Do you ever find it hard to decide whether a Finished Object is a triumph or a disaster? I might have mentioned slouchy hats made from sparkly yarn last week; about all the cooing over the idea at knitting group and the rushing out to get yarn. Even after some mods (tighter here, bigger there....) the two hats took me just two evenings to make. The yarn is certainly very pretty
The sparkly bits (silver sequins) pop out just a little, the colours are perfect and yarn (despite my prejudice against synthetic fibre) is soft with just the right amount of fluffiness. BUT it was a bit of a different story when I showed them to Dear Daughters 1&2. There were hoots of derision and gales of laughter.
DD1 said they reminded her of hats worn to cover hair loss, worse DD2 said they were like something Nora Batty would wear. The little Model put one on her daddy's head and the other on Little Brother. LB loved playing peek a boo, the hat came down to his shoulders.
Perhaps I need a rethink... But I have so much to do. There is this quilt
Well not actually this quilt. This is the prototype/pattern for the main event, and is only 50cm square, I wanted to see how piece the colours together and whether they went with the sample piece of wall paper (OK I think)
The main event has reached this stage
So you can see I am a bit pressed for time but the question is what to do with the hats? They were destined for non-knitting-friends. Now I know that even if they would never dream of actually wearing the item, knitters would look at the soul of the FO. I'm not saying that NKF's don't have soul - they do, in buckets but knitters can go a bit off piste about some things that NKs find it hard to grasp.
For instance all knitters are going to understand AlliDecks need to travel halfway across the globe with two spinning wheels and more than one packing case of yarn. Or the raptures we can go into when there is the mention of Brittany needles or Yarn from Blue Faced Leicester Sheep but we don't expect others to do the same. I might have raised the bar a little too high last year with cashmere gloves - but what do you think? Give or keep as dog walking hats? (if I ever have a dog!)