Today's post will be in reverse order from prior posts concerning out visit to Europe. I just couldn't resist the title.
When I last wrote about our trip, we were in Cologne. For New Year's, however, we went over to Prague.
Mmmm, mmm. I first visited Prague three years ago, and at the time I thought "Everybody has to go to Prague." I felt the same way this visit, too. Everybody needs to go to Prague! Quick, make those travel plans. I'll wait.
Done? Good. Being in Prague means that I can officially unveil my next-to-last 2007 FO:
Ta dah! If you remember, this was the hat that I started just before Christmas. I finished it "easily" before I left the US. If, by easily, you mean "reknit the top three times." Yep. Three times. The first time I knit the pattern "as written" (if, by "as written", you mean "adjusted for a different gauge). And upon finishing it I thought that it was much too short. It didn't reach my ears.
Okaaaaay, so I needed to frog back and add about an inch. Frog, frog, knit (is this now too long?), knit. And guess what? It was too long. Way too long. Grrrr. So, frog, frog, knit, knit. And, guess what? The second time that I knit the pattern the way I was directed to knit the pattern it fit pretty well. [Don't ask why, I don't know.] I admit that the photo makes the hat look a wee too long, but I think that my scarf was pushing it up from the back and pushing the brim slightly too far down.
Pattern: The beret pattern was free from The Point, when I purchased yarn.
Yarn: Twinkle, Soft Chunky, colorway Urchin. One hank.
Needles: US15s, DPNs.
What I changed: I adjusted the pattern for a different gauge. Other than that, nothing.
Would I knit this again: Yes. I like the chunky appearance and easy shaping of this beret. It avoids the "hat head" I so dread this time of year.
Moving on to 2008, here's the latest on Marie's socks.
Not only am I perfecting my magic loop, I'm also learning a great new way to knit short-row heels. Or, rather, I'm learning this technique again, and this time the correct way. I thought I knew how to do this, but apparently I did not. This might explain why I found this technique fiddly the first time that I used it, and overall I saw it as only a slight improvement on the backwards-YO method.
But if you use this technique correctly (as I now am) it's a HUGE improvement over what I was doing before.
Lovin' this pattern! Whoo!