First of all, I need to say, that the photos of these two items are RUBBISH and Mr PP has been told in no uncertain terms that in the next life I want to live with a photographer who will make me and everything I make look GORGEOUS all the flippin' time.
That said, I'm really pleased with how this matching pair of hat and snood turned out* even if I don't look it.
Glasgow School of Yarn in October. This is a local event going from strength to strength, bringing in tutors and knitters from further and further afield.
I knew Ruth's workshop would be good but it really surpassed my expectations because it was very much from the 'teach a man to fish' school of thought: you leave Ruth's workshops not just with a half-finished project and a pattern but with a whole new way of thinking about designing a hat to fit any head. That she managed to do this with a dozen knitters of different abilities in less than 6 hours, I think is an impressive achievement. She had also carted a huge selection of her own hats, from Italy, so that we could try on different styles and work out which suited us best. Big up to the Woolly Wormhead.
The snood took me longer but was simpler and really enjoyable to knit. The challenge with the hat had been how to combine WW's comprehensive instructions with the demands of the woven stitch which for some stubborn reason I'd decided I wanted to use. To be honest I have bodged the decreases a bit but no one else will notice.
Full nerdy details are on Ravelry here.
*Ever since reading this post from the Yarn Harlot mentioning How to Spot a Knitter I have endeavoured to make myself hats that match either scarf or mitts or both.