Wednesday, February 24, 2016
yarn along: hat trouble
I did it, friends! My Hitofude is done and blocking as I write. I wasn't thrilled with the length on me although it fit great everywhere else so I'm really hoping that blocking will allow me to add some length. The length in the back is fine but the way the two front sections ended up was shorter than I'd hoped. I would still wear it and love it but I'm hoping blocking adds even nicer drape to the garment. I loved working with CoBaSi for this project; it was really easy to work with and I like how defined the lace pattern has been even before blocking.
Next up: when we were in Portland last month, we stopped into a yarn shop, Knit Purl, and Jesse really liked a hat they had on display. It is a pattern belonging to the store, the Lintel Hat, and it really is beautiful and does like "Jesse" to me. I haven't adapted hat patterns for men versus women but the model for the original pattern is a woman and the hat doesn't look huge on her so I'm trying to figure out if and how to modify the pattern to fit my dear husband. There are only TWO projects for this pattern on Ravelry (both for girls) and although I put feelers out to him about looking for a more tested pattern, Jesse really liked this one and I rarely knit for him and he rarely requests anything and as all knitters know, when someone requests something, it feels so gratifying to make it if possible. And so. This feels like a very basic question, but I'd love for you to weigh in: when a hat pattern specifies a finished circumference, does that describe the hat "at rest" or does it describe the optimal head size once stretched out? This pattern says, "Finished circumference: 18 inches," but does that mean if I measure Jesse's head and it is, say, 19" do I want to add at least an inch to the circumference of the brim? The colorwork pattern contains 16 stitches so I am considering just adding an extra repeat of the chart and seeing how that goes; it seems like my simplest option if I end up needing to make it bigger. I get to pull out my ball winder which is always exciting. New project here I come!
Reading this week:
I am coming nearer to the end of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Relief. I'm glad I have read it in part because I'd eventually like to have read everything by Kingsolver, but this one has been tough. So thankful for the other ladies doing the read-along together or I may never have continued.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is a re-read for me and a really enjoyable romp. Nothing complicated, just adventure, romance, history and some laughter. It's a good companion to the other book I'm reading!
I'm also reading up on the basics of teaching Suzuki piano, because I think my oldest would really benefit from it rather than slogging through the method books I have always liked using. It's been a bit of a battle with her and she assumes she can't do some of the things I know she can do, so I want to switch tracks. I think the focus on artistry and ear training in Suzuki lessons will be invaluable to her. I know that a formal Suzuki music education has very specific components which I will not be able to entirely provide, but I am up for the challenge of learning something new together as well as we can. Suzuki does seem to fit well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education I currently fully embrace.
I'm joining up with Ginny's Yarn Along and looking forward to seeing what others are reading and creating! I feel so excited to have finished such a long term project that I'm itching to load up my Ravelry queue with new fun!