No Friday Inspiration this week - unless you are inspired by owls, which I do think are quite inspiring!
I've been working on the first of three owl hats for awhile, caught up in what buttons to use for the eyes. They really need a 1/4 inch button , but the only ones I could find were white, which sorta made them look like zombie owls to me. Nothing wrong with zombie owls if that's what one is going for, but I wasn't! Finally I realized, wait - I make buttons, I should make them. So .... about 40 clay buttons later I got 18 that had holes big enough for a needle and that I didn't break while sanding! It was worth it, though!
I have another hat ready for more eyes and a third planned in snowy owl colors - I'll either get good at these or go crazy!
About the pattern - it's an older one by Penny Straker and available here on Ravelry or her website here. The pattern itself is pretty easy, but (and it might just be me) I had trouble on some parts understanding exactly what was being said. And if you're making it and absolutely cannot find where the cabling instructions for the hat are (I spent WAY too much time looking for them!), they are at the bottom of page one under "Shape Armholes." Also, I almost converted it to a knit in the round pattern and then read the comments of one knitter who said she did and regretted doing so because it was very hard to sew the buttons on a completed hat. So I left it and am glad I did! One has 18 of these tiny buttons to sew on and it would have been way too fiddly if the hat was not flat.
So, on to more buttons and the snowy owl!
Happy Creating! Deborah