You know you’re behind with your blogging when it’s taken you longer to write about a project than it did to make it. But I have the best of excuses in that I’ve been besieged by germs for what feels like months. I’m at the tail end of a bout of flu, sinusitis and a chest infection so I think I can be forgiven for letting my blogging slip a bit.
Anywhoo, on with the long-awaited (by me anyway) unveiling of The Hat.
I cast on Bubs’ super-dooper special hat on the 5th of October and finished it on the 18th. Now don’t let that fool you into thinking I’m a super speedy knitter. I’m really not. And with the added complication of having to follow a colour-work pattern I knit at the speed you’d achieve if you were to try swimming in treacle.
The reason I finished it so quickly is that I knit on it damn near constantly. I knit during breakfast, lunch and dinner. I knit while watching endless episodes of Gigglebiz. I knit whenever my hands weren’t otherwise occupied by child or dogs.
Every day Bubs would ask me if I’d finished her hat yet and I’d vow to knit a little bit faster – by which I mean I’d forgo an 11 o’clock bedtime in favour of one closer to 1am.
And then it was finished, minus the small matter of a trillion ends to darn in. All that was needed was the pompom.
This is where I took my brief of “a ‘normous pompom mummy!” a little too seriously. I dug around in my bag of pompom maker gadgets and pulled out the biggest one I could find then used four strands of yarn (one of each colour in the hat) to wind around and around and around.
There were a couple of moments where I thought maybe I should’ve opted for a smaller pom and when it was unfurled from the gadget I knew without doubt that I should have.
Pattern – Cozy Canuck Chullo
Needle size – I used 3.75mm and 4.0mm circular needles
Yarn – King Cole Merino Blend DK. 1 ball each of Aran, Raspberry, Black and Kingfisher
I knit the larger size on smaller needles hoping that it would work out roughly to the measurements of the smaller size. Well suffice it to say it didn’t. I should’ve knit a gauge swatch first (naughty knitter that I am!) but that’s a lesson learned for next time. As it is I’ve tightened the band of the hat with a row of single crochet so at least the weight of the pompom isn’t dragging the hat off of her head anymore.
The stranded colourwork pattern results in a lovely double layered knit which will hopefully keep Bubs snug as a bug this winter. Actually it’s so big it’ll probably still be keeping her warm when she’s 18!