Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Palindrome Prescription

The beeyooteefull blue socks that made me swear a blue streak are still on a time-out.  I have not yet worked up the strength to frog them.  I just don't have it in me to start a completely different pair of socks either.  As a remedy to heal my broken knitter's heart, I have returned to my first love -- hats.

This makes perfect sense.  Hats are good, hats are my friend. And with as much hair as I have, occasionally my savior.  I still have plenty of hat patterns in my Ravelry queue, added back in the days before the sock knitting bug bit me in the ass. After checking the list, I decided to give the Palindrome Hat a shot.  I have plenty of hat-knitting yarn in my stash too, so I rummaged around and found this:

Amore from Lulu's Yarns in the Caterina colorway.  It's a single-ply worsted weight handpainted wool I picked up at Stitches West earlier this year. Since I'm starting to plan for next year's trip to Stitches West, it seems like a darn good idea to use up some of the yarn that's been marinating in the stash since that event.

I cast on and in no time flat had the respectable beginnings of a very pretty hat:

It's a blissfully simple pattern, perfect for the overworked brain swimming with statistical facts & formulas.  The cables get lost in this but I really don't care, I think they'll just provide texture and thickness to set the brim off from the rest of the hat. The colorway is great, it appears mostly pink/red but has a rainbow of other colors mixed in:

What's not to love about that?  

Of course, knitting with worsted weight wool while the temperatures are still in the 80's is certainly an interesting and perhaps not the most practical thing to do.  I'm sure making hats with cotton or cotton blend yarns would be much more enjoyable and appropriate, but I don't have any on hand. (Note to self for future stash enhancement - consider more variety in fiber.)  However, with the way the weather is going this winter, the odds that I will every get to wear this hat are not good.  So "practical" is basically going out the window here, it's really just all about making me feel better!


Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Love, love those colors! That's going to be one bitchin' hat girl! I just love that you can knit something so fast. You're really good and I am always impressed. Thanks for sharing the progress. Can't wait to see it finished. Hope you get some cooler weather soon. xxoo

Anonymous said...

Super colours and it's turning into a really pretty hat. Go you!

Mia said...

pretty! i wish i could wear hats but the only time i do is when i'm outside shoveling the snow!