(The pattern came out in Spring 2003, so I’m guessing it was fall 2003.) I had picked up an orphan skein of pretty yarn at a LYS around that time, pre-Christmas (sadly, said LYS went out of business subsequently; not for lack of my patronage!). I am a total sucker for orphan skeins, especially on sale, but they don’t even need to be on sale for me to buy them. I feel sorry for them, I guess. Look, Mom, it followed me home!
The yarn was called Cyprus Mohair, from Feza. (It’s color # 255 in this link.) (Now look at the yarn content: 65% acrylic, 35% wool. Hey! Where’s the mohair?!) Current versions of the yarn contain 85% acrylic, 15% mohair. Hmpf. Still. And it’s made in Turkey; what’s up with the Cyprus thing anyway? Still, it was pretty, and just enough yardage to make the coif — good headgear for a long-haired person who pulls her hair back all the time. (Namely, me.)
There was a problem, however. See the coif?
Stockinette bordered in — well, not garter stitch, but kind of. (I knit mine bordered in garter stitch, though.) As you know, stockinette will curl at the sides; if there’s a garter stitch border, the project will curl where the stockinette meets the garter stitch; unless it’s blocked. Well, this yarn didn’t block worth a darn.
Here’s the coif: okay from this view —
but as soon as you pick it up:
the edge curls up like no one’s business. And it wasn’t particularly warm (though I suppose you could argue that wearing a hat that only covers half my head was innately not particularly warm).
So I put it away and didn’t wear it. Because it annoyed me. But I ran across it not long ago as I got out the winter hats, and was struck by an idea. What if I made a warm facing? It would control the roll; and also it would make it warmer.
I had some RYC Cashsoft Aran in black which was soft and warm, and looked to be about the same gauge. I was going to knit it together on every row with the coif, but that quickly proved to be not worth the trouble and didn’t look the best; so I knit the ‘lining’ separately and oversewed it on. Didn’t take long, this weekend.
Here’s the coif now, first belly-side up. What do you think?
The roll is controlled! And it’s so soft and warm.
It still makes me look a little medieval-geeky, but I realized I can tie it under my hair a la Calorimetry, and it’s not quite so nunnish. (No pictures, it’s dark out; maybe I’ll add them in sometime.)
Just in time for winter to arrive.
‘Scuse me, I have to go shovel some more snow now. . . .