Posted by: christinelaennec | March 30, 2014

Ad airson Annag (a hat for Annie)

Wow, it’s nearly April!  Hard to believe.  Here in Glasgow we’ve had very Aberdeeny weather:  fog and cold winds.  I’m not sure why the wind doesn’t blow the fog away, but that’s another conversation.  Things at our house are pretty good.  The Dafter was invited to a friend’s house nearby and was able to manage a couple of hours with kids her own age, which was the first such event in a good few years.  She’s had to rest for the two days since then, but we’re not back in relapse territory.  Also, the clocks went forwards this morning, so the evenings are decidedly lighter.

In other news, the Community Choir I joined recently performed in church this morning.  We sang a lovely song called “Look at the World” by John Rutter.  The children had never sung with us before, and they all collapsed into fits of giggles when we came booming along in four-part harmony.  (Unlike in the video, there were about 15 children and 20 adults.  But it was still a good sound, I think.)

Anyhow, let me show you a knitting project.  (Once again, thank Goodness for knitting!)  In January I had the good fortune to meet up with my dear friends Annie and Alasdair.  They live in Benbecula, on the Outer Hebrides, but have family in Glasgow, and were here visiting.  Annie was admiring the hat I had on, which was a Christmas present a few years back from the amazing Roobeedoo.  I don’t have Roobeedoo’s hat-making talent (she made me Aeonium, if you want to see an amazing hat). But I was able to make Annie a similarly-shaped hat, which turned out pretty well:

Annie's hat:  "Bramble Beret" by Courtney Kelley, made from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran wool.

Annie’s hat: “Bramble Beret” by Courtney Kelley, made from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran wool.

I say “pretty well” – there are mistakes, not least of which is that despite my best efforts, I didn’t decipher the instructions correctly enough to realise that you have to start the chart part-way through so that the unusual brim design lines up with the petals of the flower.  Oh well!  I should have done my Ravelry research beforehand, I suppose.

However, I don’t think Annie will mind in the least.  She was delighted with it, and said it perfectly matches her blue coat, which was a felicitous accident.  I enjoyed making it enough that I might make another one for myself sometime – now that I understand the pattern.

Happy start of a new week to you all!



  1. I am so glad the Dafter has been able to get out and meet some young people.
    The hat is brilliant. And I have had the same experience of knitting a complicated pattern and not completely realising until too late how the bits relate to each other. It’s fortunate that the mistakes are not usually very noticeable!

  2. okay …. love the hat! it is gorgeous and I can’t see any mistakes at all. Christine, it’s lovely. I watched the youtube and couldn’t believe the size of the choir he’s conducting. whew! beautiful words in the song and I found another of his songs “A Gaelic Blessing”. really wonderful.

  3. Lovely that the dafter has been able to mix with friends her own age, for both of you. The hat is beautiful, the pattern and the colour, I can’t see any obvious mistakes it is great. Have a great week.

  4. What a beautiful hat, and I am so happy for your daughter getting to go out with friends. Such lovely times you always share with us.

  5. I am so happy for your sweet daughter that she was able to get out and do a bit of visiting. I’m sure it lifted her spirits on a foggy day! The hat is beautiful – so intricate- it is amazing. A lovely color blue. The change of time is always so welcome this time of year. I hope you get a change of weather to go along with it. We have had so much rain here, but I am hoping for a drier April. Wishing you a lovely week. xo karen

  6. Great news about the Dafter and what a hat, you’re always amazing me!

  7. The hat is just beautiful!!!! And I’m so glad you are enjoying the choir! Rutter’s music is lovely so I’m sure it must have sounded really nice. What good news the Dafter could get out for a few hours! That must have brought such joy to your soul! Long may this continue!

  8. Such a lovely hat Christine. What do you call that beautiful shade of blue? Great news about your girl!!!

  9. I’m not usually a fan of hats, but even I’m own over by this one. So pretty!! My mind boggles at all of you who can knit or crochet.

    Glad to hear of the Dafter’s socialising escapades and pray that all is well with your family xo

    • *won, not ‘own’. Must master the art of proof reading!

  10. What a milestone the Dafter’s visit must be. The event covered in two sentences but I’m imagining there’s a novel-worth of thoughts and feelings that have been left unsaid.

  11. Thanks everybody, for your good wishes! As oldblack says, the Dafter’s visit was a huge thing, but too huge to express adequately.

    The fault in the hat is cleverly concealed in the photograph, as the brim is folded under! If I do make another one, and get it right, I’ll show you the brim.

    Laura – no worries at all. I’m just the same! Thanks for your prayers.

  12. So glad for the Dafter – and for you and Michael by proxy.
    Haven’t commented until now because I’ve been racking my brains for something intelligent to say about the hat, as a non-knitter. Can’t find anything, so I will just say genuinely if feebly that it’s a lovely colour, my goodness it looks complicated, and I’m sure the recipient will cherish it.

    • Thanks Linda! No need to feel you must comment on knitting, by the way.

  13. […] Alasdair is about as difficult to photograph as the elusive corncrake, but Annie let me take her photo.  As she didn’t expressly forbid me to put it online, let me show you “Annag chòir”.  (Dear Annie.  Owner of a cabled hat.) […]

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