May has been a very busy month. A major event was the daughter's graduation from college. We are so proud of her. Her hard work and accomplishments made it easy to look past the challenges involved in organizing her graduation party. We survived the mixed-nuts-controversy, the panic over parking, and invitation indignation, all with our sense of humor intact. None of it was actually anything to worry about, and as long as at least two people could keep that in mind at all times, it kept a relative calm over those who prefer to panic. I stayed so busy keeping things flowing that I hardly had any time to socialize, and I kind of liked it that way.
The weather jerks kept telling me about the heat, and I was starting to take it personally. As this attitude was neither positive nor helpful, I decided that I needed to do something. As I cannot control the weather, (not that it would be a good thing if I could) I figured that a sunhat was what I needed to put myself in a better frame of mind.
In the past, I have looked at knitted summer hat patterns, never really found the right one, and I often freeze up when I begin to think about the millinery wire and starch. Anyway, awhile back I thought about sewing a sunhat. I looked at various patterns, and immediately discarded those sized for "average ladies' heads." If that worked for me, I would have already bought one from the store. Then there were the directions for those with more sewing experience wherein the designer throws out some guidelines, and you work out the pattern for yourself. As my experience and skills are not there yet, my search continued. Finally, I found a pattern that I liked, and filed it away for future reference. Fast forward to this week, and I was ready to try.
The pattern comes from Lorenna Buck, and I love it. It fits, protects me from the sun, is comfortable, and I want to make more. Even with my sub-par-sewing-skills and mistakes, it still looks pretty good. I learned as I sewed, and think my next hat should be even better.
With the need for air conditioning comes the need for a new hat for Harrison. I love the pattern and the sizing options mean I could make these for everyone I know. I seriously doubt that I will do that, but I will probably knit more of them for babies.