It's.... a beret!
Pattern: some old Swedish knitting book I've forgotten the name of
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk
(beret) and Kampes 2-ply 100% wool
Yarn source: A birthday gift from my dear friend Catrin
(the Alpaca Silk) and Marias Garn
(Kampes, actually left overs from the fair isle gloves
Needles: I have no idea, I've completely forgotten. 5 mm perhaps?
Unbelievable, I have two FO's and it's only January! This didn't even make it to the WIP list, not beacue it was a quick knit, but because it was more of a pattern test that turned out really nice. I actually finished knitting this project in... probably October, but I didn't seam it up until the beginning of January (because seaming is boring) and then it took me a couple of weeks to finish the pom pom, because pom poms are also obviously boring to make. But it turned out lovely! However, in my enthusiasm over finishing the pom pom, I was trimming it and did such a thorough job that I trimmed off the strands of yarn I was supposed to use for attaching the bloody thing thing to the bloody hat! D'oh!
Anyway, I'm a calm person and was accepting the fact that it could turn into a sucessful cat toy, but after about 2 minutes of playing with it, my cats were bored with it. Then I realized that I could probably attach a new strand of yarn if I just dug into the pom pom and located the yarn that holds the whole package together. D'uh? To my defence I have to say that it only took me about 10 minutes to come to this conclusion and therefore solve the problem...
About pom poms in general: It's bloody hard to get one's scissors in between the pieces of cardboard, and if I didn't have that cute little knife I bought for my class in chinese vegetable sculpting
I would probably have tossed the stinking pom pom in the bin. But never mind about that, I finished it, but will probably not make any more pom poms in the near future.
About the beret: It's very soft and warm, however, since both alpaca and silk are rather... unelastic (is that a word?), it's sits a bit too loose on my already small head. I've decided to do like Grumperina
, and sew a thin elastic cord on the inside of the opening to make it stay on my head a bit better.
Oh, and sorry about some of the photos being so crappy in quality, this is what happens when I am too lazy to go outside on my lunch break and resign to taking photos in my office.