Further, knitting, or in this case, crocheting, sort of sucks up the mood around it while you're doing it. Now, this is just a hypothesis, and I am most likely wrong on some sort of level, but really now. Don't you think there's a bit of karma at play when you start, work on, and complete a project?
I had hopes for this one. I did, even though everything was against it. DK weight cotton that can flop like all get out if given a chance. Starch that wouldn't dry there on the brim. Unwilling weather--you know, the type of heat that even though it's hot, nothing will ever dry, especially if you're staring at it, keep checking it, or keep thinking about it more than you should.
This hat is fab, though. It is so fab I can barely stand it. And I tell you this: If it weren't for all the starch on the brim I wouldn't be able to see in front of me; I'd probably even trip over it. So here are the mods (The pattern is the Fun in the Sun Hat from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2007):
- Extended the brim by working one extra round of increases after the last two plain rounds. In my case, I worked 6 single crochets then 2 single crochets into the one single crochet below it on the 7th single crochet all the way around.
- Then, I worked an extra two rounds, plain, and finished off.
- I sewed some grosgrain ribbon on the inside of the cap part, just where it sits against my head.
- I used a ton of spray starch on the brim. I just sprayed it on and steamed it with my steamer. Then, after it dried, I did a second round but used a hot iron instead, along with the spray starch.
I used the Rowan Handknit DK Cotton, 2 balls Ecru, and one ball in black.
Yowza. Must go smell some of that J-Lo perfume. (ha!)
*You're probably wondering about the reference to the quilted garment. Yeah, I know, there aren't a lot of people working the quilted garment thing, but I tell you what: I had a friend in college whose mother made a quilted jacket for her with a mandarin collar that was to die for. I asked her where she got it and she told me that her mother made it, and would I like her to make one for me too? I said, "YES!" (Now that I think back, it's no wonder her mother avoided me for years after my friend's quilted jacket's debut.)