Little Erica had no sense of style - Little Erica was willing to wear a pink princess nightgown with fairy wings to the grocery store. That was a style I could connect with.
Adult Erica is a totally different person...not a slavish fashionista but she could be if she made more money. The change started when she hit puberty...a trip to the Bobbi Brown counter in Fashion Valley (why didn't I make the connection to the name then???). Then a subscription to Glamour and now she lives in the heart of San Francisco...
She has taste, I'll give her that. And heaven knows I don't have much fashion sense when left to my own devices (I am typing this to you while wearing pink plaid pj bottoms, a grey flowered t-shirt, a plastic headband and fuzzy black slippers in case you doubt my assertion).
So we met in Vegas for lunch. And we happened across the glove, hat, and scarf section of a store. She found stylish curry-colored leather gloves within seconds. I found a kelly-green beret that made me look vaguely seasick (although the shape was pretty - after Erica had rearranged it on my head of course).
I like berets but apparently choose to wear them like every cartoon French painter which is not the best look (according to my "personal shopper" anyway). These days, I am informed, they are worn on the back of the head which I have to admit is an improvement.
I don't like hats across my forehead - they itch. Then I scratch and by the time I arrive anywhere I look like I have a fever or at the very least an odd forehead rash.
I wanted to buy the beret...but I'm trying to be frugal and they only had it in green. I examined the hat and determined that I could easily knit one out of a better color...
I was mistaken.
I unraveled a shawl I had knit last year because I loved the yarn but NEVER wore the shawl (perfect for a photo shoot out on the moors but you can't actually move your arms while wearing the dang thing so it sat in a basket all year).
It turns out that what I can knit is a sad looking toque.
|The ugly "no pattern" wool cap I made.|
So I looked online (thank God for Lion's Brand Yarn free patterns) and found one that didn't look too hard.
|The evil heavy metal double pointed needles|
They slid out of the cap so many times the dogs stopped sitting in my lap for fear of puncture (or maybe my cussing scared them away - I'm not sure).
But the final result was worth it...I think...look...a lovely mass of turquoise and navy.
It was a bit like putting a sweat sock on my head...so I went back online to read the pattern again...I'd done everything they said to do.
Then I caught sight of the pattern reviews and started reading. Aha! It turns out you have to block the darn thing to give it the beret shape. One reader advised using a dinner plate.
So I placed a dinner plate upside down on another serving plate and that helped the edges but it still had that pointed toque like top that I've grown to hate.
So I wet it down and placed a heavy object to weight it.
Finally the poochy part in the center lay flat!
And it fits perfectly!
Even though the boys don't seem to notice my stylish chapeau...