One year, one book - one project finished

Okay, it's done. Better late than never, right? Oh, the drama...!

Since I'm still new to the whole knitting thing, and learning more as I go, I wasn't entirely aware that there are times when you don't need to wash and block projects when you're done if they don't need to be, or that some natural fibres behave differently than others. Makes sense, right?

So there I am earlier this week. I *finally* finished knitting my Olympic knitting while watching the Oscars and was so thrilled, that I stayed up until around 1am to wash it, lay it out to dry, etc.

The *second* the knitting hit the water, it started to *expand*. Let's not forget I was already knitting it in the largest size...

Needless to say, my first instinct was to try not to panic too much. I figured my LYS could help me with some recommendations on how to salvage it. The panicking was coming from the fact that I knew they were closed on Monday...

Anyway, I ranted on Rav and then headed to the Purl on Tuesday for knit night where, unfortunately, they weren't able to help me beyond suggesting I use knitter's elastic in the brim to help make it less stretched out. Luckily, a fellow knitter there had some and I managed to try it out last night with modest success. Many thanks to Alison (aka coilycurly on Ravelry) who gave me her knitter's elastic.

One of the great recos that the Purple Purl did make though, was to read The Knitters Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. I already had it but hadn't had a chance to dive it yet. Didn't buy it so much for the project as for the information about various yarn and fibres in general, which was why they recommended it. Apparently I'll come away with a much better understanding of why different fibres react the way they do when knit. Now I'm *really* looking forward to reading this book!

It's not as great as I feel it was before it stretched out, but it has been salvaged enough for me to be okay with it to the point where I'm no longer ready to rip it back and start reknitting it, so I'm no longer as disappointed as I was initially. Luckily the style of hat is a beret, so it's meant to be pretty floppy too as the laceweight yarn is very light and floofy. I think if I knit this again I'll definitely use something with a little more substance, maybe a dk weight?

But, kudos to me... in the one-year-one-book-miko-challenge, this is the first project I've finished! Only 9 more to go...! And hey, it *was* my first lace attempt!

Oh, and here's a pic of the back: