Yeah, I know. It says it right up there at the top. "K's Knits and Knotes", and the only thing I've posted about has been ripping out an old project so I can recycle the yarn.
So, I'm reading the Harlot's blog one day in which she mentions this book and the fact that there is a pattern for an Japanese samurai hat. In my attempt to get the husband interested in knitting, I show it to him. His response? "Can you make 3 or 4 of these?"
Over a year ago, the husband signed up for Iaido classes at the dojo where the kidlets take karate. He wants the hats to present as jokes to various people. It's supposed to be a surprise, but I'm pretty sure that karate sensei's don't read blogs about knitting.
I'm currently working on hat number one. Instead of using the Euroflax that the pattern calls for (at $18/skein, 4 skeins/hat = too pricey for jokes), I'm using Knitpicks merino. This is the first time I've used the yarn, and so far so good. It's very soft and springy, and I've had no problems with splitting.
The pattern is fun to knit and it goes rather fast, but I'm at the 'finishing' and it's rather fussy. The dragon on the top of the hat requires about 50 impossibly small beads to be sewn on, which means threading impossibly tiny needle eyes at a time in my life when I'm getting precariously close to needing bi-focals.
Did I mention that he wants more than one ruddy hat?