Monday, March 14, 2011

Boyfriends and Botanic hats

Matt and I went up to his lake house this weekend, meaning I got a lot of knitting done in the car and we ended up fighting. Like we always do. But this is a crafty blog and I will not get into it. I just needed some context.

Whenever there is boyfriend drama in my life, well, whenever there is any drama in my life I always turn to knitting. Knitting just keeps me calm and it makes me feel better, even when my stomach is churning and I can't sleep. So, whenever I get into a fight with Matt I always become overwhelmed by the urge to knit him hats. Even when he doesn't deserve them.

Last night I cast on for Stephen West's Botanic hat, my favorite "boy" hat, and I finished it up this afternoon after work. I used leftover Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Calligraphy and some Noro Silk Garden I had in my stash (color 276). Both yarns were purchased by the boy in question, so I guess it is only fair that I should knit him something.

Mods: Since I was using a dk weight as the MC, I decided to cast on an extra four stitches, which turned out being unnecessary, and I also went down to size 5 needles for the ribbing. I did, however, use size 7s for the body, which gave the fabric a nice and light feel. 

Botanic Hat
I really, really love knitting Botanic Hats. They're pretty easy and they force me to purl continentally, something I've been struggling with. I just have awkward hands and it's more comfortable for me to purl English style, though I prefer to knit Continental. Egads! Anyway, Botanic hats are truly magical and most of the men in my life now own at least one (Matt now has three). I still need to make one for myself.

I'm not a beanie girl. But this will do ;)

I'm in love

I also finished up my Dalloway in DK that I posted about last time. But I'll save that (and some new Tosh haul) for next time. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak and the project page for my (Waiting for Spring) Botanic Hat.

Tosh Merino Light in "Plaid Blanket"


  1. the hat looks amazing! great job.

  2. Thanks! They're so much fun to knit. I've already cast on for another one :)