My daughter, like many kids her age, literally grew up with the Harry Potter books. They were her first big dive into a hefty chapter book. The last books that I ever read to her, and the first books that she read to herself. She absolutely loved the books and still reads them. She's read the covers right off two of the volumes and asked for replacements, but they had to be the same hardcover editions (ie. the original publications). I was lucky enough to find them at the thrift store for her last Christmas. So she's happy again.
A while ago I showed her a hat I found on Ravelry called "Hermione Hearts Ron" by Christy Aylesworth (I love the way everyone copied the upside down photo that Christy first posted with her hat!). My daughter took one look and said "Oh! I love that hat!!". She recognized it right away from the movie, and was thrilled when I said I would knit it for her. It took a while to get started because I didn't have the very fine wool that the pattern requested. I had some really nice, soft alpaca/wool blend though, and finally decided to just dive in and use that. It turned out not quite as delicate as the original pattern, but I like it. It's just a little bit more "fuzzy & thick" than the original.
I've never blocked the few hats that I have made. Does anyone else block their hats? I just wonder if a bit of blocking would flatten the cables on the top of the hat a little bit. It might be okay when it's on my daughter's head. She has a smaller head than me, so I dare not stretch it over my big noggin!
And one thing I wanted to point out about these photos ... I took Shari's advice and turned my camera to the manual settings for these three photos. The only alteration I made to each photo was to crop them down. The lighting is exactly as I took it. I'm really pleased with the way they turned out Thanks for some great advice Shari!
Now I just have to wait for my daughter to come home next weekend from university so I can take an upside down photo of her wearing this hat to put on Ravelry ;)
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