Monday, September 20, 2010
A Frog, a Fish, and an Urchin...
...walk into a bar. No, park themselves on my patio for a chat?
Urchin is a fun pattern by the most adorable Ysolda Teague. It arrived on the scene in Knitty's First Fall 2007. I made it the moment that I finished clicking through the pattern selection for that issue. But, it was a disaster; nothing like the poetry modeled by the golden haired beauty in the pattern. I used a thick thin ivory that looked like a lumpy chef's hat after being bound off.
Hope springs eternal when another knitter shows you success in real life. Katy, fellow worker bee and teacher, just lead a class in this cute adventure through short row shaping and grafting. She has made it in a couple chunky yarns that look absolutely adorable. So, this morning, as I frogged something that I wanted to call the Good Morning cap (due to lacking yardage), this beret popped into my head. It works up so fast! Since I started around 9am and had it photographed by about 11:30 am, I can confident say that it takes just a couple hours. I even did the grafting as described in the pattern (rather than copping out with a 3 needle BO).
The collage is to illustrate that it is very hard to take a picture of yourself wearing a hat. (I used to be better at it, or at least more willing to work harder to achieve better results.