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We had some family fun Barbara

Gotta love January.  Oscar movies in the theatres, Australian open tennis on the computer.

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bad picture, great party

 We went to Toronto last weekend for a party at my cousin Jonathan’s house.  He is sadly moving to Australia in a couple of weeks.  They had a moving party to empty their liquor cabinet and freezer.  Being a chef, Jont made fabulous food for the adults on Saturday night, then a great family-friendly breakfast on Sunday.  At one point I looked around the room and felt completely at peace and happTy surrounded by family and a friends having a great time.  I thought, not for the first time how lucky I am to have such a great family.

This picture contains two cousins, one cousin in law, one nephew, one brother and one husband.

gillianknits.comToday’s hat is for Charles, a very good friend of the family.  Because it is a man’s hat, I get to roll out the Styrofoam man I found in Michaels one day.  This hat is a special request because he likes my reversible swearing hats and asked specifically for this.  It uses Fancy Bricks, pg 74 for the brim and Vertical Parallelogram Check, pg 25 for the main part of the hat.  This stitch is virtually the same on both sides.  If you are offended by bad language, please ignore the last photo.  He claims he will wear it proudly, but of course he will have the fancy brick option as well.

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A reversible Christmas hat

For this hat, I knitted “Bah! Humbug” upside down, then did several rows plain before knitting  “Peace on Earth” upright.  I knitted another two rows, then rejoined to the cast on row to make a rolled brim.  After rejoining the brim, the main body of the hat was then knitted with a reversible stitch.

Heather came up as I was finishing the second set of letters to ask what it said.   I explained the concept of the reversible hat with a saying on each side of the brim, which could be turned inside out depending on the wearers mood.  In her capacity as provider of constructive criticism, she only had two simple words: “Oh, dear!”

The actual idea for the two sayings came from a reversible Christmas ornament I found in a magazine in my brief phase as a crafter of plastic canvas.  When Jacob was a baby, I discovered plastic canvas and, after doing the ornaments from the magazine, I did a whole series of baby blocks with rattly stuff inside and 3-d crocheted animals and holes on the faces so a baby could grab on easily to the toys.  This phase scared Alan.  He had seen me as a potter, doing a two year college diploma in ceramics.  He had seen me designing knitted sweaters (Heather discovered a few in the attic and wears them regularly now).  He had seen me dabble with weaving and hand spinning.  He kept coming home in the plastic canvas phase to me excitedly showing him my new creations.  After a couple of weeks, he looked at me quizzically and said “are you sure this is actually a real craft?”.

If I had it to do over again, I would definitely leave more space between the words in the two sayings. Or I may use smaller lettering so that you can see a whole saying at once.  In designing hats, as in many other things, hindsight is 20/20.