Ireland Rugby Hat

Inspiration is a funny thing. You just never know where and when it will strike. A couple of weeks ago, I was digging through my yarn stash and stumbled across a bag of odds and ends left over from various project.  In the bag was a ball of kelly green yarn left from a gansey I had knitted for the boy a couple of years ago.

I kept the leftovers out because I thought I could use them as hat-knitting fodder. A few days later I happened to glance at a photograph that sits on our mantle. It is a picture of me, the DH, and the boy taken at a Dayton pub on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 following Cousin Vickie’s lovely Irish wedding. In the picture the boy is wearing an Ireland Rugby jersey we had given him as a Winter Solstice gift.

Picture a light bulb above my head switching on and glowing bright. Yes! thought I. That would make a great hat! And I had just the perfect colors.

So, I sat down and planned the colors and striping. Then I got out the graph paper, found a shamrock chart in Sheila McGregor’s book Traditional Fair Isle Knitting, and adapted the pattern to my hat.

Add a little knitting and, voilà!

I wrote up the pattern and through the magic that is WordPress, you can download the pattern by clicking here➔Ireland Rugby Hat

Catching Up

It’s time to get you, my wonderful readers, caught up with my knitting adventures. I’m afraid my knitting has left my blogging in the dust. 😦

Where to begin? Hmmmm. I think I’ll start with a little bragging. The final count in my Stanley Cup Hat Trick was–drum roll, please–31 hats. Yep, from the first game of the first round of the playoffs to the exciting game 7 of the final round, I completed 31 hats. And to cap it all off–Heh, heh. I love puns.–the team I was cheering for, the Boston Bruins, won The Cup and I made a hat in their honor. 🙂

Bs In A Box

I call it Bs In A Box. (One of the Bruins’ nicknames is “The Bs” because their logo is a “B” inside a spoked wheel.) The yarn is Brown Sheep Nature Spun worsted weight in Pepper and Goldenrod. I found the pattern on Ravelry. It’s called “Sheep & Wool Hat.” It was a lot of fun to knit.

Last year I started knitting socks during the playoffs, and once I started, I just couldn’t seem to stop. This year, I started knitting hats during the playoffs, and once I started… Well, I think you know how that sentence ends. I’m seeing a pattern here. I hadn’t originally planned to keep knitting hats beyond the playoffs, but I’m hooked on hats. In the next few days, I will be sharing my completed hats with you in gory detail. I promise you, dear reader, that I will get you up to snuff. And to sweeten the deal, I’ll even throw in a pair of socks that I finished during my on-going hat-knitting frenzy. Who could ask for more?

Well, you could. If the spirit moves me, I might throw in a rant or two, or write about some other stuff. Now you have a reason to live, eh?

WARNING:  I’m still learning my way around WordPress. It’s very easy to use, but it has a lot of features that I still haven’t explored, so you should consider my blog a WIP (Work In Progress). Please bear with me during my transition from iWeb to WordPress.