feeling smart

While making Gretel, I remembered one of the reasons why I love hats – they are my number one choice of knitted gifts for friends! Even the very intricate hats can be finished and delivered relatively quickly, and the patterns and colours I choose are always well-received by my friends (hehe, non-knitters think hats are much more difficult than they actually are ;). I love making them as surprizes for friends who I want to show that they mean a lot to me, even if we don’t speak on the phone or write each other emails non-stop.

So finishing Gretel inspired me to make a surprize gift for another friend living far away. I recently asked for her address so I could send her a postcard, and now I can also use it for sending happy packages without her suspecting a thing! She’s a very special lady, if I had to describe her in two words, it would be: beautiful and strong. When I thought of her, I knew I couldn’t just make her any hat. I didn’t have an image of what to make, but I knew I’d recognize it if I saw it.

Enter Ravelry.

Step number 1: I looked through my queue. It wasn’t long before I noticed this. That was it! Simple, but special. Interesting but classy.

Step number 2: Find the perfect yarn. I recently discovered that every pattern page on Ravelry has a tab called yarn ideas. If you click on it, you get an overview of all the yarns knitters have used for this pattern (ordered by frequency), and you can click straight through to the projects. Perfect for a yarn novice like me!

The three yarns used most often on the Sixteen Cable Hat were Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Rowan Kid Classic and Cascade 220 Wool. The neat thing is that you can click on each yarn and there, on one page, you see photos of all the projects made from the relevant pattern and yarn. I clicked through all of them and decided that on average I liked the Rowan Kid Classic results best. This solidified my decision.

Step number 3: Buy pattern. Done with the help of Ravelry and PayPal within less than a minute. Pattern is already printed and waiting eagerly.

Step number 4: Buy yarn. That’s what I’ll be doing today at KnitNation! Report coming soon… ;)

p.s. Yay Ravelry for making all this so easy! I’m also feeling very smart personally for taking advantage of its potential to the full today… :)