You know how sometimes someone publishes a pattern and your reaction is one of complete and utter admiration and respect? And you just think that they must have been struck by lightning or something of similar Act-of-God proportions in order to come up with something so great?
These are just terrible selfie backyard photos, taken in the balmy evening of a day that reached 103 F (that’s almost 40 C for you celsius people), but I think you can see my enthusiasm for the pattern. I don’t know why exactly I love the colorwork so much, but it reminds me of lace, and it’s well-designed and fun to knit and I want TO PUT IT ON EVERYTHING.
I used STR for it, in spite of the fact that I don’t love it for colorwork because it has so much spring and energy that it makes tension difficult. And indeed, I have done colorwork projects with much better tension, but I don’t care. I love the gentle varigation in the In The Navy main color, and while you can’t really tell from the photos the white (Sweet Pea) actually has some green in it sometimes and it looks lovely in person against the dark blue background.
Also, the colors look great with my new glasses.
I was planning on just making the hat, but now that I love it SO MUCH I’m scanning the destashes for more In The Navy. I can just see myself wearing this hat and some snug mittens somewhere wonderful and cold and snowy next winter, and just thinking about it delights me and fills me with a shiver of anticipation.
This is what good knitting patterns are supposed to do. And that’s why Rachel Coopey is a genius.