Hat Extravaganza Part 2

Yesterday I told you about some of the hats that I knitted in the last month or so….

…. But, wait! There’s more! And it begins with a story.

When I was but a young woman and knitting was still new to me, I set out to knit a sweater for the Dancing Queen. I carefully chose a pattern suited to her personality, a free spirited, outside-the-box kind of sweater pattern, an interesting but not too hard to knit pattern. I chose Polkadot, a free pattern from Berroco.

Then I ordered yarn. Lots and lots and lots of yarn. I love purple and so I figured that one couldn’t have too much Wool of the Andes Bulky in the Galaxy colorway. Besides, I didn’t want to run out midcircle…

Well, long story short, the Polkadot sweater was a disaster, a total failure, an embarrassing chapter in my knitting story. I ended up making a simple cardigan for my darling daughter instead, after I frogged the stupid circle of doom one too many times. The sweater that actually got knitted used up only half of the yarn that I had bought.

So I made mittens. I made a hat. I made a doll sweater. I made a pair of doll slippers. We used it for crafts in school. And, it seemed that no matter how much we used, the yarn never got used up.

Enter my recent hat making obsession.

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Yes, that is the sweater, too. I made it big and it still fits even after two years. This hat, though you can’t really see it, is just a made up hat with a simple cable rib pattern.

Of course, there was still more yarn, so I made another hat.

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It’s the purple one on the Princess’s smiling head. I could get a better picture of it, but if you have been a knitter for any length of time, you have see it before – it is the Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl McPhee, only with my gauge, it came out child sized.

And, wouldn’t you know it? There is still more yarn….

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