When bad news sweeps in like the north wind, what is a knitter to do? Focus the mind and the hands on something constructive.
Last week, I picked up the pattern and the yarn for Fruktträdgård, Swedish for orchard. My average running time on most knitting projects is around a year, give or take a couple months, but I knocked this one out in record time.
Perhaps it was my enthusiasm brimming over as I moved from the ribbing to the pattern stitches that caused me to misread the instructions. I knit until the skein ran out on needles that were two sizes too large. Since this luxury yarn (baby alpaca, silk, camel and cashmere) was chosen for its ultra softness with a specific person in mind, I frogged the hat back to the ribbing to knit it a second time on the correct needles. Unfortunately, I still ran out of yarn before finishing the pattern as written.
The only yarn in my stash that was a similar fiber content and weight was white, so I knit up the crown with the intentions of crocheting a row of white around the cast-on edge for balance. My daughter snatched it as soon as I had it off the needles, wearing it proudly to soccer practice where she was sure to run into friends. Only after agreeing to knit another for her, did she give it up.
It is the perfect slouchy tam for anyone with thick hair. However, the intended recipient will soon have no hair. After consulting a friend who knit the same pattern with a similar intention, she suggested pulling back several pattern repeats to make the hat more form fitting, which would also use less yarn.
My third try was the charm. There was yarn to spare and the hat now has a slimmer fit.
I sent the hat off in the mail today with the hope that it bathes the recipient in warmth and love.