FO Friday: First Finish of 2014

When I was putting together the collage of all my finishes in 2013 I realised I'd never posted about the awesome Take Heart toque I knit from Issue 7 of Pom Pom Quarterly. Perhaps another time? I'm too excited with the fact that I already have a project hot off the needles in 2014, what I'm calling a Boyish Toque:

Pattern: Phildar Issue No. 60 (all men's patterns - French magazine purchased on my last visit to Paris) Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma in charcoal and ruby Yardage: Approximately 75 yards Click the photo to go to my Ravelry project notes.

Pattern: Phildar Issue No. 60 (all men's patterns - French magazine purchased on my last visit to Paris)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Paloma in charcoal and ruby
Yardage: Approximately 75 yards
Click the photo to go to my Ravelry project notes.

The toque was originally meant for my DH for Christmas, but as you can see, there's no way it's going to fit an adult! In fact, a little blocking will be in order to see if I can't get this stretched out a little bigger for Mr. H. And in retrospect, I'm not sure what Jordan would have thought of the little elfin point to the top of the hat anyway!

Boyish toque - rear view.jpg

The Debbie Bliss Paloma yarn is a 60% alpaca, 40% merino mix and spun and processed to a light, airy, super bulky chainette. It was lovely to work with, but even with 6mm and 7mm needles, I'm surprised it came out so tiny - especially as the pattern called for bulky, not super bulky yarn.

I love the way Mr. H's ears stick out from under this hat - such an imp!

I love the way Mr. H's ears stick out from under this hat - such an imp!

The only modification I made to the pattern was to cut out two stitches and knit it in the round. Yes, weirdly the pattern was written for the hat to be knit flat and then seamed. Is this a French colourwork thing? Maybe someone can let me know in the comments.

Ready to take on 2014!

Ready to take on 2014!

I enjoyed the colourwork though - it's been a while! But it's now making me think I need to make a colourwork hat for myself. I happen to have something in the stash that would be perfect. Uh-oh. New Year and start-itis already seems to have me in it's grip...

La fête des mères

Things are almost back to normal around here in this weird, in-between week. Mr. H was on a mini half-term here the last two days following the bank holiday but returned to school today. He will be at school tomorrow as well while the rest of England continues with their half term until next Monday. Not sure if this is because he gets off school earlier than the rest of the country or perhaps because he normally has a two week half-term when everyone else has only one week? Whatever the case, it's certainly been very nice to have extra time with my wee man!

My present from Mr. H in honour of Mother's Day in France!

My present from Mr. H in honour of Mother's Day in France!

On Sunday we celebrated our third Mother's Day in the UK. March saw the first other's Day with the UK version. Then May was the Canadian/US version. Since Mr. H goes to a French school and this past Sunday was Mother's Day in France - these very special treats came home with him from school last Friday! (We did have to tell him on Saturday morning that it wasn't Sunday yet when he tried to get me to open the present!)

Too pretty to cook with but plenty of colour to brighten up the kitchen!

Too pretty to cook with but plenty of colour to brighten up the kitchen!

The teacher also sent an email home on Friday telling us to have the kids recite the poésie they learned that accompanied the gift:

Simplement

J'ai cherché dans les poèmes
Comment dire je t'aime
J'ai trouvé des mots savants
Bien trop longs pour mes cinq ans.

Alors, j'ai cherché ailleurs
Et j'ai trouvé dans mon coeur
Les mots que tu m'as appris
Quand j'étais encore petit

Maman, je t'aime, grand comme ça !
Je te dis avec mes bras.

Mr. H was brilliant. I wish I'd thought to get it on video but my heart was too busy exploding from happiness and pride at my little guy.