Last week, after doing approximately 20357 miles of endless stockinette on my Willard Pullover, I decided I needed a break. I’m planning on knitting Meghan Fernandes’ Waterlily so I had already purchased Pom Pom’s 2014 Spring Issue and printed out which patterns I’d like to knit. The Moss and Deer Horns hat by Silvia Bo Bilvia was one of those patterns.
Dear reader, I knitted it.
I used DROPS Big Fabel, which actually has a funny story behind it. When I got into knitting a bit more seriously last year, this was the first yarn I bought that wasn’t a 70% acrylic 30% cotton blend. I was walking to the subway station from class, and noticed a yarn store that I’d never realized was there. Everything was so pretty. So I bought about four skeins of Big Fabel, all set on knitting a cowl. And I did. Kind of. It was actually a big rectangle knitted at a too-tight gauge which I seamed (very poorly) at the edges. It was hideous. I never wore it — mostly because it was super scratchy. And ugly. But! It was the first time I didn’t drop any stitches, did unintentional yarn-overs (not that I knew what a yarn-over was) and I felt very proud of myself. Alas, there came a time when I had to face the fact that I had a huge amount of yarn which was completely going to waste.
So, I ripped it out. I had a giant 400 gram ball that I wound by hand, slightly bigger than my head. I’m slowly using it in other, prettier projects. It’s fun to see how far I’ve progressed in my knitting in less than a year — I couldn’t read a pattern, was afraid of working lace, of doing colourwork, of knitting a sweater! I’m glad I really pushed myself. Knitting is the first really creative endeavour I’ve stuck with, and I feel more comfortable in doing more challenging — and nicer-looking — things now.
This hat is going to be a birthday gift for a friend of mine who is studying in Belgium in the next semester (it’s cold in Belgium, and she might need a hat!). It features this really simple lace pattern that looks like deer antlers but isn’t overwhelming. I really like it, and I hope my friend does too. It’s also a super quick knit — I had it completed and soaking in one afternoon — making a perfect project for when you’re tired of endless, infinite, stockinette. Besides, I used up old yarn, which means I’m being a good knitter. And that means I can buy more yarn. Right?
What are you working on? Have you finished anything lately? Let me know in the comments down below!
P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who has commented on my wee little blog! Knitters are just SO nice!