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Heather gave this one the thumbs up, Barbara

Without the Santa hat, that is.gillianknits.com

I am a day late with this post.  Oops. I am trying to publish on Tuesdays and Fridays.  I had a very social weekend.  I had more hugs from people that weren’t my husband or children this week than in the last six months combined.  I went to Toronto to volunteer as a historic cook for a Regency Christmas Supper.gillianknits.com

It was really fun.  I stayed overnight in my home town at my friend from high school Ann’s house.  Then I spent 4 nights in Toronto with my university friend Lauren.  It was a nice change of scenery but I am glad to be home to rest up for Christmas at Mum’s.  The supper on Friday night was beautiful and I always learn a lot when I do these events.  Plus the food is great.gillianknits.com

I was originally going to make this hat elongated like an elf hat, but some women really liked it in progress at the doctor’s office, so I decided to make it like an ordinary hat for after Christmas.

gillianknits.comHeather liked the hat when she put it on and I think that is because I made the band in one long strip, then picked up stitches off the top of the band for the main part of the hat.  It really fits nicely.  The band uses a Chain Cable, pg 246 down the middle, flanked by two Elongated Wave Cables, pg. 245.  I used Lace Cable or Germaine Stitc, pg 275 for the upper, green part.gillianknits.com

To get rid of the stitches, I decreased in the eyelet part first, then the cables. The little Santa hat is detachable.  To make it, I cast on 9 stitches on each of 3 needles (27 total) and did 4 rows of garter stitch in white.  I then changed to red and stockinette stitch. I decreased one stitch per needle every other row till I had two stitches per needle.  I then switched back to white, picked up one stitch in between the two stitches on each needle (so I had 9 total) and did another four rows of garter stitch.  I did a slip one k2tog, psso on each needle and slipped the end through.

My, but doesn’t that Santa have a richly patterned hat, Barbara?

gillianknits.comMillie has been very helpful with my knitting lately.  She is a very active cat and as it gets colder out, she goes out less and less.  That leaves me to entertain her.  She likes to walk over my keyboard until the sounds stop, then lie down to purr.  She often grabs at the yarn as it comes out of the ball.  Today she decided to help me with my photography.

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We had a great day yesterday at Hilary’s place.  Hilary is one of the horse drivers at the village and yesterday she hosted the monthly get together of the Ladies’ Benevolent Society, which is what the women of the village call ourselves these days when we gather in the off season.  We used be called Heritage Hands and meet to learn historic crafts, but nowadays it has mostly devolved into a potluck and gabfest kind of deal.  Equally enjoyable if a tad less educational, and with a whole lot less prep work. Hilary owns her own horse and wagon.  You can also see Marjorie, Janice and Mary who Hilary had just brought down the lane.  It was 11 degrees (C) and beautiful for the 9th of December.  Her attempt to host the same gathering at this time last year apparently happened in a blizzard.  I myself was on my way to Bhutan.gillianknits.com

I saw the Puff Stitch, pg150 and thought it would give a nice bulky appearance instead of fur for the bottom of Santa’s hat.  Barbara told me it had plenty of horizontal elastity so I only cast on 96 stitches.  I increased to 120 sts for the Wheat Ear Cable and Reverse Wheat Ear Cable, pg 244.  To get rid of the stitches, I reduced the cables from 3 x 3 to 2 x 2, then 1 x 1.  I spread this out over 8 pattern repeats so that the top was elongated for Santa, then put a bobble made of Puff Stitch on the top.  I made enough aborted runs at the top of the hat that I put in a lifeline to rip back to, but I think it ended up ok finally.gillianknits.com