I can't resist when I have a pattern in mind and the perfect skein(s) staring me down from Mt. Yarn in my living room.
I bought the first skein at the SMY Yarn Retreat. The color beckoned me like a Siren from the cliffs in ancient Greece.
Then I wound it up and it was like crashing my boat among the rocks and the Siren turned into horror.
It wasn't nearly as beautiful to me wound up. But I soldiered on and knit the hat. I knew that it would be beautiful to someone and the pattern itself made it fun.
The second yarn I bought off a friend. She had excess and I obivously have an affection (obsession) with fibers.
The pattern used in both is Milanese Lace Topper by Tante Ehm.
It's very well written, so much so that it's virtually spoof proof unless you are trying to knit a round during a family get together and are chugging nursing a vodka tonic.
It's supposed to be knit on a size four circular needle but for the life of me and much to my dogs horror, after a rampage thru the stash, the needle bucket, the needle organizer, some kitchen drawers and the dogs toy basket, I couldn't produce a size four circular, but I found four number five circulars. ce la vie.
It's snug and squishy and fits down over the ears and looks feminine and pretty. I love it.
The Siren hat is on it's way to Vegas because my friend Laurie said she liked the color and loved the hat.
The Purple/Pink is currently residing atop my congested nugget making me feel cozy even in my chilly office.
So the offiial detaisl are:
Pattern: Milanese Lace Topper by Tante Ehm (it's also a free download on Ravelry!)
Yarn 1: the one I call Siren. Manos Maxima 100% Merino