I finished the hat today, and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. It hasn’t been blocked yet, and I still need to type up the pattern changes, but both the sample and the patterns should be at the Yarnery by the middle of next week (it would be earlier, but I’m teaching on Tuesday night, and it seems silly to make an extra trip to St. Paul to get the stuff there four days sooner.)
Joe makes a much better model than I do – trust me, I started off wearing it and he took the pictures, they were hideous. I love the way Joe always looks like he’s in pain when I make him wear something handknit.
And from the back:
Joe has a relatively tiny head for an adult, and I have a good-sized noggin, so I’m pretty sure the one adult size will fit most.
In review, this hat is a shop model for the Yarnery, out of Claudia Handpaint sock yarn. It’s also a prototype for my new adult version of the baby hat pattern that has been so popular this spring. Both patterns will be available at the store, and if you are not local, but want the pattern, you can e-mail me and we can work out a deal – basically, $6.00 either by Paypal or personal check will get you a hard copy in the mail.
In response to a couple reader questions -
Why would I rewind yarn that is already in skeins before dyeing it? I’m doing self-striping sock yarn, and the way I do it is to wind it into very long skeins and dye stripe-length sections. There’s an entry or two about it somewhere in my archives in the last couple months.
There are no plans for a class for this hat at the store. We offered the baby hat as a class a year or two ago, and it didn’t get enough people signed up to fly. To be honest, I think my pattern is clear enough and the knit easy enough that most people can do it on their own.
Speaking of classes at the store, though, the Knitty Lace Socks class starts on Thursday June 21, and has enough students to go for sure, but there are still four places available. If you were thinking about signing up to do either Pomatomus or Baudelaire, now’s your chance! Also, some of the new Claudia solids at the store would be perfect for either of these patterns.
Connie mentioned the book “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch. It’s funny you should ask about that book, because we happen to have it, and Julie happened to pull it out of the book shelf all by herself yesterday and has been reading it all day today. We like this princess book. She’s a tough chick, but Julie is still trying to understand why Prince Ronald is a jerk.
Now, it’s time to go make up with the blankie. I think I’ll start off weaving in some ends.