Japanese Butterfly Lace Beret Delivered

I did it. I parted with that beautiful hat. It was the plan all along, but it was a test of personal accountability to actually follow through with my original intentions.

It was worth it. She phoned me twenty minutes later in a very happy mood and said that her gift was “exquisite.”

Good. 🙂

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Finished: Japanese Butterfly Lace Beret

Meet the model: Giant Penguin.
He thinks this hat is “cool.” (Hehehe)
This beret was created for a friend, and I just have this thing about wearing someone else’s stuff before they get to wear it, so I decided to have Giant Penguin step in as my model in order to avoid stray hairs or anything else that would be kind of embarassing to show up in a gift.

Anyway, the technical stuff:
Pattern: Lace Beret #13 from Vogue Knitting Fall 2009
Yarn: KnitPick’s Bare Merino Wool Sock Yarn, about half a skein (220 yards or so)
Needles: US #1 & #3 circulars, #3 dpns

Notes: The ribbing for this thing is just plain torture. However, once you get into the lace pattern, it’s pretty fun. I like this hat. I’m slightly tempted to make one for myself as well.

And blocking over a dinner plate is super amusing:I could not keep her away from the thing while it dried. Hopefully there’s no Dorito fingerprints on it–I kept moving the plate to various spots where I thought she couldn’t get to it, but she kept proving me wrong.

There’s not much else to say about this cute little beret, except that I need to walk it over to its recipient. I am sad to let this one go, I’ve come to like it so very much!

Japanese Butterfly Lace Beret

Yeah, it’s not too terribly exciting to look at right now, but I’m very eager to see how it turns out.

And yes, I know that I have the Peacock Stole I should be working on…and that my head is still bare and releasing precious heat every time I wander outside in this frigid landscape. I really should be focusing on those projects.

However, I was sitting in church last week, and I started just looking around the congregation and when my gaze fell upon one of my friends I had the thought to make a hat for her. Having plans to start making a hat for myself after I finished the Bella Mittens, I shook my head and dismissed the thought–it’s not my job to furnish the world with handknit goods.

However, during Relief Society that same friend said something about promptings: “Just do it, even if you have no idea why.” So I decided to make her a hat.

This is the Lace Beret Pattern (#13) from Vogue Knitting’s Fall 2009 issue. I’m using KnitPick’s Bare Merino Wool Sock Yarn, from the stash, after deciding that I wasn’t going to buy any more yarn this year. I’ve never actually knit with just plain white before, and I’m really liking how it’s turning out.

I am becoming envious of this beret…but I can’t pilfer two intended gifts in a row, so this will most definitely go to its intended recipient. And besides, it probably won’t even fit me anyway because I have an enormous head and I’m making this in the smaller size. Thwarting my own greediness from the start…smart move.