Cold Front

November 17th, 2006 | View Comments

I was at a friend’s housewarming party last weekend and conversation got around to my knitting. The gist of the conversation is this:

Friend: How’s the Mongolian sweater?
Me: It’s done! But in pieces.
Friend: What are you knitting next?
Me: A hat, I think. I need a hat.
Friend: You…haven’t already knit a hat?

Now, I have knit hats. I knit a hat for a friend. I’ve made a couple baby hats. I even made a hat for me, but it wound up in the charity pile because I underestimated the size of my head.

Upon hearing that I had not, in fact, ever knit myself a hat I would wear, my friend remarked “the shoemaker goes without shoes!” and proceeded to tell me a story about Sue Johanson of the Sunday Night Sex Show, her husband, and shoemakers going without shoes.

It’s true, sadly. Despite being from Wisconsin, land of the Frozen Tundra (Minnesotans and Canadians and everyone else living north of the Frozen Tundra can feel free to snicker here), I need a hat, a point that was driven home today by a 20-degree drop in the temperature.

I do have two hats. One is a nice wool hat I bought in Montreal in a small shop specializing in wool items and is wonderful against the cold. But it’s a bit big, I’m not fond of the giant pompom on top, and well, I’ve been wearing this hat for about eight years, considering I bought it in high school. The other is a horrible, 95% acrylic, 5% spandex hat I bought at some Big Box Chain Store and is both too small and utterly useless against the cold. Thus, it’s time for a new hat.

I had five skeins of purple Gedifra Cashmerino left over from making my grandma a wrap. I’ve always loved the color and feel of this yarn; it was just waiting for a project. And when I discovered this yarn is just the right weight for Shedir (pdf), I jumped for joy.

A new purple Shedir it is.

Shedir, halfway done

I’m taking a break from it for the rest of the night, as I need to decide if I want to do the fifth Saxon braid repeat or if it’s long enough as it is. I do like my hats a little long (I think my ears hang low, though they don’t wobble to and fro) and my row gauge is a little shorter than the pattern calls for. Cabling without a cable needle also aggravates my wrists.

So I’m going to spend the rest of tonight seaming aforementioned Mongolian sweater. Photos tomorrow!

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CogKnition posted this on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:44pm in Unfinished Objects | Permalink to "Cold Front"

1 Comment

  1. lobstah says:

    That looks so pretty! I love the purple color too.