A couple months ago, Tracy came in with that slightly despairing look that we knitters sometimes get when we know that something has gone horribly wrong. She had been working on a beautiful baby blanket, encountered a rather vexing problem at a time when the shop was closed and knitting 911 was unavailable. Rather than admitting defeat and grabbing another project, she bravely forged ahead by cutting out the offending problem.
She cut it.
Not for the sake of a steek.
The next day, she came to the shop, presented the blanket to Becka and asked “is this bad?”
“Um... a little...”
Bec did what she could to repair the situation. We consoled Tracy that it would be ok, the blanket could be saved. But, once the immediate problem was solved, we may have gently kidded Tracy about her creative knitting solution, once or twice.
Well. No more.
Seems, that in a desperate, blurry, lack-of-sleep induced haze, after staying up until 5am to finish a gorgeous cabled hat, Becka discovered that it was too big for her head. Either she had to take it all out or get rid of most of the ribbing.
She grabbed scissors.
She cut off the rib.
Tracy, you were right. Sometimes, in those desperate hours, cutting may be the solution. (Personally, I wouldn’t have had the guts.)
But, what do I know. Becka has a fabulous hat and Tracy made a beautiful blanket. Go figure.
Seems that hats are all around right now. Maybe due to this brief appearance of winter. (I promise I will not go on about the freakish weather, but come on!!! It is January. I want snow. I want snowbanks up to my waist. I want my kids to make cool forts and go sledding and learn to skate. We buy eco-friendly energy, Peter is going gangbusters over Brunswick’s new and incredibly improved recycling program. We’re fighting the good fight against global warming. Is a little snow too much to ask?
Ok, I went on for a bit. It’s out of my system. Sorry.
Back to hats.
I finished my happy hat out of Lorna’s Laces last night and started the matching mittens:
I am particularly pleased with the pom pom.
I tripped across this when getting caught up with Crazy Aunt Purl. Check out her site for the instructions. Just scroll down to the entry on the flower pom pom.
And I am very proud to feature one of our newbie knitters and her very first hat: