Yes, Mother's Day was a while ago I know, but the finishing of the gifts just happened so I am including them in today's post. My mom requested a purple and green hat to wear with her sage coat that she wears in the Fall and Spring. She's a very matchy/matchy sort of person and all accessories must match her many coats. This is fine by me as there is always something to make for her to fulfill this need.
First, we glued ourselves to Etsy to find some hand spun yarn (I had made her a previous hat from hand spun yarn and she is now hooked) in the colors she wanted. Etsy did not disappoint and we were able to find this colorway called "Clover" from Moondogswife. It was a seductive blend of merino and silk - so incredibly soft! Into the cart it went.
Next, we headed on over to Ravelry to find an appropriate pattern for the fingering weight yarn. Hands down we both loved Bellefleur by Wooly Wormhead. Beret styles are great if you tend to wear your long hair up like my mother; as there is ample room for your "bun" or 'twist" without your hair getting squashed flat.
This pattern was very well written and was clear and concise. That said, it was a difficult pattern for me and required ALL of my concentration. There were many frogging moments when my mind wandered and I made mistakes. I believe this was exacerbated by the multi colored yarn as it was hard to see where you were in the pattern, but this was what my mom asked for so I plugged away. Actually, I became a bit obsessed with the hat and wouldn't touch any other knitting until I finished it (this is not at all like the normal me who jumps from project to project.) When it was finally completed I must say I was mighty proud. Below is my mom wearing minutes after I was finished.
I choose not to block it as my mother was perfectly content with how it was, and I didn't want to tempt fate and have it stretch out of shape. My favorite element of the hat is the baby cable that works it's way from the ribbing all the way to the center. So sweet. My mother being a gardener likes the leaf motif the best.
There was still a fair amount of yarn left, and as I hate to let yarn bits just sit around I decided to make what I like to call a scarflette. A scarflette is a narrow scarf that usually only makes it around your neck to tie once much like they wore scarves in the 1950's. This one actually came out longer then I was anticipating making it around her neck twice. The pattern was simply a one row pattern I made up.
It came out rather pretty even if I do say so myself.
Now, onto my Gratitude List for the week:
1) The cooler weather we are experiencing in Minnesota after a truly ferocious July. I can finally walk our black lab Easy without her panting like she's going to die.
2) My online homeschooling community which keeps me updated on all the great classes and events I can take Sam to this Fall.
3) My feet. Yes, I love my feet. There I've said it - phew that's a load off my mind :) I love the way they look, how they get me places and how they are so flexible after all these years. I repay them daily by giving them Birkenstocks to wear. Not the most attractive shoe out there but my feet adore them even more than bare feet.
What are you grateful for this week? Please share. I'd love to here them!