i need a hat. no biggie, right?
i have a horrible time getting the right hat for my head, whether i use someone else’s pattern or make up my own. it’s the depth. i have a very small head. well, it’s the curcumference too; don’t get me wrong—my head is tiny all over. oh, and don’t forget the hair thing—most hats also slide right off my fine hair.
so, i need something that will A) fit and B) stay on and C) look like it belongs on a grown woman’s head—that is to say, stylish—not so easy if one is fulfilling the first two requirements. the list of hat styles that look bad on my head is practically endless, and includes just about all the classics. each year i attack the situation with revewed vigor, and each year i give up, having failed to come up with anything that really works.
and now it’s cold again. i mean really cold. i need a hat.
my newest idea is to try a no-longer-than-shoulder-length stocking cap. not so long that it would be pulled off by its own weight, but just long enough to add some visual weight and height to the cephalic area. maybe even just chin-length. maybe even with color-stranding . . . we’ll see.
ok, i just had to get that out about the hat. i thought about it all weekend while i worked, and i was afraid that if i didn’t talk about it now, i would go find some yarn and start one right this minute.
which i do not need to do right now. i do not need any more distractions. i can wait a couple of days for the hat. i think i can anyhow . . .
i’m afraid my weekend knitting was limited to socks—both days i didn’t even start knitting til well after midnight, and then felt too wired/too tired to work on anything precious.
(i know this looks like the same picture i’ve been showing you for weeks, but i swear, i started this sock saturday night.)
and besides today is recharge-my-batteries-and-catch-up day (and seemingly also using-long-hyphenated-phrases day). i had classes to teach, but also got to knit while i did that. then i came home and got some bookwork out of the way (i.e., i called the bank to set up one little password for an account i opened saturday and it took three calls and over an hour to get one that worked).
i knit on the starlight wrap for a couple of hours today, which i’ll show you tomorrow because it was too dark for a photo by then.
and time to eat
(short break while david and i devour some pasta con il cavolfiore)
ok, i’m back. have i mentioned that i love cauliflower? and why? it’s rather light on flavor, and yet, i crave the stuff. hmm—maybe it’s the anchovies, hot pepper flakes, and parmigiano that go with it.
i’ll tell you what i DID do after work this weekend—spinning. it soothes my soul, and does not strain my eyes at all. i just use my hands and my ears (to listen to a book). it’s ni-i-i-ice.
friday night i finished spinning my gray romney and i plied the pink-and-gray twist yarn. after a washing on sunday, it looks like this
i’m diggin’ it. and can i say; yarn dries SO much faster in january than july . . .
saturday i knitted, only i can’t remember right now what i knitted . . .
then sunday night i worked SO late that all i felt like doing was some predrafting. totally mindless, but you end up with pretty-looking stuff like this
i did a bunch of it, too—i had several bags of dyed roving from my friend deb.
this stuff is not included in her product line or anything; just something she toyed with a while back and sent me to try.
it’s nice soft roving which feels like pretty high-quality merino to me, though i think deb told me it was mixed 54s wool. the colors are her usual genius—close tones of red/rust/plum? in one, and blue/purple/pink in the other.
even though it was already 2am by the time i finished predrafting, i wanted to try spinning some.
it took me a while to adjust to it—it truly spins like buttah and i had a hard time controlling what was happening at first, after working with the tackier romney fiber only the day or so before. this should make a gorgeous yarn—a rich periwinkle-with-streaks (really, i AM sorry about all these hyphenated phrases, i keep thinking i’m done, but then another one pops out!),
one thing i did work on (and i know dave will be happy about this) is my desk sock. while my docs relinked, and while i made PDFs, i picked it up and knit a needleful here and there. then today i realized the darn thing was a good three inches longer.
too bad it wasn’t a hat . . . .