Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Square Hat...

Or maybe it should be called Pyramid Power? The top really is more of a pyramid, rather than a flat square.

I got a better picture today. The basic recipe is to cast on a brimful of stitches and work ribbing. Switch to MC and larger needles for stocking st. Work in rounds, increasing 10 stitches evenly around every 3rd round, until crown is desired depth. This was 14 rounds in my case. Use contrast yarn and k 1 round, p 2 rounds. Back to MC and decrease pairs every other round. I worked ssk, k to end of first fourth, leaving 2 st. K2tog. Repeat around. When I got to the top, I made an attached ball. Easy as can be.

While randomly surfing a few weeks back I ended up at the Shetland Museum site. They have an extensive online photo archive, so I searched my last name. The Morrisons came from there originally. This sweater caught my eye. It's in the first picture that comes up from that search. I quickly charted out the colorwork in the sweater. I think it looks more Faroese than Shetland, but there's been a fair amount of communication between the two cultures over the centuries. But I really like it. I'm swatching some colors now, though not sure how successful my first choices will be. Stay tuned. As for the guy in the picture, he's probably some 9th cousin 15 times removed or something.

Funny (well, kind of in a sick way) thing the Little Emperor said yesterday morning. We were getting ready to go out the door to school and he said, "That person made a poor choice, who shot Martin Luther King." I'm thinking, it goes a bit beyond a poor choice! Of course, this is the kind of language that the school uses for disciplining children with behavior issues. It's never about being bad; just about making good choices vs. poor choices. So, in the discussion of MLK the kids all learned that the assassin made a poor choice. My tax dollars at work.

Hey, did you know that it's National Blog De-lurking Week? Or if it isn't now, it will be soon. All you readers who never comment are supposed to pipe up and at least say "Hi" just once. I'll have to think of a great controversy or post an all-out rant. That always seems to stir up comments.

It's possible that we will get a measurable snow fall this weekend. I'd about given up.


Bezzie said...

Poor choice! Hee hee! Yeah, that's putting it mildly.

That's an impressive sweater. But then again, guys named Andrew are just cool like that. Are you going to swatch it or make us wait til you at least cast on?

Jerry & Maxy said...

I pray pray pray giving Cassidy to the local Humane Society isn't a poor choice, but a better life for her.

I'm VERY sad.

I hope you're doing well, E. Lovely hat!

YarnThrower said...

Elizabeth - That hat is sooo fun!! Thank you for the pattern!

Here's hoping we actually do get the snow! It will be a great way to keep my kids from fighting all day tomorrow when my first grader is home from school......and also, just plain fun!

Can't wait to read your controversial blog post..... :-)

Becky in Iowa :O) said...

Snow finally arrived here in eastern Iowa. We have about an inch but there is a winter weather advisory for most of today. But of course the kid lost yet another pair of gloves. I refuse to actually make him gloves or mittens. He can't be trusted.

Renee said...

De-lurked! Oh no!

I've been sick since November, so I haven't done much knitting (but a lot of sleeping). I hope to at least get a diagnosis by the end of the month.

In the meantime, I will keep reading your blog! Have a great week!

Elizabeth said...

Bezzie, the swatch is drying now. I'll get a pic posted later today.

Shelagh, I'm so sorry about Cassidy.

Laura, we need about 6 more inches to keep my guys happy all day.

Becky, the hat I made my 11 yr old in the fall is lost. From now on, he gets St. Vincent's hats.

Renee, I hope they get to the bottom of it.

Thanks to all who comment!

Cindy G said...

De-lurking again here. The sweater does look Faroese, but very handsome. Snow day here today (only 40 miles south of Madison)-there isn't really all that much on the ground, but rural district = many unplowed, hilly township roads. It's started up again in lovely big flakes.