Seeing Red

I forgot to post about my finished holiday hat! Here’s a romantic picture taken by the light of my fluorescent desk lamp:

Hat in Codex, colorway Brangion

Not the best shot, but you get the point! This hat is wonderfully silky, drapey, and shiny. I credit that entirely to the yarn, Codex, a 52% silk, 48% BFL wool single that is just amazing. It is sadly going away, since it will not be carried by either of the new stores emerging from the demise of The Sanguine Gryphon, at least not at first. This made me panicky, so I stashed quite a few skeins over the last couple of months. Like this one:

Codex, colorway Murder Will Out

So pretty! The hat pattern I followed is here, but I made a few mods. It’s easy to modify because it is a very simple pattern of stockinette broken up by purl ridges in different places. The hat came out a tad bit loose and long (the pattern did not include great gauge information and nothing about the length), but I’m not going to do anything about it at the moment. I’m going to knit it again in a different color with some changes for a gift, and if I like those changes better I will consider tinking back on my hat and re-knitting some of it. A worsted weight hat that’s mostly plain stockinette goes pretty quickly, so no big deal.

Red is usually not my color. My wardrobe consists of a grand total of 3 red shirts, 2 of them are tee-shirts that I only wear to work out or sleep in. I tend to learn towards cool blues, greens, purples, and greys (like the yarn above). But I do like the deep maroon of the hat very much, it reminds me of garnet, which is my birthstone. And it matches one of my favorite shawls:

Aestlight shawl, in Bugga Cowkiller and Socks That Rock LW Sweet Pea

What I don’t understand, though, is why I have so many pairs of socks that involve warm colors. Why?! I like to coordinate my socks with my outfits (OCD much?) and that is difficult to do when most of my clothing consists of cool colors and 6 out of the 9 completed pairs involve warm ones. That’s 67%! And the Xmas Rocks socks I’m making now involve both red and pink. I better get cracking on some blue socks soon, methinks.

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