It's another one of those projects that I've had on hand for years and have only recently gotten around to choosing colors for. Turns out choosing colors was the easy part.
I purchased the pattern based on a finished sample I fell in love with at Sisu Designs. But now that I was ready to actually study the pattern, I just could NOT see the wolf in the chart.
I even called my friend Anna who is familiar with the pattern and she assured me that, yes, there was a wolf there. "He's sitting on his haunches," she said. Well, I just didn't see it.
Here's where having a five year old son comes in handy. As I was pulling out my hair trying to see how this could possible end up as a wolf, Jack grabbed the pattern and ran away. In all of the commotion, I caught a glimpse of the pattern from another angle.
Ta-da! There he is, howling at the moon. I see it now. It just took looking at things a little differently. It's so obvious to me know that I can hardly believe it.
This is only my second attempt at fair isle knitting, which may explain some of this. It may also explain why now, 7-1/2 inches into the project, I need to rip it back to the beginning. You see, the hat is all puckered. I consulted with Anna again today, and she showed my how I can adjust my technique and get rid of the pucker. Thank you Anna! Back to the beginning I go.
Unfortunately, Mr. Wolf will have to hibernate for a while. He's going to be made out of wool, and that's not going to work for my chemo cap project, which is what I am focusing on right now. At least when it's time to revisit Mr. Wolf, I'll know which way I'm supposed to read the chart.