Remember the story of the hat?
You know the one.
The olive-y-greeny one with cream marled fairisle stags?
The one that sat like a pimple on Youngest's head?
The one that had accompanied me on many a walk and to work?
I frogged it in frustration after the pimple on the head episode and wiped it from my memory.
Then, Youngest - in his most forthright manner asked if he was ever going to get his hat.
I relented, fished out the disgraced pile of curly alpaca yarn and tried again.
He wanted it for his three day DofE walking challenge.
Right, I had ten days to turn this around.
My heart and my knitting mojo just were not in it and I found that I was frogging more than knitting.
Dishearted, I put it aside.
I still had seven days before he needed it.
Then I had three.
Now it was Friday evening and he was setting off 2pm Sunday.
And his hat?
Well - still a pile of crinkly yarn.
I warned the family that I was about to knit like a dervish
at every opportunity.
So, armed with tea, a home made rusk (thanks mom) and plenty of determination.
I got to it.
I gave the fairisle look the heave-ho
and went with something I know I can do - the Graham
It was the pattern I did for Eldest's 'Iceland hat'
After all the faffing around I'd had with my previous attempts,
nothing like an imminent deadline
charges the knitting juices!
By Saturday afternoon - Youngest's hat was really taking shape
I woke up Sunday morning when Himself brought me a coffee in bed
and I added a few more rows.
It looked like I just might
(if I kept at it) I just might do it!
By midday, Youngest was all packed and ready
just as I was weaving in the last thread.
He whisked it out of my hands and unblocked - shoved it on his head.
Ta - phew - da!
We all bundled into the car, he in his hat
and me ?
Well quietly pleased
and greatly relieved!
Thank you all for your comments on my last post - I will get round to answering them this week - Eileen T I've not forgotten your request for my trailing stars - I'll find the link for you and let you have it this week x
Right - the weekend is over and Monday just around the corner - Hope you all have a happy week! xxx