This is another version of the cool cowl that Katniss was wearing in Catching Fire. Of all the versions I’ve seen, I think I prefer this one: http://kathatravelling.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/katniss-cowl-tutorial/. Have fun.
I had a good quick read finding out that hats will be the new IT for next year! For those of you who will be working the craft fair scene this is good info.
On the other hand, I finally finished my sweater. After all the anxiety, the hair-pulling frustration of an oddly written pattern and plain old time and energy spent on this one project, it came out way too big even for the oversized fit I was expecting. I had to think carefully about what went wrong, and it wasn’t long before I realized that between a pattern of a beautiful sweater written by a novice and my well-meaning-ed modifications, the project was doomed. Well, not doomed. All but one of my alterations was actually good for me. What brought my hard work to a marginal product was the size of needles I used. The author called for such small needles to work worsted wool and my propensity for slightly tight tension led me to believe it would be wiser to use larger needles for the same results. The gauge swatch was close enough, so I carried on. Obviously, not close enough when applied to a much larger area of finished fabric. Oh, well. I’m throwing pics of my finished behemoth and the link to the pattern. I would advise using finer gauged yarn than she recommends!
I was so pleased with how quick and easy this beret was to make! It was hardly what I would call a project it went so fast, even when I had to restart because I got twisted in the round. Now that I have finished this, I hope I have enough yarn to make some cabled finger-less mittens. This particular yarn has been used for several different items and it keeps on going. I didn’t have a color pattern in mind when I started; just kind of changed when I felt like it was time. It’s organic cotton and probably not the best fiber for a hat, but there you have it.
I have attached the link to purchase the pattern; alas, it’s not a freebie, but well worth the small investment!
I like to think I’m fairly serious with my fiber arts, but this person takes that to a whole new level. I adore the concept of color swatches, but the reality of cost and time involved makes this just that for me…a great concept! This looks like a tool a professional designer would use. For those of you deadly serious about color matching, or even just a little curious, I recommend perusing this article. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!