and more Hats

which means that I am listening to audiobooks more than reading. Since a new Michelle Sagara “Cast in” came out, I listened my way through most of the previous ones that I own. Downloading the lowest quality format from Audible was possible with patience but I can really tell the difference. This was followed by Alison Kent’s five book “Hope Spring” series. I was going to move on to non-fiction, but that would take a bit more concentration on my part. I had picked up one of the Great Courses on Forensic Science and also “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England.” I found that concentrating and not losing my place was not one of my stronger suits when confronted with knitting involving shaping or counting for the moment.

Anyway – back to the hats –

1) the toddler hitchhat –


which is knit out of the heavier Zauberball on 2.5 mm needles. It was to be an adult hat, but I didn’t complete enough repeats in each of the quarters (see comment about knitting, listening and non-fiction above).

2) Jade – from A Head for Trouble

Side view

Side view

front view

front view

Knit on 3.5 mm needles out of Gradient and needing the buttons on the front flaps to complete the hat.

3) Unfinished –


which was started on scones day – but after knitting the band (channel cast-on, split and the two sides knit up to form both sides of the band. After joining I happily knit on, then found I didn’t have any more yarn. Slid over onto an extra needle, it will have to wait till I get back to Germany. I don’t think I have anymore, but I do have dark green….

4) Lost Hat –

Also knit on the train between Heidelberg and Venice, I thought about giving it to one of my fellow passengers. In retrospect it might not have been a bad idea. While on my way to the ship on the 14th it fell from the top of my shoulder bag. I saw it picked up, a grin, and being placed firmly on a young head which dashed away calling down the other side of the bridge – probably to show her mother her new treasure. It is young girl colors and I think it wanted to find a home other than with me.

5) Egbert’s Hat

This is from at least a week ago. Egbert retired from the German Air Force not all that long ago with a fair number of years actually spent stationed in the US. He and my husband seemed to have a good time talking history and politics on the previous cruise. This was good from both of the non-interested women’s point of view. Egbert had also made a few comments about cold head and cold ears, asking when I was going to knit him a hat.

Easy – I always have more hats than I have heads to wear them. And any hat that finds a home is one less I have to pack into the suitcase even tho packing hats is easier than balls of yarn.

Exeter is one of the best guy hat patterns in existence. It stretches. It folds flat and the brim is about a deep as one chooses. And as you probably guessed – 2.25 mm needles out of Crazy Zauberball.


Other detours involved finally convincing my laptop that I did want to download various photos which had been residing on my phone for a while and editing a few hundred photos of this trip through the Suez.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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4 Responses to and more Hats

  1. Alison says:

    Sometimes a project goes where it was meant to go where we didn’t know it was needed and could never have done on our own. Someday in the Great Beyond I’m going to ask, okay, where did that white cotton chemo cap that came back to me after my MIL passed–clearly, I felt I needed to wear it that cold day when a wool one would have done much better because it was meant to end up wherever it disappeared to, but, who? Did they appreciate it? Did it help? I so hope so.

  2. Alison says:

    p.s. (Running to go google Hitchhat pattern… Love yours!)

  3. carmen says:

    I love the lost hat story. It is so cool that you saw where it went!

  4. Egbert says:

    Oh darn Holly, now back in Germany the temps are up to 15 degrees centigrades. I wish the temps would fall and I can proudly wear your new hat when walkning the dog. Time will come soon. Hopefully too soon before we leave again in 10 days to reach the Splendour otS.
    It was a real pleasure to meet you and George.

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