I’ve been stash busting this month. It’s remarkable, really, how much yarn I’ve acquired in the last three years, especially when you consider how small my living spaces have been.
The most perplexing skeins to use up were these vivid red and yellow skeins of Cascade 220 I’d intended to use for my own Gryffindor scarf and Hermione’s cable & bobble hat, only to find that the yarn was too heavy for the scarf and the hat seemed to be jinxed particularly for me. So, here I am with two skeins of blood red and lemon yellow wool- the latter a color I can’t pull off (yellow + my Asian skin = blech). What do I do with them?
The hat was a great knit, also a one day project. Instead of threading off the stitches, I grafted them, which created an effect I liked MUCH better. I have to wonder, however, when I’m going to learn that my head is just a touch bigger than most of the heads that hat patterns are written for. From cast on to cast off I had a nagging feeling that I should add a fourth repeat, but the superstition about the number four has been too deeply ingrained in my psyche. Long story short (too late!), with three repeats, the hat is quite snug on my head and doesn’t completely cover my ears, but it should be quite warm for next fall anyhow.
(For those who don’t know, the number four is about as bad luck for Chinese and Japanese as the number 13 is in American culture. For us, it’s bad because the word for ‘four’ sounds a LOT like the word for ‘death’. In Taiwan the hospitals don’t have fourth floors)
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