The spicy mix of (a) a daughter making life-changing decisions;(b) FL's cancer bouncing back; and (c) being snowed in, was enough to drive me to the knit.
It would appear that I knitted this hat in 48 hours. I didn't know I could!
This is the Norie hat from Shetland Trader Book 1, destined to be the first of many projects from this book as I love, love, love it!
What can I say? A speedy, addictive knitting experience. I used Coldharbour Mill DK, which is quite a light, soft yarn and comes in lots of lovely colours at a good price. This is Devon Green, and I needed less than one 100g skein on 3.75mm dpns (my faithful Daisy needles of course!)
The finished hat is wonderfully drapey and would accommodate a big head of hair / dreads comfortably, while having a tight enough band to stay put. I would like to knit another in soya/cotton for the summer.
Although there is quite a lot of knitting involved, the cat's paw lace stripes give the project a forward momentum that I really appreciated in my hours of need.
Why "the sorting hat"? Well, I was conscious that while I knitted, my daughter was in London, trying to decide between a strict Hackney comprehensive or her current country town academy, and it reminded me of the Harry Potter sorting hat: Slytherin or Gryffindor? Not that she ever got into HP....
And the decision? Oh, it was horribly prolonged and difficult, but in the end she has decided to come back "home" to live with me and return to the country school.
Better the devil she knows.
But we won't be tolerating any bullying or racism or any of the other nonsense. Wee Mad Mamma Roo will be up to see the Headteacher before you can say "Boo"... so watch out you little horrors!
And thank goodness my regular Girl photographer is flying home tonight - FL and I are struggling on our own!