This latest knooking project almost met a sad fate but I rescued it. I was doing some online shopping and came across this hat, which I felt like I needed, but in brighter colors. So I got some yarn (for less than $28!) and picked this pattern, which is similar to the Boden hat but has an awesome little button tab. I knooked the ribbed section in a cranberry color, more red than the purplish shade of the ribbing in my photo. The end result, unfortunately, looked awful. Somehow my ribbing was of a larger gauge than the rest of the hat (I think I should have gone down a needle size after the ribbing, although the pattern doesn’t require it) and the color, which had looked rainbowy and fun next to the other colors in my knit bag just looked weird and clashy on the hat itself. The hat also turned out just a wee bit too tall, which is sometimes a problem with me and hats because I have a small head. I hated to trash the project but I really didn’t like it, so I decided to snip off the ribbed section and knit it again in the purplish color with a smaller hook. I snipped, but then I realized that the knitting would a) be going the wrong direction and b) that I don’t yet own a smaller hook. Oops. And unlike crochet, when you’ve snipped off a section of knitting you have a project with all these little loose loops that want to be sucked up into your project–you can’t just knit right onto them like you can in crochet. So my solution ended up being just to crochet the ribbed section. I didn’t bother with the little button tab section again, but I did grab a smaller crochet hook and slip stitch into each loose loop all around, then made ribbing by alternating front-post double crochets and back-post double crochets into a row of double crochets. Three rounds of the front and back-post stitches made a nice ribbed section and I was able to make it smaller than the first, thus also solving the problem of the hat being a bit big.
In non-crafty news, being a member of my household this week is a bit rough. My husband ruptured his Achilles tendon playing basketball and all craftiness (and fall camping, alas) is on hold until he gets surgery next week and moves on with his recovery. Having their usually-active father on crutches is hard on my kids and don’t get me started on how much fun it is to be the sole partner in charge of toddler-chasing, garbage duty, kitty-litter cleaning, laundry, and pretty much everything else requiring feet. While rescuing knitting projects is within my realm of competency, stepping in to take on my husband’s household duties while remaining reasonably cheerful and living with a high-energy wounded attorney on crutches is really not. The baby is reacting to our household chaos by refusing to sleep (so helpful!), the dog is vomiting, my daughter bursts into tears at every opportunity, and I’m doing things like leaving yeast (a very essential ingredient!) out of bread dough. Fortunately, our collective sense of humor is intact and we’re pretty good at stepping back to see our problems as transient and still small compared to some of the issues other families face all the time. And we have a well-stocked liquor cabinet, which really helps the grown-ups.