The hat thing hasn't lifted yet although it is starting to slow down, I think. That's because I'm almost finished with the first skein of red merino so I can start swatching for my Bohus sweater. But while I"m at it...
I had some gray alpaca left over from the hat for my friend's aunt and I had some blue left over from my blue hat.
Then, for something different, I decided I would make a hat from the Entre to Entrelac book by Gwen Bortner. She's got some cool stuff in the book which I think is worth the effort to understand the patterns and techniques. It is an effort to follow the shorthand used and you will need to refer to 2 or 3 sections of the book at once so keep some sticky notes handy so you don't lose your place but what you get out of it will entertain, intrigue and delight you.
For me, it was the hat pattern that I wanted to try.
For the first part of the hat, I used each of the yarns double since it was such a large needle size (for me - US size 7). I don't like it and wish I hadn't done it but by the time I'd decided that, it was too late and I wasn't up for undoing it. So for the entrelac section, although I used the basics of the pattern in the book, I did my own thing and did it with single strands. The pattern called for decreasing stitches down to make six entrelac panels. I didn't decrease; I made eight. The pattern called for just 3 sections, I made 4, repeating the brown for the final section.
I think this is a hugely creative use of entrelac and I will definitely want to do this hat again. Next time, though, I may just go for a solid color all the way through. I think first, though, I need to hit the fiber stash and spin a little more because I've used up almost all my handspun. Mon Dieu, what shall I do?
I know, next Saturday is Bishop Hill Spin-In. Maybe I need some more fiber....