But of course the redeeming feature of this teeth-shuddering weather is that I can layer myself up in shawls, hats and armwarmers until I look like a woolen Mrs Tiggywinkle. Last night I came home from work to find a parcel from my Mum containing the most wonderful hat which she had knitted for me.
|Tired eyes, happy smile, new hat.|
It is a slouchy fairisle beanie hat, knitted from Kate Davies's Tantallon pattern, with a few size modifications. You can see all the details on my Mum's Ravelry page, here. The extra rows make it more of a slouchy shape, which I love. It is incredibly warm, and comfortable, and I don't think you're going to see me wearing anything else on my head for a very long time.
I bought Mum Kate Davies's new book, The Colours of Shetland, for Christmas. I love every single pattern in there, and even if you weren't going to knit anything from it, the book would be worth buying for the glorious photos alone. I've not attempted any fairisle knitting myself yet. It baffles me in the way that sock knitting once did; but I got the hang of that, and now love making socks, so perhaps it won't be too much longer before I give fairisle a go.
For now though, I need to curl up on the sofa with my new hat on, a shawl around my shoulders and a quilt over my knees and have a nap. All this caring for other people is quite exhausting.