Pat on the Head

Look what I did!  (Finally!)

Lisa’s Beret from Through the Loops knit in Yarns of Distinction Licorice Twist. My first knit beret.  How come it took this long?  Love the stitch pattern, love the yarn.  My only complaint – because there’s always something – is that the 1×1 twisted rib on the brim has no grip so this hat is constantly sliding around on my head – and I am not wearing it for fashion.  We walk two blocks to and from school every day, even in winter.

This hat may get some elastic eventually, but given my enthusiasm for doing things to my knitting that are not knitting, I’ve moved on to planning other hat projects.  I will probably knit a new hat sooner than I will figure out how to elegantly attach elastic.

Did I tell you about this yarn yet?  I got it in October at the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo from the Weavers Loft / Yarns of Distinction booth.  I drooled over the Licorice Twist in the Meadows colorway in my mind for a year before I bought it.  Why do I do that to myself?  I have been so scrupulous with my yarn purchases for years (and nevertheless have more in the stash than I could knit in a year at my current rate) but now I am loosening the reins.  Which is not the same as going on a spree, but will spare me perhaps from passing up perfectly beautiful and affordable knitting treats. (Like that $5 package of yarn shaped stitch markers I bought on a lark at Knit-a-Round two days before Christmas – they were all gone when I went back after New Years!)

Speaking of affordable. This hunk of a hank of yarn I bought was no less than half a pound of merino wool, 560 yards for $29.  It wound up into a massive ball and even after knitting the hat, it is still massive.

You can see the ball in comparison to a fill size hardcover novel, as well as the flacid brim in progress, in this photo:

I have a lot of this yarn left.  What else should I make?  I’m thinking a scarf, maybe mittens.  Then I will be matchy-matchy, just like all the other people who buy winter sets at the store.

  2 comments for “Pat on the Head

  1. Charlotte Mayhew
    January 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The beret is lovely! What if you picked up the brim edge stitches (or even stitches on the inside of the brim), then knit a short inside brim, which you then three-needle-bound-off into the brim on the inside. This would form a tube for elastic, which you could then hide. Did I explain that clearly?

  2. January 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Brilliant idea! I think that’s what I’ll do. Eventually. 😉

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