Friday, January 30, 2015

Frogging Happy

I truly love bulky yarn and have had a wonderful time dyeing and then knitting and crocheting two projects out of some super bulky yarn that I purchased from Heelside Farms in Four Oaks, NC. The first project was my second knitted hat in the Collapsible Cloche pattern which can be seen on my Ravelry projects page. This was supposed to be for me and ended up being for Gary because it fits and is convenient to grab and wear on cold winter mornings out taking care of critters. Since I had plenty of yarn left for another hat this seemed like it would work out just fine. Having decided I wanted a crocheted tam, I found a pattern that seemed ideal - Super Bulky Tam by Candice Veazey. The only thing I didn't reckon on was that the size of yarn differed somewhat from the pattern which I faithfully followed to produce the first tam pictured.
After three different people remarked that I would really need dreadlocks to look my best in this hat. I decided that I had to reduce its size - which of course meant that I had to pull out some of what I had done (5 rows in fact) and then redo the brim. After a bit of help finding my ends and carefully pulling out the 5 unneeded rows, I was able to redo the brim/band to produce a much better sized hat. I'm usually pretty resistant to pulling out what I've done so this is a step forward.