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.
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.
‘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.
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’.