Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Epic Knitting Failure or the 29th of February

First, I want to say that I am blogging today so I can have at least one blog post with the date of February 29th.  Like a lagniappe, we get this extra hours to enjoy one more day of the mildest Februaries I can remember.  And the forecast says tomorrow will be just as unseasonably warm.  I say bring on the strawberry spring, I can handle it.

Second, I am very tickled with the new look on my blog.  I am also impressed that I figured out how to change the format and give the fonts a fresher look. I am not very computer savvy so I was pleased it turned out so well.  Now if only I can figure out how to fix the broken flickr link, I will think I am a computer goddess.  As to the new look I hope you like it too. 

Third and lastly I have made an epic knitting failure and of course it was on a hate (my word for hats these days).  I have been working hard in the land hates trying to improve my knitting skills.  So when I found a slouchy beret pattern called Starving Artist by Laura Linneman on Ravelry I thought that looks kind of fun.  I even had some cotton chenille in a strawberry parfait color that I thought would look charming.  I hit a snag when I had a purl front back increase, I had no clue how to do it.  However youtube saved the day with a very good tutorial ( so onward I knitted thinking my problems were solved.

My mistake was the usual, I knit big.  I think because I am a queen size woman, everything I knit must be queen sized as well.  My head is actually very normal sized and I don't need to knit like I am knitting for a titan sized head.  This lesson had yet to be learned, it is now.  My starving artist is more like a gluttonous hack, fat and overdone. Sigh, I have only myself to blame.  I would rip it out, but using a cotton chenille makes that an effort in frustration.  In the end I have a beret that has a 15 inch diameter.  I think it looks more like a mushroom hat, than a slouchy beret.  In other words EPIC FAIL.  But I knit on and think, never, ever, super size your head again.


AmyS said...

Would it fit Steve's melon? He'd look great in Strawberry Parfait!

Tempest ina Pot of Tea said...

It has been suggested that I wash the hat in hot water to see if it will shrink. I will give it a try. If not maybe I can get my friend Steve to wear it.