Fri 26 Feb 2010
It is a universal knitting truth that a regular person can wear nothing made from Ozark Mountain Hand Spun. (I said a regular person, not you).
I tried to go to work today, even though it was Snowmaggedeon. Again. There were no buses running in Hoboken, and the PATH is a 10 block walk, and even if I got out of town there is still the matter of two rivers to cross to get to work, where the one remaining place I could get coffee in our remote industrial neighborhood was closed by the Board of Health for not having a working bathroom for staff for over a year.
I had a big ball of Ozark Mountain of the browny-green variety in the yarn-lined fallout shelter that I bought at Downtown Yarns a few years ago. Downtown Yarns is another one of those places that has good stock in great colors, where I buy one or two skeins of great colored stuff that lingers in the stash for a really long time because they are generally unusable.
After taking a quick turn around the house with my favorite household appliance I settled in with Hattitude, for which I had tramped to the library several blocks out of my way in last night’s frozen fog. A few pages in I developed a pretty bad hattitude myself; this designer usually has a lot more interesting knitting ideas than you will find in this book. Some of them are quite horrible, and most of them are boring.
However, she also seems to have a lot of leftover Ozark Mountain Handspun in her stash as evidenced from this book, so loaded up Camille on the tube and cast on Down To Earth from the book, using some leftover Lambspun Pride Bulky for the hat and OMH for the brim.
Emily calls the results “Wood Land Animal”:
No, don’t say you “kind of like it”. It looks worse up close; I only used a size 11 needle for the brim to make it tight, and the brown yarn locks give look a lot like human hair knitted in there. Plus OMH usually has some straw in the skein because of the underprocessing, and that adds the nice rustic touch. Like you passed out in a field wearing this hat.
Well, yes, it was a good project for a snowy day.