there is a beast that cannot be tamed

and it’s a hat-making beast. i had forgotten how quick and instant gratification hats were! and i was at the enchanted unicorn (um, hi. i’m even a girl and that name makes me want to barf) and saw a whole bunch of rowan yarns. and that reminded me that i wanted to make a shedir hat out of some rowan calmer.

they didn’t have calmer so i got the debbie bliss cashmerino DK, because having never used calmer before, i decided it was a DK weight yarn for no real reason. and i’d been wanting to make a shedir from the breast cancer knitty issue. and i am a whore for the softness of yarn, which cashmerino is very softness of yarn… ohhh… it’s sooo soft…

so i bought some – i hadn’t looked at the pattern in probably a year, and had no idea how much DK yarn it takes to make a hat – so i bought 3 in a nice sea foamy-sagey green color, and without even looking at gauge, cast on for shedir. after the first 9 rounds of ribbing, i decided to look at the gauge, because um, hi, even my gigantor head isn’t that big. anyhow, i omitted2 pattern repeats and started again. it took exactly one ball of the cashmerino to make the hat (i had about 1/2 yard left over). and it’s actually too small for my gigantor head, so i’m looking for a home for it (i’ve already got a home in mind, so unless there are promises of money and/or glory, sorry!)

shedir 003

and for you specs junkies,

jenna wilson’s shedir (link above)
yarn: DB cashmerino DK
needles: inox prym 40″ 3.25mm (US3)
date started: january 9, 2007
date finished: january 11, 2007
pattern mods: um, different weight yarn, so i cast on 96 stitches, omitting 2 pattern repeats in the circumference. i also only repeated rows 13-20 four times instead of five.


4 responses to “there is a beast that cannot be tamed

  1. When I first read this, I did not read “hat-making beast.” Rather I saw an “r” in beast which made it much more humorous, and picqued my curiosity – what would one look like?

    It’s the morning.

  2. a hat-marking beast sort of looks like a hippo, but with feathers.

  3. that is the coolest hat ever. I’m impressed…I’ll take two. Thanks :)

  4. and yes, i am a knitting nerd in that i’m wearing a handknit sweater in the picture where i’m displaying my handknit hat.

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