My Garden Thing
September 08, 2010
What’s that atop my head? A hat is a very good thing to have when you’re out in cold weather, but a beret is can be charming when you need just a touch of warmth. Since we just had a nip of frost in the garden (can you believe it?) it's a good time to nurture ones knittin' desire!
While casually perusing the fall issue of the Twist Collective, a pattern name caught my eye. I just HAD to knit Community Gardens, plus it's a cute hat! If you’ve been reading this blog the past summer you’ll know why the name meant so much. We joined a community garden and have had quite a time, sometimes fun, sometimes heartbreaking, but most of the time heartwarming. (Sounds like knitting, eh?)
A skein of Glacier Blue Beaverslide lay fallow in my stash, awaiting its moment in the sun. It's not only one of my favorite yarns, with it's close to the skin softness and warmth, but this skein is blue! This hat is special in another way, as it was the reason I learned the Twisted German cast on, a technique I’ve wanted to learn, because its stretchy edge is perfect for socks, gloves and hats. It was not hard to learn, but sometimes I am averse to learning new techniques (sad but true). Let's just say, happy am I that I took the time to add this to my bag of tricks.
The ribbing went by so quickly and the lace became quite addicting, so instead of working on larger projects, I found excuses to knit my little garden. She grew rapidly with extra TLC. The best thing about knitting a hat from the bottom up is it grows smaller and smaller. Before you know it, the hat is finished! Hopefully winters cold will stay at bay, but when it comes my little garden topper will be ready.
The colour is like the sky in some of your 'Saturday sky' photos. Beautiful.
Posted by: Marijke | September 08, 2010 at 02:38 AM
The hat is adorable and so appropriate for you right now! I've been meaning to learn that twisted German cast on, too.
Posted by: Carole | September 08, 2010 at 03:15 AM
I love GTCO! Cute hat and picture.
Posted by: Chery | September 08, 2010 at 03:16 AM
Sweet! and looks cozy and warm too.
Posted by: Julie | September 08, 2010 at 04:27 AM
I call it TGCO in my notes to myself, and I do love it. I like that you are now prepared for chilly fall days. I can't believe you had frost already!
Posted by: Laurie | September 08, 2010 at 04:29 AM
Wish I were a beret wearer, I'd be casting on today! Lovely job!
Posted by: Diane | September 08, 2010 at 05:14 AM
So pretty and perfect in every way. I love it on you, too. Lookin' good!!!
Posted by: CindyCindy | September 08, 2010 at 05:27 AM
I need to learn that cast on. Very cute hat and sooo apropos.
Posted by: Manise | September 08, 2010 at 05:57 AM
Love the color on you! Send some of that nippy weather down here - it is still WAY too hot for my tastes!!
Posted by: Anne | September 08, 2010 at 06:01 AM
You've grown yourself a perfect hat! When it comes to knitting, you've surely got a Green Thumb! :-)
Posted by: Kym | September 08, 2010 at 06:22 AM
What a perfect hat!
That cast on is on my list of things to try soon. With the current fit of startitis coming on, that 'soon' will be *very* soon...
Posted by: gayle | September 08, 2010 at 07:16 AM
You didn't know that cast on? Hmmm.... I love it. Not as much as I love your hat, though. Perfect on you.
Posted by: TeresaC | September 08, 2010 at 07:26 AM
Nip O'Frost in the garden? Aaaahhhhhhh. :^)
Beautiful Beret! I've been ogling that pattern for several days, yours may have just pushed me into the zone :^)
Posted by: marianne | September 08, 2010 at 08:00 AM
I love the German twisted cast-on. It's a great sock start.
Posted by: sprite | September 08, 2010 at 08:02 AM
Cute hat in a GORGEOUS color!
Frost?! Already? Eep!
Posted by: Chris | September 08, 2010 at 08:06 AM
How could you possibly resist a pattern with that name?
Posted by: Cheryl S. | September 08, 2010 at 09:18 AM
Lovely hat and a wonderful color for you.
Posted by: Cookie | September 08, 2010 at 09:27 AM
Extremely cute, Margene!
Posted by: Heather | September 08, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Oh, very cute!! Sure not liking the idea of frost, but I had to dig deep in the pile for a pair of jeans and some socks this morning! Boo-hiss!
Posted by: Vicki | September 08, 2010 at 11:10 AM
When I saw the name GC - I did a double take and looked to see if you designed it -lol - I'm loving the beret, then pattern and the color!
Posted by: linda-kay | September 08, 2010 at 12:24 PM
Love the hat, and REALLY love that first picture! It's classic!
Posted by: Kristin | September 08, 2010 at 01:54 PM
How cute! (and appropriate!)
Posted by: knitnana | September 08, 2010 at 02:06 PM
Love the hat - it looks like so much fun! :-)
Posted by: Laurie | September 08, 2010 at 04:05 PM
Such a cute hat, and with that name and the yarn you used, it is absolutely perfect for you.
Posted by: Sarah | September 08, 2010 at 10:13 PM
It is a lovely hat and I love when the pattern name or the yarn or something about a project strikes a personal chord. It just makes it all the more special!
Posted by: Kristi aka FiberFool | September 08, 2010 at 10:15 PM