18 February 2008

initializing world

stranded hat "Don't let your history decide your future" was a recent writing prompt from "Writing in the Margins." It's a good one, isn't it? One way to avoid that trap is to have good friends, and to pay attention to them.

One of mine, Anna, who gave me a beautiful stranded-work hat for Winter, also made a pair of mittens in stranded-work... (I'll spare you the mitten progress today. In fact, until I finish a mitten, I won't even mention the squirrel...) which gave me the desire do some stranded-work myself.

Knitter's Therapy, my beloved LYS, is sponsoring contributions toward the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation hat project. I dropped by and picked up my yarn on Saturday. I was going to do a standard hat, really I was, but something in the yarn just didn't want to go there. Or something in me just didn't feel standard. (As if it ever does, that dratted something.)

Anyway, this is what I came up with. It's finished except for the decreasing on top, which will be light green, and some
major repair work finishing. I'm quite pleased with it. I followed no pattern. In fact, I don't even think I followed any logic. The yarn did what the yarn did. I just hope that someone will enjoy wearing wonky greenery.

So thank you, Anna, for introducing me to a technique that I thought would be out of reach forever. Another part of my past -- knitting cowardice -- gone!

I've begun to re-read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I'd almost forgotten that I'd read it at al, but when I started it for the Ravelry Book Club, I remembered. My reaction in 2006 was odd. I don't think I was in a good frame of mind for it then. Maybe I am now. I'll let you know.

Why "initializing world"? That's the message that my screen displays when I click on the icon for Second Life. If I'm to follow the advice of today's writing prompt, I have to initialize each day. If Teabird Tigerpaw can face SL anew with each click of the icon, so can I.



Bridget said...

The hat is beautiful! I'm so impressed that you just let it "happen" so to speak.

I have so far today cast on the same 252 stitches 4 times ...

I have also told myself that's it. I'll keep you posted. :-)

Running Knitter said...

I think the hat is so cute, and even more beautiful that the pattern is a Teabird "original". You are so talented.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful hat! Great job.

sunt_lacrimae_rerum said...

What an exceptionally beautiful hat. It's just perfect!

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

That hat is MARVELOUS. :-)

kadezmom said...

No pattern? Holy cow. It's beautiful.

adrienne said...

Crazy, wacky, greeny lovelines:)!

Paula said...

Awesome hat!

I gave on second life.
I just can't figure out how to do anything there.
I am so computer illiterate.
*hangs head in html shame*