WIPWed #107: Hat Land

Both of my active WIPs at the moment are hats, and I kind of love it. It’s easy to forget how delightfully quick and deliciously simple hats are to knit, even the ones with a bit of patterning. There were years when I knit hat after hat after hat for holiday gifts, as they really make perfect gifts. This year, I feel like knitting hat after hat after hat for me. #selfishknitter

Norby & Pease:

WIPWed 107: Hat Land | Woolen Diversions

Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Sweatshirt and Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Sock in Pease. Click for project page.

Even though Katy’s idea was a grand one, I decided to just stick with repeating the lightest color in the gradient to solve my dilemma. I think if I incorporate a couple of rows of the color into the crown decreases, too, it’ll look totally intentional. I’m glad I didn’t rip all the way back to the brim, but I’m having a wee bit of nervousness that the hat might be too tight. I removed a repeat of stitches because the brim seemed huge when I originally cast on, and I fear that I might in fact regret that. Only time and a good blocking will tell…

Antlers for Dad:

WIPWed #107: Hat Land

Madelinetosh Vintage, colorway Charcoal. Click for project page.

My dad is not very big on knitwear. He’s always hot, perpetually wears short sleeves, and would totally feel like he was being choked if he wore a scarf or a cowl, he cannot even handle crew-necked shirts. He’s missing some hair up top, though, so he does wear the one hat I knit for him 5 years ago. Recently he mentioned in an offhand way, “You know, I could use another hat”, so another hat he is getting. The problem is that I’m trying to hurry up and finish ASAP since his birthday is Friday and I think it would make a nice surprise. The pattern is Antler Hat by TinCanKnits and the yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in Charcoal. Would you believe this is only my second time using a Madelinetosh yarn, and my first time using this worsted weight Merino? I LOVE IT. It’s such a nice base! I wasn’t super duper impressed with the sock yarn I’ve used in the past (I like a bouncy 3-ply for socks, theirs is a standard, drapey 2-ply) but this base is really nice. I’m hoping the hat blocks out a bit as I’ve also become worried that it’s going to be too small… stupid cables pulling in the fabric. We’ll see, my dad’s head is pretty small, so it could all work out fine.

Other hat patterns I’m deluding myself that I will knit soon (a.k.a. lusting after):

So many hats, so little time, amIright?!

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Current reading.

As for reading, I’m enjoying Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. I like these memoir-style stories about motherhood and parenting in general. I think there’s a lot to be learned from other people’s experiences and styles of thinking, even if it’s learning what not to do or how not to be a neurotic mess. Whenever I become a parent, I feel like it’ll be these kinds of personal stories that will prove more useful and comforting than trying to follow a specific school of thought on parenting styles. Do you have any favorite books on motherhood or parenting that you found particularly enlightening?

Linking up with Yarnalong and Stitch Along Wednesday.

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9 thoughts on “WIPWed #107: Hat Land

  1. Both your hats are stunning. I haven’t read that book yet ( waiting to see of someone brings it to my book club/exchange) I’m a welsh lass married to a frenchie bringing up my kids in France and I can definitely see the difference in parenting methods between my own, my french friends/family and my north american friends!! Two books I quite liked were Unconditional Parenting and Last Child in The Woods, but I agree with you that personal stories are more useful than religiously sticking to one school of thought.

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    • Thanks for the book recs! My husband is a science teacher and he read ‘Last Child in the Woods’ and highly recommends it, too, I should check it out. It’s interesting to hear that you see differences as well!

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  2. Oooh, that MadTosh looks so incredibly soft and squishy and amazing. I have one skein of MadTosh Prairie that I can’t bring myself to knit anything with because it’s just so perfect that I don’t think any pattern could ever do it justice. I’m weird like that. 😉

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  3. I love both hats, they are looking fab! the garter colour stripe on the top one is so pretty, and I love antler cables. I have Bringing Up Bebe and I think it’s a great book to show more about how there are multiple ways to parent well, but parenting ends up being very cultural. My husband’s family is british and his sisters don’t let their kids snack at all, whereas I have no problem handing my kid a banana or some goldfish cracker sif she asks for them and dinner is still more than 45 mins away. But giving kids snacks is apparently a very north american thing to do!

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    • Yeah, I can believe that between-meal snacking is a much more north american thing. For some kids I’m sure that’s fine, but for others with slow metabolisms and weight issues from a young age (like myself), it’s likely not ideal. I cringe every time I watch a home video of me as a toddler, I’m always eating cookies or ice cream! (Obviously, the health of the snack matters, too.)

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