I have two hanks of the Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted remaining after finishing Mdd's Natalya, and it ought to be just enough for this wonderful hat. I really can't tell you whether I'm more enamored with the hat or with the model, or even with the name -- Miss Dashwood -- it's all perfect!
My circ is longer than the one specified in the pattern, but that just means I'll have to switch to DPNs sooner, I suppose. There is almost nothing in this world that makes me look or feel more inept than knitting with a circular needle. I think I'm getting a little better, but my discomfort with those is the main obstacle to my starting something like Rogue. And doing a fancy, picot cast-on with a circ? The thought made my arms limp, knees weak, and brain turn to pudding. So I used a straight needle to do the cast on and then transferred the stitches to the circ. It's gorgeous, isn't it? I did my usual half-assed swatch and, as such, it was very close to gauge. I'm knitting the 3-6 month size. One thing I want to keep in mind as I knit this hat is what kind of changes I could make to end up with a Mr. Dashwood. The picot edge would have to go, of course, as well as the bobbles, and I'd probably make the brim a bit shorter. What think you? Can this be made more manly?
Good weekend wishes to all y'all.