How have I been living without nice alpaca flip-tops? It boggles the mind.
Of course, I still have one more to do, but if it’s anything like this one, (and it should be,) then I will be quite satisfied.
Note the off-set cable! That was actually due to Hannah’s suggestion, but the I really like the end result, and am glad I decided to do it. A down-the-middle cable would be boring.
Despite this being the first project to use a purchased pattern, I couldn’t help myself. Virtually every step of the way, I threw in modifications of all sorts. Extra stitches, different thumbs, etc. But I think this is a very comfortable way to work for me. Using a tried and true pattern as a jumping-off point, I can be more confident in little tweaks here and there.
And, as promised, a picture of the tam, being worn by the man himself.
NEWS! Some fun happenings over on Etsy since this draft was started! My hat was featured in a treasury, and I thought “Okay, cool. Sounds fun.” Then, the dang treasury hit the front page! And my goodness, a little exposure goes a long way! That spiral cornrows hat that I’m so keen on was ever so slowly nearing its 100th view, and I was pretty excited about that. Now, it’s got over 1500, and the views have spilled over onto other items as well. Very nice. There is a particular exhiliration that came to me around this time in 2009, when I received my very first paycheck as a young man living away from his family. The feeling of “oh, all that work is actually paying off!” Well, that’s about where I’m at right now.
And today’s non-related photo: all the evidence you need to prove that I’ve got far too much free time at work.