Monday, May 24, 2010

Angus in Northcote, I Believe You Were Wanting a Hat?

Since the 19th March 2009, when I posted on the knitting of the Mr’s Boyfriend (Only Way More Over His Head Than That) Hat, Angus in Northcote has been leaving comments on this blog. Sometimes they pick me up on punctuation, grammatical errors; the use of ‘And’ and ‘But’ at the beginning of sentences. Often there is proffered left-field advice, sage words of wisdom or occasional lateral, ‘red herring’, chuckle-inducing commentary. More often than not, there is the continued request for a hat like the Mr’s in pale or duck-egg blue. Angus in Northcote, you have finally worn me down. Angus in Northcote, I have knit you your own Stephanie Nicole (free pattern) Boyfriend Hat three times this weekend.

VERSION ONE:



Using a Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed, this version did not work. Too floppy too stretchy too something.* The middle kid, happening by at the time, said he would quite like to have it – but could I make it shrink? Why, yes, as long as you don’t mind a felted-to-within-an-inch-of-it’s-hatness hat, kid. Middle was very chuffed and yelled ‘THANKS FOR MY SATURDAY HAT, MUM!’ After questioning, I can clarify that the kid is too embarrassed to wear the hat to school but more than happy to wear it on Saturdays, providing there are no scheduled playdates and it is cold enough to see your breath.

VERSION TWO:



‘Tinked’, (excellent term borrowed from Suse for reverse knitting, frogging, unravelling the thing), within a minute of completion. I had even knit an extra two inches to accommodate a ‘turnover’, cast off and THEN decided that a 100 stitch cast on in an (unlabelled stash) cotton was way too much even for my Mr’s large head.

VERSION THREE:



Knit to the Mr’s specifications, which does not involve a turnover (so last season, apparently) and with an 80 stitch cast on (I was betting on stretch). My Mr thinks it’s fabulous. I’m only glad the specifications were not for skin colour beige, think it would look fabulous on a small child and completely give up. Angus in Northcote, this here is your hat. Try the damned thing on and we’ll take it from there.



* Those missing commas are entirely purposeful. But you will notice I did not begin a single sentence with ‘And’.

46 comments:

Drewzel said...

I know that this comment is completely irrelevant to the purpose of the post, but I think your Mr is an outstanding hat model which is another way of saying he's spunky :P Yay!

Kirsty said...

So impressed by the x3 effort on this one. I think I'd have cracked after the creation of the Saturday Hat & sent Angus from Northcote a six pack. x

Stomper Girl said...

Nice hat. And I love starting sentences with "and". But don't tell Angus from Northcote that.

melissa said...

well can i just say that i totally sympathise.
i made the same hat for my son. and i love the pattern but i think i used the wrong kind of wool or something (damn you spotlight and your inability to source american yarn!) because the hat kind of pings off his head when he wears it. it's also too short. but unlike you, i didn't have the patience to try 3 times. i love the colour of yours!

Amanda said...

I love the final product. Although I don't think I would have been as stubborn. Another lovely fun read :)

Sue said...

Hmmm.......... gorgeous hats and gorgeous hat models.

ELK said...

first you picked beautiful colors ..designs look good on those two special heads!!

Lola Nova said...

Lucky Angus indeed!

One Flew Over said...

3 hats in a weekend!? Jeepers you are quick.

Looks great on the MR x

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

There is no way I could ever pull apart any of my knitting! maybe because it would take me a year, not a weekend, to knit a beanie. I still have a knitted rabbit in my kids toy basket that was meant to be a gift for a friends new baby 7 years ago. I was told by at least 3 people that it was "the scariest toy i have ever seen" - each of them having no idea that i had made it - it looked a little like a voodoo doll in the end..... but i just couldn't throw it out with all the effort it had taken or give it to the child as i didn't want to give it nightmares!

Cherie said...

Gorgeous hats on gorgeoues heads - looks like a true love job here ;))

Andi said...

And what's wrong with starting a sentence with 'and'?

Gina said...

You're so very kind towards your stalkers - this is a particularly kind gesture given that the stalker is also playing back-seat-editor, a terribly annoying trait. Did you, perhaps, make the first one too small in the hope that it might hurt his brain?

Fer said...

Angus is one lucky commenter! And it looks good too!

june at noon said...

As a former editor, I would like to inform Angus that it is now considered perfectly acceptable to start sentences with "and" or "but" and the like. It is all about using the form and style of the writing to convey something, a certain tone, and yours is perfectly fine the way it is. :)

(Very nice hat, too.)

dillpickle said...

Angus is a very fortunate man/boy! An awful lot of energy must have gone into making that hat. Three times...!

It looks fabulous :-)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Jeez you are a bloody good wife. I do agree, I get really upset when I make someone a beanie and they roll over the top! I hate the look of it.

Carmen Rigby said...

I've made this hat as well but I made my husband's out of cheap "squeaky" yarn thinking it would hang onto his hair but alas, it did not and also washed up horribly (scratchy!) so that hat is a BUST. Unfortunately it did not shrink so not even our sons can wear it. :( I do love the colour of yours though! Mine is a pale funky wannabe tan color that makes my husband look completely bald. Not good!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Angus, But I am going to do everything I can to hang on to MY NEW HAT. Perhaps I'll offer to take the parcel to the post office.

Mr Myrtleandeunice

Linda said...

wow Mr M and E is pretty damn cute.....oh and so is the hat and Angus is so damn lucky you are so nice!!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Doggèd probably describes you best !
Not dogged , as in by misfortune ... but doggèd in a Winston Churchill on the beaches way .
Scary , really . But endearing .

