For some reason, I didn’t feel like knitting in July and August. I can’t imagine why.
I tried swatching something in September, but it was a disaster, and we won’t talk about that. Instead, at some point in mid-October, I couldn’t find the shawl I was working on and grabbed the hat I’d left on the needles when it hit 102 degrees.
Two weeks later, the hat and its matching scarf were finished. The yarn is a closeout (Poems, I think, by Wisdom Yarns?, 100% wool) and the pattern for the scarf is the Yarn Harlot’s one-row scarf.
I modified the one-row scarf in order to make a two-row hat. I will not be doing that again. The decreases were ridiculously difficult. But I like the result. Do you?
I thought it should be a kid’s scarf because of the color, but several perfectly rational adults told me it would be fine for an adult too. Which is a good thing, because the hat turned out a lot bigger than I thought it would. Oops. (The photo also makes it seem as if the scarf changes width. It really doesn’t — I just laid it out badly for the photograph.)
This set is headed for the homeless shelter, which was the same destination I had in mind for this one, made with Malabrigo worsted weight:
I wanted to try a skein of this yarn because Ivy said it was super-soft, and this color had only one skein left. So I picked it up, figuring that wouldn’t mess up the store’s dye lots. The laddering of the yellow was unintentional.
I designed this hat in order to make it as warm as possible, figuring it would go to a homeless man who would need the warmth. The pleating and the fold-over on the brim are designed to retain body heat.
When I finished the hat, I showed it to someone, and Kiddo#1 grabbed it. “Is it for me?” I replied that I intended to donate it. He said, “Can you make me one like it?” Sure, I guess. I asked what color he wanted. This color, he said.
Which leaves me with a dilemma, whether I should give this hat to Kiddo#1 (it’s a bit big for him, to be honest) or whether I should donate it as planned. Kiddo#1 has other hats. But I also know he doesn’t really wear them, and I’d feel angry if I gave him this hat and he didn’t use it, especially knowing someone else needed it and would have used it.
But on the other hand, he’s my kid, and I don’t want to be some kind of Dickensian villainess whose children watch her being charitable to strangers and bitchy to them. What do you think?