I received some gorgeous Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran weight for Christmas in 2012, alongside Saturday Treat by Ysolda Teague. As soon as I opened it up, I knew wanted to make Almond Comfit first, a cute beret with an interesting construction and a fun lace detail. I wasn't entirely sure I would use the Scrumptious yarn for the project, though it was the yarn specified in the pattern. I had reservations about it being too dark, since I had the Midnight shade - a deep, dark blue.
It sat in my stash for nearly a year when I remembered it and decided to match pattern with yarn as the pattern intended and just go for. So, in December I knocked out a dark blue Almond Comfit in just over a week.
I rather like it.
Pattern: Almond Comfit by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran in Midnight
Notes: I followed the pattern to the letter. This is one of those patterns that requires trust. The construction is very clever and at first I found it hard to visualize. All worked out in the end, though. I really like the reverse stockinette i-cord.
I find berets a bit difficult to wear - I always think the way they lump in the back looks a bit funny on me. I also don't wear hats too often these days, since the winter here hasn't been particularly cold. Still, right now my hair works very well with berets, since I can have the necessary bits sticking out the front so that I don't look bald. I am thinking about growing my hair long again, so I'd better wear the heck out of this hat while my hair cooperates.
One more catch-up FO post from 2013 to go - and then I'll get on with my 2014 WIPs.