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It's Friday, I'm in Love

Okay, so when I haven't been ripping off The Cure for post titles I've been knitting the Basic Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps.

It's really basic and it's just what I needed.

I have a lot of WIPs, a hectic job, and a big cold/allergy thing going on.  And my husband's sick.  And my daughter was sick.  She's getting better, but sick toddlers are so pitiful and cranky.  Between her insistence on watching the same 3 DVDs over and over for nearly a week, and my DayQuil abuse, my attention span was in no shape to follow any kind of pattern.

Most of the time I feel a little snooty about patterns that seem to exist solely to be quick and/or easy.

"Handcrafting is an art and a valuable skill!" I shout (clearheaded and with full lung capacity) from my soapbox.  "These projects should be timeless and well-crafted.  How can we expect anyone to value the time and effort we put into a gift if we just churn it out in an afternoon?"

By the way, my soapbox is probably in the middle of desolate wasteland.  Most people don't have these hangups about how they should or shouldn't manage their time, even the ones who have infinitely more skill than I do.  And that would be most knitters.

But this hasn't been an especially good week for knitting, or much else.  After a really productive weekend with a baby sweater made of sock yarn on Size 1 needles, I came down with the cold.  Then the weather turned ugly.  Then the entire extent of my yarncrafting efforts could be summed up with a sad little--and, might I add, still unfinished--granny square.

The stark colors and gray background are a pretty accurate representation of my soul.

A swatch for Monday's post aside, I haven't done much.

Until Wednesday night.  I decided to cast on the Basic Beanie for several reasons.

  1. I wanted to participate in a stashbusting challenge on Ravelry, and needed a quick project so that I could finish up before Sunday.
  2. I wanted to use up a skein of worsted weight yarn that's just sitting around.
  3. I wanted to make my friend a hat even though I'm not sure she's a hat person.  Sometimes I just like to make something for people that they wouldn't pick out for themselves.
  4. I wanted to knit, but I needed something simple.
  5. This is a cute hat.
  6. With a button!  Buttons make every hat more fun. It's a scientific fact.
  7. The brim is knitted back and forth, and then you join in the round.  No accidental twisting!  I'm at a bit of a risk for it right now, and I don't know that my fragile psyche could handle that blow.

 So.  On Wednesday, I began.

On Thursday, I finished the brim, began knitting in the round and worked until it was time for the decrease rows.

And today?

It's Friday, and I'm in love.   It's such a great knit! It's quick!  It's simple!  It's  pretty!

It calls for Size 6 and Size 8 needles, so I'm using 5s and 7s.  Still, normal needles and normal yarn!

Today I'll work the decrease rows and finish it.  Is there anything more exciting than waking up and knowing you'll finish a project?  Maybe knowing that you'll start one, but still.  Finishing is exciting. 

Plus, I get the added jolt of excitement that comes from worrying about whether or not this ball of yarn will last me until the end.

Laugh if you want, but my heart rate is up.  This is practically exercise.

There are some lovely patterns in Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps, and this would probably be the best pick for a newer knitter.  Or just a tired one.  Or anyone else who just wants to make this hat.

I'm going to finish up this quick and easy knit today, and I know I'm going to enjoy every bit of it.  In the meantime, I'd like to leave you with this.

Have a great weekend!

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