As this is nominally a knitting blog I thought it was probably time I included a little bit of knitting. One of the ways that the online knitting entertains itself is to organise occasional mystery pattern knitalongs. These consist of a designer issuing a pattern in instalments with the participants knitting each instalment without knowing what the finished article is going to look like.This is something of an act of faith so it helps if the designer concerned has a good track record.
The name of Ruth Paisley, aka Woolly Wormhead is synonymous with good quality hat designs so when she announced her annual Mystery Hat Knitalong it was hard to resist. I need to mention at this point that if anyone is participating and doesn't want to see spoilers (ie photos of a finished clue) please don't scroll down further.
And here is Clue 1, the brim completed. I had never knit with Gotland before and having once unsuccessfully tried to spin it I was worried that it would have too much of a hairy halo but in fact knitted up very nicely. It doesn't have as much bounce as a merino so I knitted the largest size to ensure a fit.
There was one other thing that persuaded me to join this Knitalong - the need for a button to sit on the brim overlap. Now as knitters we often discuss the size of our yarn stashes but many of us have little 'sub stashes' of related items of haberdashery. Some people have fine collections of beads. Some of us have a weakness for buttons so it was a real pleasure to rummage through my button tin in search of the perfect button. The trouble is, sometimes it's a bit difficult to choose.
I have made a shortlist.
This is a hand painted wooden button.
This is Bakelite with a mother of pearl centre. It's hard to do it justice in a photograph.
Bakelite again. This is a really tactile button.
I think I will probably wait until the final shape of the hat is revealed before choosing my button but it has been a lot of fun. At the moment I'm leaning towards the brown and red wooden one. What do you think?