It's very pretty, but it isn't the same without an adorable model. Miss Dashwood was still drying out last night after her soak. I used one of my sister's bowls for blocking the crown (it was perfect!), but it was still damp so I unpinned it and left it to dry overnight. I quickly sewed it together this morning -- I haven't woven in the ends and I'm prepared to move the earflaps, and I haven't bought or sewn in the buttons, and I'm not sure I have the earflap/tie placement correct. The hat really softened up with the washing -- I was a little worried about how stiff it was before.
Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes, 50% alpaca, 50% merino, color 2007
US 6 circular and double-pointed needles
Started February 25th. Completed (tentative earflaps) March 2nd.
This was very fun to knit and would make a fabulous baby gift! I had done a knitted cast-on before, but not a picot edge -- what a gorgeous detail for a baby girl's hat! The decreases before the bobble row, looking kind of like pleats, is another beautiful detail. And the bobbles, while I really hate making them, just make the hat! I got around the horrible bobble chore by slipping the stitches off the needle and pulling the yarn through with a crochet hook to make the stitch. I employed that method wherever more than two stitches needed to be worked together; I knit much tighter on circs and DPNs than I do on straights. It's just a beautiful hat and a very nice pattern. Five stars!
I had to break into a second hank of yarn to do the earflaps and ties -- the hat itself took approximately 100 yards. Your mileage may vary! I'm hoping to get a pair of matching baby mitts out of the remainder. I am seriously contemplating making another Miss Dashwood in a summery cotton and using ribbon for ties.
Here's the start of Goldie for Ali. The color is really very close to that of St. Brigid, which, yes, I was wearing yesterday*, minus the flecks of color in the Cascade 220. The Zar One is lofty and springy and while this may look kind of small, it's all pretty stretchy. I'm totally cabling without a needle on this baby -- very easy on such big needles! Ali's eyes lit up when she realized what I was working on.
Speaking of Ali... She hauled me out to the dreaded mall last night to look at (ack!) prom dresses. We met a friend and her mother, went to three stores, and they tried on lots of dresses (teehee, I tried one on, too!). Poofy, she wants poofy, but it seems the bigger the poof, the heftier the price. Her favorite -- and I have to say that it was beautiful and she looked like a princess -- was expensive. Owie, owie, owie! I have a big, big problem with spending so much on a dress that's destined to be worn once. Even if Maddy wore it in a few years -- and she probably won't because we all know that poofy won't be "in" then -- I still have a problem. I agonized over this last year, too. Prom is just over a month away, and she's still going to look around while I cross my fingers.
*I'm going someplace different today, so I'll be wearing St. Brigid again! (In the "Afterglow" comments, Susan told me I could! Thanks!)