Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sweet Caroline

My friends Caroline and Alan are running the Boston Marathon in April to raise money for the Museum of Science Traveling Programs. Please support them as they train to run for such a worthy cause by donating in honor of Caroline's birthday!

I selected the Cabled Rangoli Hat for Caroline because I loved the texture and femininity of it. This isn't a warm hat for biking, but a cute hat for a not-so-cold day. I expected the hat to be more like a tam or beret, but it fits more like a beanie. I love the beauty of the flower when you lay the hat flat.

I knit the hat on size 5 round (and then double pointed knitting) needles with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn in Wonderland Heather. The hat consumed 67 g (~1.4 balls) of yarn. I followed the pattern as directed until the very end where I repeated row 43 one more time so there were only 8 sts to pull together.

This hat fit well without blocking, but I decided that I may as well block it. I am really learning how taking the time to block knitting projects gives them a great finished look.

When I showed Caroline the picture of her hat (stupid USPS for preventing me from physically giving it to her), she got all excited because it reminded her of the sweater I recently made myself. The first time Caroline saw the sweater, she told me that I was welcome to make her one any time. I had knit the hat before completing the sweater, but I am thrilled that she loves it so much.

Happy Birthday, Caroline! Caroline is one of the biggest supporters of ChemKnits, so once again I ask you to consider sponsoring her as she prepares to run the Boston Marathon for the Museum of Science.