you know, there's that whole "horseman riding by" rule.   And in regards to the blocking, I think someone will be interested to know that upon completion this tam did have a substantial "point",  the whole yellow center section actually.  I blocked it twice, once just flattening out the pointy area, and then a second time doing the traditional "stretched over a plate" routine.

I think I need a few more of these, and maybe in more neutral colors? The only change I'd like to make is tightening the band, but other than that I am quite pleased! 


KnittingBlueContent said...

Man. Your balcony view is AWESOME.

Thanks for the pictures of life on Avalon. Choppy water is still "life at the beach" in my book, lol.

If ever you want to switch places for a few days, Me and The Hub are totally game!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Amazing pics Kath! I wish I could have been there to see that.

Love the hat! It looks great on you too. I like the colors you chose, they go well with your skin tone. Looks sorta like a Rasta hat. Can't wait to see the next one you do in muted colors. Bet that will look cool too. xxoo

Ellen Bloom said...

The tam looks fabulous! I love the colors...nice work!

WOW! Surf's up in Avalon! Great photos of all that choppy, windy weather. Being a former boat person, I feel sorry for the live-aboards. I wonder if it was as choppy over at the Isthmus? Probably not.

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow! Those are some amazing pictures. I think I prefer the view from here, though. Not sure I'd want to be out in that!

Also thinking that I should maybe give my tam another chance. It's still sitting there, half unraveled. The numbers weren't working out so I know I did something wrong. But perhaps the point was meant to be...