I haven’t given up knitting, I swear! I have been fiddling with this hat for what seems like ages:
You can see the dpns sticking out on the right side. I’ve frogged (again!) since then, because the decreases were not giving me what I wanted. I’m using the JKnit app to write (and revise) the pattern as I go. It’s a great app, you should try it if you get the chance.
I’m almost finished my Tomten, and making slow progress on my Sutton Hoo Hat, Unicorn Sleeper, and St. Enda. I have to get cracking on the St. Enda — it must be completed before Jan 10 2012 because it’s for my father-in-law.
The Tomten is a wonderful pattern to knit, I barely had to look at it since it was so easy to memorise.
I feel kinda unsettled today because yesterday I had my first ever car accident. It was a fender bender and it was my fault. I don’t have a lot of experience, I’ve only been driving for a year. I hit the other car from behind, and since I was trying to merge out of my lane when someone in front (not the car I hit) short stopped, only the left front of my car and the back right of the other driver has any damage. The other driver doesn’t have much damage, but I managed it so that the headlight’s glass broke, the bumper cracked, and the hood dented. So all three will have to replaced. I feel so stupid, though no one is angry at me, not even the driver I hit (seriously, I could not have hit a nicer person), I kinda feel like they should be. I guess that means I’m angry at myself, which is true. My inability to pay attention or focus very well is probably what I hate most about myself and at least partially responsible for me having the accident in the first place.
So 煤球 lost the hat I made him last year. I started to make him a new one in the exact same pattern, as his pickiness seemed to like it. Yesterday he informed me that he didn’t like the pattern I used for him last year, it was too tight around his head (I increased the width given in the patt) and not long enough (at nearly 45 cm?!). We were passing a shop that sells cheap stuff to tweens, he pointed to a long black and pink striped hat with ear flaps. I was really tempted to make him a Jayne Hat, as he would have no idea what he was wearing, which would be funny but also cruel. So I thought about ear flaps, and this image kept popping up in my head:
I won’t be making a balaclava, and it won’t really resemble the pic at all in the end, but the image is an anchor for me as I come up with a design for his pickiness’ hat. Do you ever use anchors when coming up with design/knitting?
This summer, I came up with several design ideas and I’ve been mucking about looking for the best way to bring them to life. I’ll be starting on a sleeper for my 1-year-old, knit in a cotton/acrylic blend because the wool one I made last year was just too hot. We live in a modern building in an urban area, so knitting for the decrepit country houses I grew up in is just not practical. It will be a lilac-y pink, the long sleeves will be raglan and there will be a hood. I made a rough sketch of what I was planning, then cast-on. Once I’d knitted a teeny bit of it, and I came to the astute realisation that I should write the pattern out in full, for all sizes, knit one of the sizes, and correct the mistakes in the pattern as I go.