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The Great Thing About Crafting..... that there is always more to learn. More techniques to master. More challenges to conquer.

The past couple of weeks for me have been all about fair isle knitting. Twenty-odd years of knitting (man, I'm old) and I had never attempted any sort of stranded color-work. Crazy, huh? It had always just scared and intimidated me. Until, suddenly, a few days before Anna's birthday I decided she needed a special birthday hat to wear to school. A special birthday hat with cupcakes on it. I found this pattern, dug some leftover yarn out of the bin, and obsessively got to work.

Two days later I had a special birthday hat ready to go.

A special birthday hat with the sort of odd gaps and puckers that come with learning a new technique. Plus, the odds and ends of yarns I pulled out of the bin were primarily acrylic so there would be no blocking to fix those gaps and puckers. She may have absolutely adored it, but I just couldn't leave things there. When I learn a new technique, I learn the new technique, dang it. So I cast on another hat.

The pattern for this one is From Norway With Love. This time I used a nice natural fiber that would stand up to some fierce blocking. I read more tutorials. I watched more videos. I learned that the way I knit is totally weird- probably due to the fact I taught myself out of a book. But, I figured out a way to hold both yarns that worked for me and let me increase my speed greatly.

Now that's a hat I can be proud of.

The obsession is definitely not over. I'm thinking another From Norway With Love for Anna- you can't wear birthday cupcakes every day, after all. Maybe with some fun ombre going on with the rows of hearts. And Sam has requested a hat with dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eating cupcakes. Not sure my skills are up for that one.


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