I have at last finished my Silver Birch hat and I am once again humbly reminded that knitting is an art, not a science.
I want to make it clear from the outset that I love, love, love the hat. But, it could be a little smaller and fit better. Next time.
In fact, a little ditty came to mind when I was finishing this hat up. It goes like this:
Little dabs of powder,
Little dabs of paint,
Help a girl look,
Just what she aint!
You see, I had to use little dabs of powder and little dabs of paint to "finish" this hat. The yarn and design of the hat combined to create fabulous drape but not much elasticity. In addition, while the crochet edging is beautiful it does not have any elasticity either. Now, if the hat had been smaller this probably would not have been a problem because the mohair content is quite "clingy" and the lack of elasticity would probably not have been a problem. But, as already mentioned, the hat would have fit me better if it was smaller. So, a few strategically placed sew-on snaps were needed to keep the hat brim up where it belongs.
Here's the artist shot amidst my peppermint scented geraniums leaves! Both the Tao silk and the Parisinnie mohair are in the moss colorway.
Even though crochet was, I believe, my first foray into the world of crafting (think garish yellow and purple throw) it has been a very very long time and I found this YouTube instructional video on the double crochet stitch very helpful. I was somewhat discouraged at first when I realized that I was not getting it based on the diagrams provided by Crochet for Dummies. Things that make you go hum. This is a closeup of the crochet edgeing, which I really do like.
I must observe that while the pattern is simplicity itself, it could certainly have been written a great deal more clearly. Also be forewarned that if you ask a non-knitter for help following directions that refer to sewing together "right sides" of an object that is shaped like a parallelogram , you might find yourself politely listening to a discussion of things like the Pythagorean theorem. Honestly, I don't know where Mr Puffy picks this stuff up.
The finished hat is very elegant and I think I shall wrap it in tissue paper when tucked away between wearings!
Project Specs: Pattern: Silver Birch Hat, Colinette Arboretum Book; US 6 needles; 1 skein tao (100% silk); 1 skein Parisienne (70% mohair/30% ).