I’ve been a bad blogger. But I got tired of the “almost done” posts about the cowl. Truth is, it’s still almost done. Well, it’s knitted, and half sewn together. The Phil Eponge is *murder* to seam with. Nice to knit with though. But it keeps getting caught while seaming and tries my nerves. That coupled with freelance deadlines and a nervewracking coding project and I was just in no mood.
So, I put it down for a few days. And last Saturday, on a hot and sunny day, I took a walk over to Purl and picked up some cotton. I admit it, I was jealous of all the pretty summer buckets in Becky’s knitalong and I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a beachy hat? So, there I went. And there I bought. And now, less than a week later, despite other projects and too much, here is my Summer Bucket.
It was made with, believe it or not, Rowan 4 ply Cotton (the white and pink) and Rowan Cotton Glace (the blue and green). Yes, I know these yarns are insanely thin. But I wanted those colors and couldn’t find anything else suitable. So, the brim is knit 3 stranded and the rest of the hat doubled. And you know, it came out great. I also made the brim longer than called for and here’s a tip for a more beachy floppy hat – I knit it a size larger, and wove a strand of yarn under the purl row right above the brim, so I could pull it a little tighter and cinch the brim more, and you know, I love it. I might even try, if I ever knit another, doing decreases on the purl row which might have a similar effect.
So there you have it. I have family plans tomorrow and so will stay in tonight and seam the rest of the cowl – I’d love to wear it tomorrow since it’s supposed to be on the cool side. I might make it to the beach on Sunday, so will take my new hat. And I have to work on Monday, grrrrrrrr. But I hope everyone else has a great holiday weekend!