I have been having computer problems the last couple of weeks. I made the mistake of powering off my computer instead of doing a proper shutdown. Next day I couldn’t boot into the hard drive. Long and short of it is the computer is sort of running but I’ll have to re-install the operating system again at some point. Maybe I’ll disappear again for another few weeks.
Anyhow I finished a ski hat for Dan’s girlfriend this past weekend. It took nine days of really intense knitting to get it done only to realize about 2/3 the way through that it was going to be really small. I had knit a similar hat for Dan which she tried on but it was huge on her so I went a needle size down. This hat really shrunk and ended up 5 inches smaller than the first one. The only thing I can figure is that I did the first hat on a 24″ circular needle and this hat on a 16″ circular. I didn’t think it’d make that much of a difference but I guess it did.
I soaked and blocked the hat over a flower pot but it was still to small. Everyone that tried it on couldn’t get it to fit but Mallory has a small head and she managed to squeeze into it. I told her to try blocking it again if it bothers her so we’ll see.
Meanwhile, thinking that the hat was too small I tried to convince Chase to give it a go. He wasn’t having anything to do with it but he did keep it on long enough for me to take some really cute photos of him.
This book has a lot of really nice patterns in it of hats, chullos, mitts and gloves. Just be aware that the hats tend to be on the small size and do a gauge swatch first to see if the hat will fit your head.