Last week I was lucky enough to find myself in a conversation about a classic American novel, Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. I am afraid that my fondness for thinking out loud got the better of me at one point and later on it got back to me that my fellows in the convo felt I was guilty of "over sharing". . . ie I talked too much and for too long. But you know, it's only to be expected when I have so few opportunities to convene on a favorite subject of mine (stories). So lest I overwhelm the indulgence you offer me here, let me approach piecemeal my having held back for too long on another favorite subject of mine: Stuff I Knit and Share with You.
(While it looks from the outside like I'm knitting up a storm over here, it's more like I have a large back log of work I finished over the summer when y'all were at the beach.)
There will be three posts to get me all caught up. First up: there is this little hat, something I decided to name Wolves Will be Wolves:
I stumbled upon the idea messing about with graph paper, and I happened to have perfect yarn in the whack of Alpaca Elegance I bought from Green Mountain Spinnery at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool this last May. I started out with just sheep, but my son -- who looks great in beanie hats and will be the designated famiy recipient -- wanted it roughed up a bit, according to his "nature red in tooth and claw"-Discovery-Channel-huffing sensibilities. Thus the wolves. Four of them, altogether. "Because when sheep are around" he says: "wolves will be wolves".
How much he already knows of the world, say I.
The pattern accomodates a more genteel take on the sheep, leaving the predator class out altogether if you should so desire. It's written in four sizes, to accomodate both a range of heads and fits, but also the vagaries of gauge.
It requires one skein each of Alpaca Elegance in Chai (the main color), Cocoa, and Cream. But heck, you can substitute Dragon Well for the background (a delicate shade of green), or go primary in another yarn, like a red field with black and white beasties. Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep premiered at SOAR this past October some beautiful spinning kits in naturally colors fibers if you're so inclined (which I hope you are). You can inquire about those beauties here.
Thank you for your patience with me, dear knitter. I have more things to come.