Every now and then I knit something entirely on a whim.
For the most part, my knitting planning runs far far ahead of my fingers’ ability to keep up, as does my sewing and quilting planning for that matter. Right now I have three projects on the needles, including my big crochet blanket, and the next seven projects lined up ready and waiting. Even if I haven’t bought all the yarn I need for all of them yet, I know what they’ll be and in what order. But of course no one likes being told what to do, even when you’re the one telling yourself, and a little rearranging of the plan is in order.
So it was with these Urchins. The initial whim was about wanting to make sure I’d put as much time into Kitty’s handmade Christmas as I had in knitting Elma a cardigan. When what look to be a relatively simple skort still took me all day to put together, I realised that was silly, and shelved the three rows of hat in favour of getting as much of John’s Christmas socks done before the big day.
But after Christmas, and searching around for a nice portable project to take up to my inlaws as car and chatting knitting, I picked it back up again. Kitty’s hat whizzed off the needles and was finished while we were there, and while Elma had to wait for me to get home to cast on, smaller hats take less time.
Both hats are loved, both hats are worn, and both hats are left at school and so I need to nip back to my Siblings photos for this month for the only evidence of the girls wearing their hats at the same time.
Each hat is knit from one ball of Rowan Big Wool, in I think the colour Champion, at least that looks the nearest on the shade card. This is moderately deep stash yarn, easily from before the children, saved waiting for a perfect project, and it works brilliantly for Urchin.
It’s not a hard pattern to knit; you make petal shapes knitting back and forth and graft the ends to make a hat, but like every other Ysolda pattern I’ve made, it’s very clever, and what at the first petal looks incredibly strange, turns into a beautiful beret shaped hat before you know it.
And with that little detour out of the way, I’m back to my plans as before. Well almost. Because if I’m being honest here, the person who has worn both of these hats the most is a certain tiny wee boy named Pip. He tried on Kitty’s and it was too big, he tried on Elma’s but it was too beloved by Elma, and then he looked up at me, in firm belief in the power of his Mama’s needles, and said the immortal words: “where mine hat Mama?!”
I’m going to have to do some stash diving for something suitable I suspect – any pattern recommendations?
Also coming under the finish line this week is the first of my Christmas tree decorations for 2017. Yes really. Every Christmas I end up collecting a handful of cross stitch and papercraft magazines with gorgeous little cover kits and I swear that I’m going to make them over Christmas and then get far too caught up in the actual getting ready for Christmas and usually some high speed finishing of the Christmas presents to sit down to do a little truly indulgent making.
Starting in the autumn never works because of a proliferation of birthdays and even Christmas in July passed me by so I’m sewing for Christmas in January. This is the first that I’ve finished, the cover kit from November’s Cross Stitcher, and even if my sewing up isn’t quite perfect, I love how it turned out. Now all I have to do is not loose it before next December!