So I recently discovered that whenever the Olympics roll around, knitters get crazy! It all has to do with the competition on Ravelry formerly known as the Ravelympics (thanks for the name change, IOC…). It’s pretty simple: cast on during the games, finish during the games. In addition to the Ravelry competition, one of my local yarn stores, Unraveled Sheep, is holding its own contest. I’m a sucker for a good knitting competition (prizes!!), so I cast on Gudrun Johnston’s Norie hat, using some ultra-squishy wool, silk, and cashmere yarn I purchased last month at a trunk show, Anzula Dreamy.
This yarn is incredible. After talking with the fabulous gals who make this yarn, I knew that it was a heavy fingering that’s almost a sport-weight yarn. It actually worked really well as a substitute for the DK weight called for by the pattern. Usually, I’m a stickler for using the yarn weight specified, but I really (really, really) wanted this hat in this yarn. I knit up a gauge swatch and got gauge pretty quickly with a needle adjustment and went to town.
The pattern is absolutely a joy to knit. Enough detail to keep it interesting, but not so difficult that you completely screw up while watching gymnastics. Hee! Okay, I had to rip out a whole lace section and redo it, but overall not too shabby.
Time: 3 days from cast-on to weaving in the ends.
Total score: 24.9999
I know. Dork. Hee!