Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Have It Both Ways Hat

I've knit up another version of the hat with the simple basketweave brim. The new one is in two colors, with a turned up brim. This time I worked in the round, for an even quicker knit.

The original (lying flat in the picture) was made from Classic Elite "Waterlily", worsted weight 100% extra fine merino. This is a worsted weight wool. The subtle variations in shade give the color a nice richness, and the yarn is deliciously soft.

The new version on the stand is done in Knit Picks "Wool of the Andes" 100% Peruvian Wool, also worsted weight. Not as soft, but very economical.

They took about 125-150 yards of yarn.

The hats fit my 22" head closely. They measure about 19-20" around the brim when unstretched. So I reckon they would fit most women's heads.

If anyone would be interested in testing the directions for me, just send me an email (there's a link at the top of the sidebar where it says "Drop me a line"). Just be sure to include something like "test knit hat" on the subject line so I know it's not junk mail.


For those who asked, here are my thoughts on Vista so far:

All the security pop ups are really annoying, but I haven't disabled any of them yet.

Word looks radically different to me. I don't know if this is specific to Vista, or is just a much newer version of the software than the one we acquired 9 years ago. There are toolbars instead of drop down menus, and some things are rearranged and/or function a little differently. I'm slowly getting it figured out.

I like the way I can see thumbnails when browsing picture files - makes it easier to select the one I want when I'm browsing.

So far, I haven't figured out how to add a website to a specific folder in my Favorites list. I can add it to Favorites, but then have to go back and Organize Favorites to get it where I want it.

After a fair amount of horsing around, I was able to get my Knitware Sweaters and Sole Solutions programs to run in "compatibility mode".

So all in all, it's going OK.


Elizabeth said...

Love those hats! (My head is almost 24 inches around! "One size fits most" hats never fit me.)

Leslie said...

thank you, Elizabeth! My head is also about 24" circumference so one size hats never fit me either. It must be because we're so smart, huh? But those hats are really, really nice :)

Your MS Office applications have all been changed in the past 9 years - for the better! I have Office 2000 at home and the Office 2003 edition here at work is jazzier and has nicely refined features. You'll get used to it! Keep us updated as you make the Vista switch, please? I need to know what to expect.

Cindy G said...

Defitely smart :) It really is rather amazing how much head sizes vary. My neighbor made the "beta" version of this hat and it just about fell off her head. Turns out her head size is 18 1/2" (plus she wears her hair very short, so it doesn't take up much room at all).

re Vista: I should note that I'm pretty sure we have the home version, not the office one.