Accidental Hat…

I don’t usually give up on a project.

I’ll take my time choosing then bludgeon my way through till it’s done. Intarsia, Fair Isle and lace have all been conquered at the pointy tips of my needles.

This time was different though.

I love the new Rowan yarn, Cocoon and have been contemplating a project. When I found myself in John Lewis, Oxford Street, they had a display garment, artfully styled on a dummy – I was sold! I bought the yarn on the spur of the moment.

It was this …

Iceland from Rowan 42

I cast on and knit the rib – my third WIP at the same time – what’s happening to me??

Multiple “WIPage” aside, I had a shock when I showed my new darling to my knitterly friends.

“Are you mad? We were with you at that knitting course when you tried that on – you hated it. Don’t you remember? It was terrible. It swamped you and was much too warm….”

This did stir some distant memory although it has confirmed my fear that age and dementia are catching up with me!

Hmmmm….Maybe they are exaggerating…we have very different taste…. (can you hear me trying to convince myself readers?)

I showed another knitterly friend who had also been at the same course. She said the same thing 🙁

I might just enjoy knitting it for the hell of it huh? (Still trying not to admit to making a blunder) I did the first couple of rows of the pattern.

I hated knitting it! It wasn’t hard, just fiddly with C2B dotted all over the place. The yarn was scrumptious but the C2B annoyed me.

I got this far.

I admitted it to myself – It was a dumb purchase and by now I really didn’t want to spend my time on it. I frogged what I’d done and decided to return the untouched 7 balls to JL.

Hmmmm…. I’ve knit half a ball….I can’t return it…I can’t waste such scrummy yarn … What can I make?

I liked the Snug hat in the same Rowan mag…It took two balls apparently….I’ll cast it on and see how I like it…..

Opps! I’ve finished a hat 😀 It took one evening, used one ball of yarn and I love it!

If anybody remembers Benny from Crossroads…..I don’t want to hear it!

Edit 5/12/07
My ex-friend Uknitty donated this Monkeys picture to the discussion!

Completed Knit Report  
Name: Snug
Pattern: Snug by Cathy Carron
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon
Pattern Problems: None but took less than 1 ball – pattern gives 2 balls?
Pattern Modifications: None but next time I’d knit it on DPNs and a circ rather than seam it.
Washing and Wearing: Lovely and warm and quite versitile look by rolling the brim up and down.
Knit It Again???: Yes!
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Rating: 5/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: None

7 Responses

  1. elaine
    elaine December 4, 2007 at 6:11 pm | | Reply

    hahah does look like benny!!!ooops! Cute hat:)
    Look what you’ve made me do… after seeing Eveleen, dahsed out and bought Rowna 40, its all your fault, just reading through it now…eeekkk.
    I would have bought rowan 42, but it was sold out!

  2. elaine
    elaine December 4, 2007 at 6:12 pm | | Reply

    ..oh and I can’t type either

  3. Uknitty
    Uknitty December 4, 2007 at 6:51 pm | | Reply


    I love it (and you) really !


  4. Cheryl
    Cheryl December 5, 2007 at 9:29 am | | Reply

    I am not saying a word about benny and the hat:),yours is nice and looks better on you:)

  5. Oslofia
    Oslofia December 9, 2007 at 8:44 pm | | Reply

    Cute hat. I also liked the sweater you decided not to knit…I’m doing a similar drops one in alpaca. Dont think that it will be to thick 🙂

  6. Rachel
    Rachel December 13, 2007 at 2:49 pm | | Reply

    Great hat, and IMHO you are better off without that jumper. It has weird sleeves. You would look like Bjork.

  7. Kathy
    Kathy January 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm | | Reply

    I too am knitting Iceland. I have some questions for you about some trouble I am having the first few rows after the ribbing. I know you canned the project but I think it’s an exquisite sweater. Maybe you could help me a bit?

    Please reply.
    Thanks so much.

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