Thursday, February 14, 2008
Hat attack can kiss my arse, too. Project 7.
So, I just participated in hat attack and found the whole thing... well, crap.
For starters, it's a hat, so more or less everyone in the entire field finished it in an afternoon and sent out, so it was purely up to the discretion of the mail gods.
The pattern, a binary cable hat, where the cables represent the 1s and 0s of binary, was a really great idea, but the execution was a bit meh. The pattern is pretty good, but the directions terrible. I feel like the designer was trying a bit too hard to be geeky.
The complaints have been flying thick and fast, though. First I heard was stickyfingers' rant about lefties being disqualified for crossing cables incorrectly (even though they still crossed behind, and that was all the pattern called for).
Then, a groundswell of complaints on Ravelry about the size of the hats.
Then, this morning, I got a PM from my target, saying that the moderator of the group told her to send back the hat I killed her with because it didn't fit anyone in her family, then I saw that she had already posted in a public forum that my hat was 'so obviously not made to size.'
I used the correct yarn (lamb's pride worsted) and my gauge was exactly on. I followed the pattern exactly and it fit me, but only came about half way down my ears. Incidentally, I checked her hat's project page on Rav and mine hit me almost exactly where hers his her, which is half-way down her ears. Hmmm...
I don't see how it is in any way my fault that a. the pattern is incorrectly sized and b. my target seems to have a giant noggin.
So, yeah, I found the whole experience to be terrible.
I did however, receive a very nice hat (incidentally, knit to too large a gauge, but I'm not contesting whether it killed me, that wouldn't really be in the spirit of the game now, would it?) from my assassin, cathat.
It's made out of a 50% hemp, 50% wool yarn that looks to be hand painted. It's really beautiful.
Here is a photo of it on my parent's dog, because cathat showed a photo of it on her cute puppers.
Pattern: Binary Cable Hat
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in an off-colour (mustard-ish)
Needles: 4.5mm circ (I seem to use this for everything)
Made for: my target, who I won't link to, lest she complain about me again.