Thanks for all your comments to my post yesterday. Valley Fabrics is a really great shop--nice people and a nice experience. I forgot to ask, however, if anyone remembers the fabric store which existed in Thornes Marketplace for about a year. It was on the second floor. This would have been around 1993 or 1994. The store was quite lovely, but sold rather ordinary-looking cotton prints for something like $15 a yard. I wasn't surprised to see it go. I 'm curious to know if anyone remembers anything about this store.
While I was busy at home with finishing the Bee Stripe Sweater, I was busy on the subway knitting a hat.
I decided to begin a Bucket o' Chic with the cotton yarn I scooped up last month at Mass Sheep & Woolcraft.
As you know, I can never leave well enough alone with knitting patterns. I had ideas for Bonne Marie's masterpiece, and I quickly put them into practice.
First, I didn't want a stockinette hat. I didn't want someone to recognize immediately that I had knit this. So, I switched to garter stitch. Knitters will still know that the hat is a handknit, but this might fool some of the non-knitters in my life.
I got my gauge, adjusted the pattern and began to work.
My first attempt at the band was clearly too wide:
I frogged it.
Now, that's better.
I knit and knit, joined, and picked up stitches to make the brim. Two rounds in, I knew that something was wrong.
Please excuse the cross-eyed mirror shot. World Cup fever has struck hard in the Subway Knitter household and--as England had scored mere moments before this shot was taken--no one was available to serve as photographer.
I must ask: is this it? Where is the flair I expected to see in the band? This looks too much like a knitted tube for me to continue. I don't understand how one acheives the flaired band shown in the pattern photo from following the instructions in the pattern. Were my adjustments too much for the pattern to bear?
I have ideas for a different approach. You'll see them soon. For now, I must get going on those bee booties.