The weather today is all grey and drizzly, and I feel the same way about my knitting at the moment.

After recently discovering the joys of a knitted hat, I decided that I needed another hat in black.  I cast on for the Argyle Lace Hat from Boutique Knits.  With a pay cut looming, I was determined to use a pattern that I already own, rather than splurging on something new just for the sake of it.

I’ve even got cute red buttons in my stash which match perfectly:


I’m a few inches in, but there’s something about this hat that’s just not working for me.

I’m in a bit of a grump with the yarn itself – Madelinetosh Pashmina in Cloak – as it tangled as I was trying to wind it, and I have no tolerance for such things, so it’s now bundled up in to three separate balls after I broke the yarn.  To make matters worse, the colour rubs off whenever I knit with it, leaving me with grotty black marks over my hands.  But the real decider is that the yarn is too fine for this pattern.  I want something thicker for a hat, something with a bit more oomph.  Having said that, the not-quite-black does look nice, and I think it would be perfect in something textured.

All in all, I think I’ll feel better once it’s frogged and I can move on to something less disappointing and more enjoyable.