On Tuesday I gave you a peep of my The Shetland Wool Week Baa-ble hat, half finished. I’d seen it popping up all over ravelry and various blogs for a while, before I knitted it. I loved it, but I had so much else on the go, I didn’t dare start a new project – especially fair isle, when I was attempting to clock up as many stitches as possible for NaKnitMO.
But as I wandered through Cowslip Workshops’ Christmas fair, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted Blacker Yarns’ irresistible bargain bin. In it was a blue yarn perfect for the hat. It hat to be fate. I hat to knit it.
Well, I say the yarn was perfect, but that is a small fib. The pattern is for Aran weight. The bargain bin was full of double knit. But what’s a ply or two when you’re getting a bargain?
Purchasing five balls for £15 meant a sixth would be thrown in free. So I bought three blue Falklands merino, two Gotland and one Bluefaced Leicester. With the addition of another cream ball from my stash and some oddments of black, I had two balls of each colour to knit together.
Knitting an aran pattern with two strands of DK meant I also needed to reduce the needle size. I hovered between downsizing to a 3.25 or a 3.75, but then discovered I didn’t have any 3.25 circulars, so went with the 3.75.
It took three evenings, plus a couple of hours at craft afternoon, to knit…
… and half an hour to make the bobble.
Then there was sewing up – doubled by using two strands of each yarn. Who said it was a good idea to use dk?
I’ve got enough yarn left over to knit another hat and a spare ball of the blue. So in total it cost £6.25.
I often feel, with hindsight, impulse decisions are bad move, but in this case, I’m really pleased I acted on impulse. Have you made anything on impulse lately?