Friday, March 13, 2009

Hot Heads

A short while ago, my daughter announced that she needed a new winter hat . . . a big, stretchy one preferably. She's growing her hair out into dreds. (Does one 'grow' their hair 'into' dreds? Forgive me, for I am out of it. Way out of it.) Anyway, the hats she has been wearing are becoming a bit snug and uncomfortable with her new hair style. She tried on a hat I had knit for myself a couple of years ago and requested one just like it, but in a different color.

I guess waking at 4 in the morning and not being able to fall back asleep has its advantages . . . I got up, stoked the fire, made my morning latte, sat down and finished her hat.

I've included this picture of my hat because I think you may be able to see the pattern better in the light color. It was an enjoyable pattern to knit. Once I got past the second cable twist, I didn't have to keep my eyes glued to the instructions; I could tell where I was by just looking at my work.

If any of you are interested, the pattern is in Charlene Schurch's book, 'Hats On!'


Fiona said...

Very nice! Just curious... how long did this take you, start to finish?

Melissa said...

Just beautiful. I am envious of your daughter having a Mom who is so talented. I'd love a hat like that!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Fiona - NO IDEA! No, seriously, I can be a titch more helpful than that. Trouble is I did it a half hour here, six rows there. Not a lot of sustained knitting! If you unfold the ribbed 'cuff', it's just about as long as the cable (upper) part of the hat. I did exactly half the ribbed part on a 2 hour car ride. (So 4 hours for the ribbing?) 'Course, that knit one/purl one ribbing would go a little faster than the cable pattern but that might give you some idea. Wish I could be more specific.

Mama Pea said...

Hey, Melissa! Thank you for the kind words. It really truly-duly doesn't take a lot of talent! I think learning how to hold an even tension and knowing how to count are the main ingredients to being a good knitter. But thank you!

MaineCelt said...

While I really don't get the "dreads" thing, but I respect that folks have their reasons... it reminds me of my sainted grandmother who once asked a certain six-year-old what kind of hat she'd like Grandma to knit. The kid asked for something in hot pink, white and black with pom-poms and bug antennae...and Grandma somehow made exactly that!
I still have the hat, somewhere.

And I think that green hat is beautiful, by the way. What a good mama!

Mama Pea said...

MaineCelt - It's 'dreads' and not 'dreds'? See how much I know? I really, really, really am out of it!

What I want to know, Missy, is why you aren't still wearing that darling little hat your Grandmother spent so many hours lovingly creating for you? Huh? HUH?

RuthieJ said...

I recognized that hat pattern even before you told us the book it was in! Both of those hats are lovely.

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Ruthie - I'm betting you could knit about 95% of the hats from that book with your eyes closed!

Thanks for the compliment. Hope Chicken Mama likes her hat when she gets home.