I completed the Aibhie hat in my very special Ginny yarn. It was such a lovely knit, I honestly enjoyed every stitch and highly recommend the pattern. It ended up a bit bigger than I hoped, even though I measured my head, followed the sizing recommendations AND dropped the needle size by 1 for both the brim and body of the hat.
No, of course I didn’t knit a swatch! In my defence the finished object had the correct circumference measurement. Instinctively I knew a medium would be too large for my little noggin but I didn’t trust it and thought the measurements would be a better guide than gut feel. This tale has a happy ending thanks to Operation Controlled Shrinking. A few blasts in the tumble dryer for a minute at a time and the fit was much better.
I posted this picture on Instagram yesterday and couldn’t resist sharing it here so apologies if you have already seen it. I actually think Robin’s smile is so uplifting that this is really a public service!
Next up I am so excited to be knitting my first shawl. Selkie is Mandarines latest design and it is so beautiful. I had planned to knit Blom for my first shawl project but Selkie came along and stole my heart. There is an image of Selkie here and here.
What makes it even better is this will be a Cross Atlantic KAL. Valerie and I will be sisters in shawls and I am so happy about this! I have picked out my colours since the swatch card arrived and am awaiting the wool delivery from Jamieson & Smith. This is going to be a very relaxed KAL as Valerie has several WIPs already, I will be achingly slow, no doubt, plus I have another Owlet to cast on for. More on that next week when the yarn arrives.
In other very exciting news I have a small parcel jetting over from Ginny containing three skeins of her yarn, courtesy of Robin. What can I say, this boy may only be 15 months old but he sure has great birthday present taste.