I see from my Farmer’s Almanac that today is in fact the first day of spring! (In New Hampshire, at least.) Yesterday it snowed most of the day but the wind was so fierce it just seemed to blow past. My darling neighbour and friend, Mary Morrison, used to say “it’s always windy at the Equinox” and so often it’s true. I kept the fire going and tried to keep the poor Dafter warm. Her nails turn blue, she gets so cold! Heavy snow is forecast for Friday and the weekend. I can’t say I’m too surprised, because I have quite often seen snow lying the first week of April in Aberdeen.
From weather to hats – the two are obviously related. Recently Tina of Tea and Woolly Socks made a late-winter hat. As I’d bought a skein of discontinued Noro yarn in a fit of complete self-indulgence (because I need more yarn like I need a hole in the head), I thought: yes! I, too, need a late-winter hat! So I used it to make the Buttoned Cloche:
I would have liked to make the version with a longer brim, but I’m happy enough with how this turned out and the garter stitch was very therapeutic to knit. I didn’t make a proper flap with buttonholes, but just extended it a little bit, and sewed the buttons through. Here’s a photo of me in it, taken by the Dafter:
Hilariously, a perfect stranger in Edinburgh said, “I like your hat!” to me. I was very startled and replied, “Thanks, it’s fresh off the needles!” I have no idea whether he understood what kind of needles I was talking about.
Happy Vernal Equinox everyone!