One of those days

Greyhound related , Kim or Matt related , Knitting February 25th, 2008

It hasn’t been that bad, really, but there were a few unfortunate things.

Due to the recent rain, the dog’s walks have been short-ish and sometimes rather damp.   Hoping to make up for some of that, we decided to take them out today when we noticed a break in the rain.   By the time we were ready to head out the door, though, it was raining again.   We went anyway, hoping it would stop.   Quite the opposite.   A few blocks away from home, it started pouring.   We gave up and came back (after a grand total of five minutes), very wet.

Exhibit A: Wet Henry

wet Henry

Exhibit B: Wet Philip

wet Philip

Exhibit C: Wet zombie Kim

wet zombie Kim

My second unfortunate thing concerns my knitting, and it happened earlier this week, but let’s just pretend it was today.   In search of an instant gratification project, I decided to knit a hat out of bulky yarn.   Last time I knitted the hat, it was too small.   I unraveled, bought larger needles, and tried again.   It didn’t take long, only a few hours.   I tried it on before I cast off:

almost done hat

and again afterward:

finished hat

Yeah; now it’s too big.   This is not really a fixable problem, at least not in the United States.   The pattern calls for 7 mm needles.   In the US, we don’t use millimeters.   My choices are US size 10.5 (6.5 mm), which made the hat too small, or US size 11 (8 mm), which made the hat too big.   Surprise — I need the actual needles the pattern calls for!   I could special order them, but I’ve reached my limit.

Who’s got a bigger head than me and wants a hat?

2 Responses to “One of those days”

  1. Yvonneon 11 Mar 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I love knit hats! Especially since I live somewhere that’s cold for 6 months out of the year. Okay, four. Depending on what you call cold.

    But. Have you tried shrinking it in the wash? It might fit perfectly after that, although it may not be quite as comfortable.

  2. kimon 11 Mar 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I’ll send it your way and you can try shrinking it if it doesn’t fit you. The yarn is 100% wool, so it will likely felt a bit, which isn’t to my taste, but may be to yours. I’d rather someone use it.

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