Getting back into the swing of things…

Colorful leaves and a chill in the air always make me want to curl up in a chair and knit or crochet. So when summer wound down a couple of weeks ago, I pulled out my knitting books and magazines in search of the perfect pattern to get me back into the swing of things. I wanted something quick, but challenging, so I picked the Gretel Tam from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch’n Bitch Superstar Knitting.

It was pretty, it had cables (something I need to practice more) and I figured it would come in handy this winter since in theory it should fit over my longer hair better than my old hat. So…Nick and I found a new show to watch (Six Feet Under) and I cast on using Red Heart Super Tweed in Pinkberry, excited about my new hat!

15147020910_f8fb374512_oHowever, that excitement waned last week as somewhere along the way I lost count of my stitches; which isn’t all that surprising considering I got sucked into the Fisher family’s drama. I mean what is up with Brenda and Billy? Will David ever learn to relax? Is Ruth going to be miserable forever? She just wants to connect and be happy, but she doesn’t know how to do those things and it’s painful watching her try…

Needless to say I went back on some cables when I should have gone front, as I watched these people’s lives unfold. I decreased too much too soon and I ended up “finishing” the hat around row 48 when I should have been able to keep going until row 58.


So I ended up with this stiff hat that fits more like a cloche than a tam and/or looks like a weird chefs hat if worn farther back on my head, which is dissapointing.

This one is definitely getting put in the box of stuff I have waiting in my car to take to charity:


Here’s a picture of what it’s supposed to look like from the designer’s website:

Gretel Tam - photo and design by Ysolda of

Gretel Tam – photo and design by Ysolda of

















So pretty!!

I’m going to have to try this one again in the future. Perhaps if I knit it during my commute to/from work, it will turn out better. Normally I would’ve ripped it up (or frogged it for you knitting purists) and started again, but with all the cables and decreasing that would have been more work than it was worth. For now Stitch’n Bitch Superstar Knitting, is going back on the shelf while I work on an embroidery project for my friend Heather’s baby shower next weekend.

More on that soon!