Thermal is finished! Yesterday morning I finished up the ribbing and pulled it triumphantly over my head (yes, it can be done)!
There were some fiddly bits to do towards the end, such as setting in the sleeves and sewing the plackets down, but overall this was a very straight-forward knit. My ribbing around the neckline is a little longer than called for but I prefer it. I also added a third buttonhole at the top of the placket because I like things to line up properly (and I would probably have an obsessive-compulsive meltdown since all good buttons come in odd numbers). You may notice from the photo that although I have buttonholes, I have no buttons… yet. I will add them over the weekend and when I return to Galway (I am en route to Dublin via Sligo), I’ll enlist the help of a local guy with a fancy camera to take some better FO shots.
Since I finished Thermal early yesterday, I needed a new project to take the edge off during the bus journey to Sligo. What could be better than a hat?
A Hat for Derm
Derm is Alb’s younger brother. Last summer, I bought a peruvian hat at the Electric Picnic for a tenner. Every time I wore it down to Galway after that, Derm would regularly sigh and say, I’d love a hat like that. Since I am quite fond of the hat, I eventually offered to knit him one but because it involved colourwork, I kept putting it off. Anyway, this week we found out that Derm not only got a first in his degree, but came first in his class too. What better reason to knit a hat? Once the llamas are finished (or dogs, according to my mum… dogs with interesting tails), I’ll add ear flaps with a scroll design. I’m going to add an extra layer to the inside of the ear flaps because on my hat, they are too thin and flap about in the wind. This extra layer, which I think I will extend right up to the inner band of the hat, will include his name and mobile number. Derm likes to party and, for a guy who once lost his phone in a canoe in the middle of a field but managed to find it the next day, such details may not be a bad idea! Stay tuned for more dogs.