Winter is a wonderful time for wool! I might add that, in my humble opinion, any time of year is a wonderful time for wool! But when the cookstove is chugging away, trying to warm all the corners of our home, we are nestled within arm's reach of each other, with wool in our hands. Sunshine, at age 7, has picked up her doll she began two years ago. She has completed three of the seven squares and is getting more excited with her progress.
On my wheel right now is wool from one of my very first sheep, a Shetland we named Luna. Smaller than the Merinos and Romneys, Luna was a clever girl who behaved more like a dog than a sheep. If I sat in the pasture with my knitting, she'd come and lay at my feet! We all fell in love with Luna, despite her fleece being absolutely wretched. It was not a spinner's fleece at all. Knowing I wanted to limit myself with the size of my flock, I decided to give her to my sister's farm up the road from us to make way for higher quality fleece sheep. Oh, was this ever a hard decision for all of us, most especially for Forrest. He adores Luna. He agreed to letting her go on the condition that I knit him something from her fleece. Fast forward and I have a bag full of coarse and wiry locks that would make a better scrubbie for the dishes than a garment for my ten year old. However, I plied the first singles I spun with some store bought Shetland wool, and while it isn't too pretty, it is now much better for knitting. And Forrest loves it!!! He will be so happy when he visits Luna wearing the vest I'm working on.
In the meantime, Forrest requested a slouchy hat from me ~ two requests for knitted mama goods made my heart beam!. He'll wear what I knit, but he just isn't that interested in anything in particular. Until Luna. And until he went to ski day with the local school kids. He came home that first day and asked me if I'd make him a slouchy hat! This boy has some serious style emerging...and I was eager to cast on.
I used some leftover stash from years ago...Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk blend. Decadent yarn and ultra soft, though it has pilled up a bit already. It was a straightforward knit, but it seemed a little endless as you garter stitch for nine inches before tapering it off. Oh my. I realize I like a little more pattern or colour in my knitting.
Ahhhh, my boy. At ten years old, he is such a kind, gentle guy who attracts friends wherever he goes. I am trying so hard to let him fly off from the nest a bit, when all I want to do is wrap my arms around him and hold him like I did when he was still in my arms. This mama journey is full of aches, isn't it? A good ache to be sure, but it has the ability to take my breath away unexpectedly with the pure rawness of all that mama-love! So when he asks for a hipster hat, how can this mama refuse? Yes, I think I'm always happy to cast on for anyone who asks so kindly...or who I love so dearly!
*ravelry notes here
*joining Ginny here