I sat down this morning and had the most wonderful time ripping out that hat. Really, I did. I drank my tea and ate a brownie and thoroughly enjoyed starting fresh with a new idea. No more cables - those didn't work out. (See? I didn't try the same thing twice. I'm learning from my mistakes). I decreased some stitches after the ribbing (yes, I removed some stitches from a hat that everyone already thinks is too small. I live on the wild side). And then I knit on my merry way.
Before I knew it I had a finished hat in my hands, and despite what others may have thought, the hat fits wonderfully. As I slipped this hat on in front of my bathroom mirror I silently thought to myself that I was in fact crowning myself King of the Universe. That's right, the Universe holds no power over me and this
While I was knitting this pattern all I could think was that it reminded me of windowpanes. As soon as I slipped it on and looked in the mirror, however, my immediate reaction was "turtle shell!" So this is now my Turtle Shell Hat, although it's not really mine because I'm sending it off to my friend along with Ptarmigan (another project named after an animal) because I owe her one.
This cowl was obnoxiously difficult to photograph. Well, I thought I had done a pretty good job until I actually loaded the photos onto my computer. At least you can tell that it's done - ends woven in and everything. I loved working with the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. It was so soft and drapey, I couldn't get enough of it. Blocking this cowl really helped the pattern show more clearly, but I felt that wet blocking it may have flattened the halo of the alpaca a bit. It looked a bit more lifeless after I blocked it than before.
I think it looks like butterflies. And really, who wouldn't want to slip this over their head to give their neck a bit more warmth and comfort?
I'd like to see what the Universe tries to throw at me next!