My days have been so busy getting ready for tomorrow's Road Trip to the Bath Christmas Market that I've not really had a chance to plan what knitting will be going with me in the coach! I'll have to think of something though, as last weekend I put the finishing touches on a hat I started almost at the very beginning of the year: Selbu Modern.
With all the Christmas crazy happening all around already, it's nice to have the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing a project - however small!
This is a popular, free pattern on Ravelry and one that I've been attracted to since the first moment I saw a fellow knitter wearing it. It's meant to be a somewhat slouchy beret, although I was a bit tight with my gauge, resulting in a smaller hat in spite of wet blocking over a plate!
The pattern is clearly written, and the design is carefully thought out through the decreases in the crown to carry the design to completion. The yarn I used is Koigu KPM (or Koigu Premium Merino) and has a pretty tight twist.
The yarn and pattern were a kit I purchases at the KW Knitter's Fair right before I moved to the UK and I was thrilled with the idea of the green setting off nicely with my green winter coat. I'd be tempted to knit it again though with a slightly loftier yarn to try and get a little more if a slouchy hat.
As for why it took me so long to finish? Well on Episode 2 of the Yarn in the City podcast, Rachel and I had a brief conversation about "the right tool for the right job". Frankly, I was knitting magic loop with a needle that had a too short cable, and even switching to DPNs the ones I had were too short and I kept losing stitches off the end. It was a frustrating knit and I ended up parking it when the weather got warmer. Why knit if you're not enjoying it?
I was determined to finish though, and bought a new needle at my LYS, Loop. They had the new Addi Sock Rockets so it gave me an opportunity to try them out. Wow! Obviously it make a huge difference having a cable the right length, but the smooth finish on the Sock Rockets is amazing. Happily, the size needle I purchased is one that can be employed again for knitting socks. Maybe it will make me a faster sock knitter?