Yarn: Novita Joki #871 (100% wool)
Needles: 3.5mm and 4.0 mm
I wasn't going to knit a beret. I wasn't going to buy more yarn. I have too many projects on my needles and my head is filled with ideas for the next 100 projects or so. I have way too many skeins of yarn (if it is possible to ever have too many?) and I'm starting to run out of cupboard and drawer space to stash them.
A small note: I can't leave skeins of yarn lying around, or any wips either for that matter, because our cat Milla is totally infatuated with yarn. She steals everything woolen she can get her claws on, and carries them around like a mother cat carries kittens. She licks them and you know how a cat's tongue is all rough? You can just guess how fuzzy wool yarn gets when a cat licks it. If Milla has one of her crazy moments, she might even play with the yarn and mess the whole skein up. She also eats the yarn, which is the foremost reason I don't leave yarn where she can get it: she has eaten yarn on more than one occasion and it can be dangerous if it gets stuck or clogs her intestines.
Photo above borrowed from Novita
But this yarn was just so pretty, how could I resist it? It had all of my favorite colors, those of autumn: rusty orange, yellowish and greenish brown and dark red. I just had to have it. I decided it doesn't count as buying more yarn or starting another knitting project if I use the yarn right away by knitting something that won't take much time. Genius, isn't it? So I came up with the idea of knitting a beret, as I do like wearing them and even though it's still July, autumn is just around the corner.
Midway through the skein there was a bit of a surprise though. After turning from orange to red to brown, the yarn goes blue. And not like a foggy blue but petrol. The contrast is too much in my opinion, and I seldom buy variegated yarns because I like subtler color changes than they usually have. This skein looked good on the outside, because the blue was inside it and only the reddish hues were showing. A quick fix with scissors in my hand: I cut the blue part away and continued where the yarn turned back to brown again. Problem solved.
I really really really like this beret. It's just the right size, not too small but not too slouchy either, and the fabric is just thick enough for autumn. And the colors. I do love them!
P.S. Don't get me wrong, the blue part of the yarn was also of a really pretty hue, but it didn't look good with the rest of the colors in my opinion. I stashed it to use in some other project.