Hats= 1(one) completed
Pattern Proofing= 1(one) 97% completed
There has been zero work done on the scarf since the holiday—Skein 2 is still nearing an end—but has not yet been finished up. I'll return to it today.
But—LOOK a new hat (actually an OLD hat, Knit anew!) and the pattern was proofed. (and found wanting and edited, and a few more details need to be added.)
This is the Thistle Down Hat—Isn't it pretty? I know, I know, in this country (US) thistles are considered weeds--(Oh what fools we be!) but in Scotland, its the national flower! Thistles motifs are found in jewelry, on the money, on china and porcelain, and it's considered beautiful—and I agree!
This hat is a lot smoother and softer (the sample is knit in a wool/silk/alpaca blend and is super soft and squishy!) than a real thistle. And I went for the leafier look--(not the spikier look!) with better stitch definition. I bet this pattern would look good in some soft textured yarn --a mohair blend of some sort--that would create more texture on the surface--as a real thistle has! (Way softer texture, but texture all the same!)
This version, done in a DK weight yarn (the child's/small)) size, fits my wig form head perfectly--(the head is about 19 inches) but the same hat (wait for it!) done in worsted yarn is that much bigger again (sized to fit a 22 inch head)-- and fits most adults (well most adult women—maybe without the fun fur, this could be a guy's hat. I don't think many guys would wear it with the fun fur trim—though maybe a reversed stocking knit or garter brim of a pretty violet yarn wouldn't be out of place.
Some adults might want to shorten the stem –(I love the inch long stem) but I wouldn't.
I think, at some point, I might make a very long stem version, with a long (6? 8? 10 inches long) stem that is like a tassel, with some small leaflets on the stem. (and totally out of nature, a mini thistle at the end, instead of a root!)
It will be a day or two (Monday? Tuesday?) before this hat is up for sale—but that's fine. This is a hat for your post holiday queue. Knit yourself one in time for Robert Burns birthday, (Jan. 25th). Wouldn't a thistle hat be just the thing for a Bobby Burns birthday bash? (Better than haggis, for sure!)