Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Stephilocks and the Two Hats

Once upon a time there was a girl named Stephilocks. (Look, if Goldilocks can be a name, then so can Stephilocks.)

Stephilocks was a determined girl and after reading a book about knitting, decided to knit a fair isle hat for her nephew.

The first hat she knit with Wool Gatto from Lana Gatto.

It was, sadly, too small.

Skully hat

Rather than rip it out, Stephilocks decided to knit another hat.

For the second hat, she decided to use the yarn specified in the pattern. She bought Baby Ull (in 2007) and then she cast on 200 stitches. This should have given her a size between the 22" and 23" inches, like the pattern said. But Stephilocks was a foolish girl and decided to knit the fair isle on needles that were .25mm bigger than what the pattern said to use.

Stephilocks knit and knit and knit on the second hat. She ate porridge of questionable temperature, then she knit some more.

She sat in chairs of varying degrees of comfort while she knit and knit and knit.

She slept in a bed that was just her size and then she got up and knit some more.

Then Stephilocks tried on this hat:

Skull Isle

and she cried out, "ARGH! What is this? Some deranged interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Am I going to have to knit THREE hats to get it right?"

Stephilocks then put down her knitting and fixed herself a good, stiff drink.

The end.


  1. poor Stephilocks! Maybe you should just tell your nephew that three bears ate his hat!

    (it is very sharp lookin' though ... is it very much too big? Could it become a tea cozy or a purse or bag of some sort (or anything else) ... it is too cool to be a UFO ... or worse, returned to the frog pond.

  2. On the plus side...if you know any other children of varied size you have presents for them. Already. Clever knitter you.

  3. Anonymous2:23 p.m.

    I would have gone for the stiff drink quite some time ago. Is the 2nd one too big? Does it fit Mr. Happy's head?

  4. Anonymous2:24 p.m.

    I was going to make some sort of swatching crack, but that would be cruel at this point.

  5. There's always felting...and if you keep up with the stiff drinks, you just might have a serendipitous moment (don't all fairy tales?) wherein you find that it really does look better when it's shrunken and matted.

  6. Very cute anecdote Stephilocks. Beautiful knitting too. Sad it doesn't fit.