Son #2, after a l-o-n-g hiatus, has a woman in his life. And this will be our first Christmas with her. I asked Peter if she liked hand knits and the answer came back "Yes!" With a codicil. Peter reminded me that she comes from Spain, has a haute sense of fashion and does not like anything that might be construed as hippie, peasant-like or crudely crafted. O.K. then.
The request was for a hat and scarf. A French, beret-style hat in black. No little 'tag' on top and in slouchy fashion rather than with a precisely-pressed fold. O.K. then. The hat - I think - is finished. Knit with Paton's Classic, chosen because, before I learned of the slouchy factor, I had thought to felt it. Following Elizabeth Zimmermann's guidelines but knit top down, I first gave it 4 inches of slouch. But when I tried it on, it drowned me. The woman-in-his-life is quite petite -she would be dead in the water. So I ripped back for a 3 inch slouch and think it is much better.
Now on to the scarf. Purple is the colour specified along with the dimensions of one foot by seven feet. Yikes!
I have a wonderful booklet of One Row Scarf Patterns. Purchased at London Yarns, it contains 14!!! different, one-row patterns. With only one row to memorize, the patterns are perfect for fast-approaching-deadline knits. Last night my goal was to study the 14 selections and choose one to knit. But dang, despite my - I thought - meticulous filing system, I cannot find the pattern. I looked as hard as the late-night hour would allow and could not find it anywhere. This morning I intend to scour the house. I will give it until noon. If not found by then, Plan B - whatever that might be - will have to be put into action. Wish me luck.