I got my hair cut a few weeks ago. We're not talking a little trim, no siree. I cut off a good 6 inches this time around.
Of course, all my knit winter wear became woefully inadequate (well, not really, I still love all my knit winter wear), but, I still wanted something new. A nice cowl to cover up my bare neck, a new hat perhaps.
So I made both!
I wanted to have a fun outdoor photoshoot, but the autumn turned grey and blah and we've just been too busy to make it happen. So I improvised. Just me, the camera and the camera remote. It took me a while to figure out how to take these self portraits. In the end, I like them, but I do feel a little like a Brady Bunch character, looking in all sorts of directions. Ha!
My Rusty Star Crossed Beret:
This is a free pattern, available here. It uses less than one skein of Malabrigo worsted on big needles. I think I used 8.0 mm. It is the longest hat ever, but I think I like it. I only feel moderately silly when I wear it, but, I always feel silly the first few times I wear a knit item I've made. Am I the only one like that?
Why yes, that is the lovely hand-dyed yarn I blogged about a few weeks ago. Thank you for noticing!
The second thing I knit was a Shawl Collared Cowl. The pattern is by Alana Dakos. Available here.
This was the first pattern I have purchased from Alana (AKA Nevernotknitting) and I liked it alot. The patterns have all been recently redesigned and are gorgeous. My only complaint (and it's a small one) is that the pdf is so image heavy that it becomes bulky and printing it took me forever. I'm talking a long time. I kept shutting down my computer because it was thinking so long about each page that I assumed it had already finished.
I had to improvise a bit with my knitting since I didn't have enough of the Grignasco Jazz (the lighter orange). I think it looks pretty good, although the cowl could certainly use a block so it lays more flat. I haven't bothered yet because I wear it under a coat and it looks great that way as is. It really does look like I have a big sweater on. I like that it isn't too bulky down my front as well (like a normal scarf can be).
There is the Brady Bunch pose again... haha
I'm going to post this next photo, just because I look so darn serious, which I kind of love.
When I posted my photos on Ravelry yesterday, a few people mentioned that they really liked my hair cut (they thought!) but it was hard to see. I agree. I hadn't actually styled my hair when I took these photos, which is why I was wearing the hat to cover it up. I do like the way its flippy when I'm wearing hats.
I did decide to go back and take a few more photos after I styled my hair, just so you can all say you have seen the new cut. It was several hours later and a lot darker. I also couldn't figure out the remote this time around.... Here's what I came up with... I guess I should have worn a thick sweater or something, I look super tiny in these photos. Oh well, I like that they are a little raw.