To tell you the truth, I grew up calling them ski caps. How unromantic is that? Recently I learned from a friend that they are referred to as tuques in Canada and toboggans in the more southern states of the US. It seems, in the knitting world, these warm, thickly knitted wool hats are called beanies. But that makes me think of colorful propeller-topped hats that little boys or little ducks wear in cartoons. I so much prefer tuque or toboggan that I think I’ll make a personal colloquial shift.
However, I digress from the truly important! I have knitted my first tuque (toboggan/beanie). And it is quite cozy. Just in time for more March snows, too. The yarn is Cascade 220 (our local yarn store has a good selection of colors), which is 100% wool, soft and dreamy. The pattern is from the book Cables Untangled and is called Simple Hat [and Scarf Set]. I guess the title of the pattern threw me off, as I proceeded to only skim the important instructions, causing me to error and rip out stitches at least four times. At any rate. I ended up knitting the hat on size nine double pointed needles (Brittany, to be exact, which are heavenly, bamboo, quiet, calming).
The ribbed brim I increased by one inch, creating more options of brim width for the wearer. The cable braid was absolutely fun to knit and I hope to encounter braids often in the future. Note regarding cables: some knitters use a cable needle to hold the stitches to the back or the front of the work, but a slightly smaller wooden double pointed needle works for me. Interestingly, when I first started cabling, I used a bobby pin which pinched the stitches tight so they never escaped. It was a good trick, but I guess I grew out of that stage in my knitting life. Now bobby pins only serve to keep hair out of my eyes so I can see to cable, knit and purl.
In other life news, I’ve been on a vegan muffin kick this week, as I bake much more often than I cook. I found a great website for those who are fasting dairy, eggs, etc. during lent: Madhuram’s eggless cooking. So far I’ve whipped up the blueberry muffins and the chocolate peanut butter muffins. The blueberries used were frozen this past summer, brought home from the farm where Ryan works. Muffin verdict: so good and disappearing so fast.