Finally! The project that would not end, the project that repeatedly and inexplicably kept kicking my ass, the project that seemed like it should be such a breeze, is finished! It's gone home with it's new owner, and she's thrilled with it, which makes my joy at NEVER HAVING TO KNIT IT AGAIN that much greater.
Here it is, in all it's completed glory:
I knit it in Bernat(??) Soft Boucle, and might I recommend this yarn to NO ONE. It's a pain. A big, nasty pain to knit with. BUT, and I hate to admit it, it does make a very soft fabric, so it isn't like it's a total waste space. It's nearly impossible to tell one stitch from another, and which stitches have been increased, decreased, knit or purled is also totally invisible. But it's soft and fuzzy, which a valuable qualities for a winter hat.
Yes, those are giant hot pink pom poms hanging from the chin ties. They are made out of Bernat Softee Chunky. Maybe not the best yarn for pompom making, but after judicious trimming, they are nice and dense, the way pompoms should be.
The hat is a great fit (hey, look at that, gauge helped!) and Heather seems quite happy with it. See how happy she is?
Isn't it ridiculous how much trouble I had with that crazy hat? Seriously, I question my intelligence sometimes.
Hmmm, what else is new... Music is a pretty major theme, right now, and for the next four months or so. Opera rehearsals began this week. I met my Papageno - he's like 6'4 (I'm 5'2), which I think should make for an interesting duet, considering we have a little argument in the middle. I envision us going toe-to-toe; I think it will be funny, and since it's a funny opera, funny is good. My friend Mike has included Hubs and I and our collective friend Pete in a coffeehouse gig he has on February 9, so we're all gathering and practicing up for that. Good times should be had, I believe. And I'm starting to think more seriously about doing a concert of my own, and trying to market myself a little to the wedding planning crowd. Here's hoping!
To conclude a random pic of Wembley, doing what she does best: being adorable.
This was her favourite spot for chilling out during the Holidays: under the Christmas tree like the little gift she is