Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to School: Cecily

Cecily Beret in DiC Smooshy "Happy Forest"
I never cease to marvel at the incredible talents of our knitpal designers. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by a cohort of super talented designers that seems to effortlessly churn out patterns that keep us interested and knee-deep in fabulous knits. One of those designers, Melissa of Knitting School Dropout fame, just won't quit with the amazing. Case in point: the Cecily Beret.
Cecily Beret in DiC Smooshy "Happy Forest"
The Specs
Pattern: Cecily Beret by Knitting School Dropout.
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, 'Happy Forest', .75 a skein.
Needles: 1 and 2.5 16 mm addi turbos.
Mods: Please don't.
Cecily Beret in DiC Smooshy "Happy Forest"
'Happy Forest' just happens to be my most favorite Dream in Color ever. I feel that it should be renamed 'Happy Place', or why not even 'Happy Pill'? I suggest this because the effect this luscious green has on me is akin to pharmaceutically-enhanced euphoria. YES it's the yarn equivalent of ____________(fill in the blank with your drug of choice. I'll choose poppers c. 1981, before its deleterious effect on the brain was so harshly revealed and they became, well, not even slightly fun. Hmph.)
Cecily Beret in DiC Smooshy "Happy Forest"
This pattern was the type of affair that the more intrepid among us could whip up in a few days. I chose to do mine slow boat to China style and It has been ages since I've knit something at such a fine gauge. Far too long! This was a pure joy from start to finish, so I strongly recommend you give it a whirl.
Cecily Beret in DiC Smooshy "Happy Forest"
Melissa is a seriously talented knitter who deserves your full attention. You know another designer who is nothing short of freakishly talented? Larissa! And if you high tail it over to her blog you might win something truly exciting...

13 comments:

Chantal Boucher said...

i'm a fan of Melissa Labarre. This beret is really really nice. Bravo!

SJ said...

This is an ab fab hat! Completely with you on the green, too. Hmm, I have some pretty green sock weight handspun in my stash ... (It's no Happy Forest, but it'll do in a pinch, I think.)

Heather said...

Oh, that is wonderful. You are right, no mods, it is perfect.

larissa said...

Your rendition of this hat is just beautiful. Wow. (And thank you.)

cauchy09 said...

gah, that green! the hat is quite lovely too. gonna have to check out that pattern...

Sarah said...

Yours is the only blog I know that seamlessly combines references to the early 80s drug scene and pretty handknit hats.

nicole said...

super-duper pretty!

btw,I had to google poppers (I lived a very sheltered life in the early 80s. My drug of choice back then was diet coke and duran duran).

Caffeine Girl said...

That is a gorgeous hat. I do love DIC Smooshy. I've never gone wrong with it!

margaux said...

love that hat!! Melissa does such gorgeous work. (you're knitting's not to shabby either!)

Yarny Days said...

So beautiful! Gorgeous hat.

Rue said...

Happy Forest is my absolute favorite color, too! I love how the beret looks great worn slouchy as opposed to a traditional beanie. I may have to try that!

Andi said...

Gorgeous pattern and color!

nova said...

The hat is lovely, but the green is spectacular. I am thinking of starting a love affair with green.