I do! I do! And fortunately I can do something about that.
I have been itching to use some wool that I picked up second-hand at the Red Purl "Green Sale" earlier this year. I got eight 1-ounce balls of what I think of as an old fashioned wool. It's rough, sturdy, and none too soft. But sure to hold up. The colour is a beautiful royal purple--dark but bright at the same time. (All pictures here only approximate it as I find purple is almost impossible to capture.) The colour has an old-fashioned look as it's completely uniform and even a little flat. A far cry from the "one of a kind" indy dyeing that's so popular now. But I like the colour enough to overlook a little "flatness."
I decided it would be good for a hat. I looked around for a pattern and found this large oversized hat with "dwindling" cables. It starts with a band knit in a twisted rib and then the main part of the hat is knit from there.
But that is exactly what I wanted.
Straight off the blocking and encouraged to stand up, the hat looks like something Guinan would wear:
Perhaps the page boy?
The side beret?
I'm really enjoying wearing this hat. It's comfortable and warm (and looks good, I think).
Although I thought it was perfect at first, the band turns out to be a touch big. It's prone to slide down my forehead which is a little annoying. (It's a good thing I wear glasses to hold it up!) But it's not so loose that it doesn't work, and I'd rather this than having it too tight and binding my head.
I have enough yarn I am hoping to make a pair of matching mittens. (This doesn't bode well for my [well-worn] red coat...not exactly a good match.)
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