I’m doing the thing that we said to do: I’m knitting a pattern until it’s burned into my memory like a hand-clapping song from grade school. Downtown, baby, downtown, a rollercoaster!
The pattern: the Stranded Diamonds Hat by Thea Colman, from MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making.
I started out thinking, I’ll just knit the 12-month size. That’ll take no time at all, and I can get back to my regularly scheduled knitting, aka a sweater for me.
The 12-month size hat did take no time at all. It also left me with a lot of leftover yarn and a question: could I get a second hat out of my allotted two skeins of Shalimar Enzo Aran?
Midway through hat no. 2, in the largest size, my two colors (Sand Dollar/cream and Water Chestnut/brown) made me think of sock monkeys. If I put red pom poms on my hats, they would call to mind sock monkeys, which would be amusing to me. And if I used a third yarn for the pom poms, I might be able to get a third hat out of my 2 skeins.
(I just watched a refresher video on how to make a pom pom on my Loome Tool. Thank you, Vilasinee!)
So that’s where I’m at, on hat no. 3. Despite my dwindling yarn supply, I’m making it in the largest size, because I know a little family with 2 adults and one pumpkin-headed baby, and I think they would be open to wearing sock monkey hats.
(Hey, look–I unwittingly demonstrated Fair Isle color dominance.)
I hope I make it! Already scheming a solution if I run out of yarn at the crown. I’ll just finish the top of the crown with the red. (The red yarn is random unlabeled yarn from my stash. If I were using the dreamy, stitch-defining Shalimar Yarns Enzo Aran for the pom poms, I’d go with Shrimp Kiss, for a faded, vintage sock monkey look.)
The pattern is not quite burned into my memory. I still need the chart for the 10-stitch colorwork pattern, and a little review when I get to the decreases at the crown.
Shimmy shimmy coco pop!
P.S. I’ve got a lover—a biscuit! (I swear that’s the way the song went. What this did for the developing juvenile brain, I don’t know, but I remember it as being very powerful. I also remember jumping rope to it instead of clapping hands, but maybe I was just lonesome.)