Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Colin's sister, Maile, and I made this sweater so that he could dress as Danny Torrance from The Shining for a Halloween Decemberists show at an evangelical college in Illinois. It was a group effort: Funk dressed as Jack Torrance, Jenny as Wendy, and John and Nate as the horrifying, dead sisters. I was thinking of trying to knit the Apollo 11 sweater (see previous post for haunting movie still) and even ordered the yarn for it, but I think I got it out of my system making this one.
I knit this for Hank but he wouldn't even keep it on long enough for me to see if it fits. I have a feeling that, if he would wear it, it would be hilariously tall on him. It's pretty tall on me.
This was my first earflap hat and I mostly like it but would change a few things the next time around, namely the garter stitch hangy-downy things. I wish they were i-cord or braided yarn or nothing. I used more leftover Rowan Kid Classic - I bought a lot of it last year - and knit the hat from the tips of the earflaps up, decreasing only on the red stripe rows between patterns. After I finished, I picked up stitches around the band and earflaps and knit a garter stitch border. I used my all-time favorite knitting book, 1,000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts to choose the patterns. If you're into stranded knitting, it's the bomb.
I was actually inspired to knit this hat by mind-blowing Peruvian chullos like these:
I'm not sure how they're knit - the earflaps are beyond me. My version came out unsurprisingly more anglo. I guess it looks sort of Norwegian.