If you had completely given up on me actually aligning the conventional blogging days correctly (WIP Wednesday, FO Friday), I have a little surprise for you (and myself)! I actually have an FO post to share on Friday! Yaaaaaay :) Furthermore, if you have been trying to keep track of what I’m knitting and got completely lost in the sea of WIPs, sorry about that. I’m trying to reach the surface again too, but I’ve dived quite deep, so bear with me please :)
But let’s get to the point. This baby has been blocked and finished for a few days now, and it deserves its moment of glory. I present to you: Hipster Hat.
Hipster Hat is actually Jane, by Jane Richmond, but once I put it on I just couldn’t call it anything else. I first heard the word “hipster” last year in London, and this type of hat was pretty much essential gear for the image of the prototype hipster that formed in my mind as I integrated the word into my vocabulary. Above is my best attempt at looking hipsterish. Hehe. But let’s take a closer look.
The pattern is straightforward and enjoyable. Which doesn’t mean I didn’t have to knit the whole thing twice, mind you. Simply put, I ran out of yarn close to the end, had to rip the whole thing and think of a way to make it work with less yarn. Luckily, there proved to be a very easy solution. Originally the hat’s brim is knitted to twice the required length, folded over and sewn together, to form a comfy, super-warm layer over your ears. In my second version, I simply ommitted that and knit a regular brim (half the length indicated in the pattern, as I wouldn’t be folding it over). Taddaaa! Problem solved. The brim is still longer than it would normally be on a hat, and I think that works very nicely here.
And best part? Completely unexpectedly, it even ended up long enough to fold over when you feel like a change! :)
A few words on the yarn – Quince & Co Osprey. It. Is. Wonderful. Please, take a moment and observe how the faux cables pop.
And if you knew how smooth the fabric was, how utterly devoid of any hint of scratchiness (and we’re talking about 100% wool here, people)… I’ve said it all before. But I just thought I’d remind you… ;) Kudos, Quince, really well done.
The hat weighs exactly 100g, and it allowed me to use the last skein of the 400g I won in Hannah Fettig’s extremely generous giveaway a few months ago. It’s been a very well used 4 skeins, if I say so myself, with Honey and this hat, I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve turned it into.
So let’s do a few more yays: yay for successful FO Fridays, yay for projects that work out despite difficulties, yay for amazing yarn, and yay for generous bloggers! And I hope you all get a few more reasons this weekend to go ‘YAAAY’! :)