Or, Dulaan-a-than, Midwest-style, in 17 easy steps.
1. Cast on at 7 a.m., June 3, following the excellent Ken’s Dulaan Hat pattern. Use size 15 needles for first time in forever, and three strands of worsted yarn.
3. De-tangle balls of yarn.
5. De-tangle balls of yarn.
6. Repeat until first hat is done. Total time: 2 1/2 hours, or thereabouts (de-tangling created drag on knitting process).
7. Eat breakfast; send husband out to grocery shop and retrieve “40-Year-Old Virgin” from video store.
8. Admit first hat is small; hope there is someone small on the other end waiting for a hat. Second hat sized up to 44 stitch cast on.
10. De-tangle balls of yarn.
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 until second hat is complete.
12. Second hat is freaking work of art, combining partial balls from several favorite projects as well as a lovely skein of Silk Garden that has stymied me (too dark for original plans). Feel pang of sadness that hat will spend its life where I cannot admire it.
13. Eat lunch.
14. Cast on third hat, 42 stitches for variety. An understated study in tweed avec seed stitch border (rather than 2×2 ribbing, because apparently I cannot divide by 4).
15. Consider writing letter to Stephanie: “This hat is not really a good destashing project; these balls of yarn are not really getting any smaller.” Consider writing Plymouth Yarn Co.: “Thought you might want to know of misprint on ball band. Am almost positive yardage is 2000 instead of 200.”
16. Realize huge needles are causing hand cramps; break to swim for 45 minutes.
17. Pop in “40-Year Old Virgin” DVD. Repeat steps 9 and 10 until hat is finished. Cast off about 6 p.m.
And just like that, I knitted three things in one day. I know, no one else in my house can believe it either, including me.