Melbourne Vintage said...

It's glorious - hatty and manly at the same time!

Miss Sew & So said...

loved this post! you make me giggle in my tea....your mr is very lovely and funny- tried on the hat and is now plotting to steal said hat on way to the post office...what a tale this has become....patience is a virtue dear friend...and you have it in mountains...and *and* is a perfect way to start a sentence....only the truely *creative* can see that!
have a lovely day
melissa x

teddybearswednesday said...

Angus from Northcote would go to town on my blog.
Secondly go you for making 3 hats in a weekend!!
Thirdly Mr is a total spunk.
fourthly for me it's nice to nice that someone else makes things that don't turn out as they wanted and therefore makes different versions. Just made yet another reject head, not that any of yours are rejects. xo

Jodie said...

So where is Angus?

stringsofpurls said...

Angus is a lucky man.

beck said...

Perhaps he gave up and knitted one himself? x

Lauren said...

You can knit three hats in a weekend?!! Its taken me a year to knit a scarf for a 3yo! I'm impressed, as should be Angus in Northcote. Please tell him not to visit my blog. I used And at the start of a sentence at least twice tonight. But its my blog, so my rules, right?

Angus in Northcote said...

USER EXPERIENCE

***LOG ENTRY BEGINS NOW***

The 5am child wake up and demand for parent's bed mixed with the last of the stupid cold means there I was at 5.53am playing Scrabble on FB while having a cup of tea.

You know how it is with Scrabble: sometimes you get stuck on a word and look around for something else to do. Went to my M&E RSS subscription on the toolbar to see if there was a new entry and SAW THE TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's JUST AWESOME!

Promise to self: will not skulk around front yard waiting for postie this week (much).

BOYFRIEND HAT!!!

Undertaking to M&E: photo montage for blog will be created.

Very glad Mr M&E has large head - there's a lot of that going around.

Mr M&E: Dude, I totally understand your covetousness. It's the boyfriend hat and it's in light blue.

BOYFRIEND HAT!!!

Today's word verification is

reticas: (vb) to quietly but excitedly yell with joy when you find out someone has made you a boyfriend hat.

RETICAS!


***LOG ENTRY ENDS NOW***

Tracy said...

Oh I am so happy now, I was worried I wasn't going to get the "Angus" moment. Can we have Chapter 2 now please? Nice hat and nice gesture too.

mrs smith said...

Beautiful work as always. Your blog header is divine.
I can see why you made Angus from Northcote a hat. He really has a certain pedantic charm.

Becky said...

I wish I had an Angus commenting on my blog, but given my lack of skill in both grammatical use and spelling it might be a bit much for him (or someone of his ilk)...

Great hat! Don't let Mr myrtle&eunice do the post run ;)

Michelle said...

Classic! Very impressed that Angus commented too. Hope you manage to get the hat past the Mr and off in the mail.

Tanya said...

Oh Geez, a stalker- how bloody fantastic! AND (at the start of the sentence and in capitals), his name is Angus, even jolly better.
What if I tell you I want something lovely from your sticks too? Hit you with a big sob story. I don't think it would cut it because I am not 'bloody Angus from bloody Northcote'!
By the way Angus, good stalker work.

Tina said...

Oh my!! I read the post this morning and have now come back for the wrap up. What a lovely, funny, heartwarming interchange of post and comments. Does Angus have a blog we can all stalk? I want to see his picture with the hat on.

In the U.S. your Mr. M and E would be a hunk not spunk. We reserve that word for something else entirely :).

Tina

beccasauras said...

If there's a single spunky Angus out there, send him my way, i'll knit him a hat (over coffee) heehee

Tanya said...

Beck- that is funny.
Yeah, I agree- where is Angus' blog?!!
I am going to chuckle all day about this shenanigans! xx

CurlyPops said...

I was waiting all day long for Angus to make an appearance. I'm so glad he didn't let us down!

Tas said...

I am so glad Angus touched base and sounded so happy too. Must have made his rude awakening at 5am worthwhile. Now the question is- have you gotten it away from the man of the house?

Mel said...

Angus in Northcote is very funny but can I just say that Mr M&E is a RIGHT SPUNK!

Ahem.


Now had I realised that I too could have received knitwear given the right amount of persistent annoyance I would've started months ago!

Wurm hat please.

nikkishell said...

Mr M&E must be getting a big head with all these compliments but i must agree with them all, he is a spunk!

Oh and great hat btw ;)

Anonymous said...

As a current editor, I'd like to take the opportunity to back June at Noon right up on the but/and business. Those who feel the need to correct the grammar and usage of others (who aren't their own offspring, say, and even then it can be questionable...)really, really need to be extra specially careful that their own grammar and usage are above reproach. And they never are.

In other news: Not being Australian, I'd never heard the word "spunk" used this way before (if someone here "has spunk," it means they have spirit). But the Mr. is clearly very much what we Americans would call "easy on the eyes," so the picture and comments all come together like a very handy dictionary definition. Amusing.

(And yeah, I did go out of my way to begin sentences with AND and BUT in this here comment. You bet I did.)

:-) Amy

heather said...

i was just wishing i could see a picture of your mr! how fun i got my wish!!! he is so handsome, tania. i like his preferred style of hat. he knows.

Panda said...

But what readers really want to know is how did you get Richard Gere to pose in your hat?

.girl ferment. said...

and this cushion is a goodie!

you and + i must start a one hit wonder club, as i was just thinking yesterday "geez it would be nice if i ever made something twice to utilise all these frustrating lessons i learn in making the first"

xx

prashant said...

Nice hat.
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