For my birthday this fall, I got an awesome present from Drew — a Concertina. That’s right — a Concertina. So now I too can join the ranks of sailors who shanty about sea-wise.
I also got….CASH! A great birthday present! So what did I do? I visited my favorite yarn website — Morehouse Merino Farms. Their yarn is so awesome, and their patterns are unique and fun to make. So I got two things — one which is almost done, but for which I need at least one more skein of yarn — it’s a cape, actually! — and the other, the Amanita Hat.
The Amanita Hat was designed to look like a mushroom from Wonderland. The sample on their website was in bright red and white, making it loot EXACTLY like this:
But since I had just bought the Cape too, I thought I could color-coordinate it a little better, and got the yarn options called Henna and Sand. While in Taos, NM for Christmas, I had ample knitting time (hooray) thanks to the heroic grandparenting done by Beth and Steve. So the hat went fast! One week and blam-o!
There it is! It’s cozy and warm and I love the slight cloche feel to it. The yarn is soft but hardy, like all the Morehouse yarn. I think this hat will see a lot of wear, whether with my Cape or with my Coat — it matches perfectly with a pair of Sherlock Holmes mittens I made in college. Another one to add to the winter wear!
I got to wear it during our New Year’s in Ventura, CA, too. We always try to stay at hotels with balconies, because then after Patrick goes to sleep, we can hang out on the balcony, enjoy a bottle of wine and chat it up. We didn’t have this mountain view on New Year’s — an awesome marina view instead — but the view from Beth and Steve’s house is breathtaking. Whenever I see I picture of it, I always wish I was looking at it right then and there. Beautiful!