Generally speaking I am not on the cutting edge of the new patterns that come out. Occasionally I will finish something within a month or two of its release, but that is very rare. This hat is not an example of one of those rare occasions. “Shwook” came out in honor of the 2014 Shetland Wool Week event, so probably all the other Shwook knitters posted their goods long ago. Lately Ravelry has been filled with the new 2015 pattern, which is adorable and features sheep.
I am thinking now that I should have looked up what a shwook is before posting this. Any guesses?*
This hat is using overly-long-stashed yarn in colors that probably went out ten years ago. At one point, I had an online sale problem and purchased yarn willy-nilly with no project in mind. In time, with experience and a non-shrinking stash, my habits have changed. But this yarn was still hanging around: Rowanspun 4-ply, in Sugar, Stone, Squirrel, Temptation, and Turkish. The yarn was thinner than required, but the end result is a perfectly-fitting beanie.
I think this is only the second stranded hat I’ve completed. And it’s definitely the first time I’ve blocked with a dinner plate.
How do you like that? Makes the center cap portion look mighty fine, if I do say so myself!
More specs on my Ravelry project page.
I have almost 600 yards of yarn left (of around 810 total), so I’m now making a garter-stitch shawl that I’ll edge with feather-and-fan. I’m using the lighter colors for the main garter triangle, and the purples for the edging.
* OK, my curiosity got the better of me and I consulted The Google. If you want an answer before guessing, visit this link.