This hat took me 6 attempts to complete.
Nine if you count the snowflake hat I made for my brother last year as an attempt.
I didn't carry the yarn well.
It didn't even stretch enough to fit Elena's head.
For you fellow knitters...you know that's bad.
90 stitches on size 8's and the hat didn't fit a one year old.
After that failure, I gave up on fair isle.
Until I heard Lucinda was pregnant.
Then I just knew I had to learn. Had to master the art of it.
After 6 failed attempts (ok ok! Eight) I enlisted the internets for help.
I typed "Fair Isle" into You Tube's search box and watched two videos.
I read a page in Stitch and Bitch.
Then I tried again.
Because I had to.
I am a hat maker, see.
I love to make hats for babies.
If I know you and I know you're having a baby, you will get a hat from me.
It's what I do.
But Luc's hat had to be special.
A plain ol cap just wouldn't do.
Not for her.
Not for the bean.
Not for Cooper's little brother.
So I set off designing a hat for her new little one.
This is not that hat.
But it had to be completed for me to feel confident enough to put into stitches the pattern I have written for the bean.
I started on it tonight.
I'm skipping the gym to work on it.
He could come any day now so time....
as they say...
is of the essence.