Now, on to being hapless. Soon after Kate Davies' Colours of Shetland book came out last year I cast on for the Northmavine Hap. I am not a lace knitter. I am afraid of knitting lace. But I fell in love with the beautiful colours in this hap, and decided to gather up my courage and cast on. Except for one mistake early on, when I was knitting late in the evening and didn't notice I hadn't switched colours where I should have, I was making good progress. Then we put our house up for sale.
I put the hap aside for awhile, thinking that I would pull it back out once we got settled into our new home. But it's always a deadly thing to stop working on a project. All momentum is lost, and other new projects look so much more appealing than the stale one gathering moths in the closet. Then I thought for sure I would pick it up again after returning from Shetland, but then I got onto that Fair Isle kick.
Finally, after a year's time out, last month I pulled the hap out of hibernation. It took me almost as long to figure out where I was in the pattern, and what I was doing, as it did to actually finish it.
A hap is meant to be practical - something worn to protect against the cold and wind. It is long enough it can be wrapped around and tied at the back, keeping it out of the way while one works. This seems like a good feature, even if I don't plan to be out cutting peat for the fire any time soon.
It is the polar opposite of the fine knitted shawls one usually associates with Shetland. In fact, when we were in Shetland last September Jean and I were corrected when we called a hap a shawl. I'm still not sure what to think of the information that lady gave us though, as I have since seen haps called shawls. If anyone wants to weigh in on this I would love to hear if the lady was correct. Can you call a hap a shawl?
I had my doubts about just how warm this hap would be, given it is riddled with holes (intentionally put there, not the kind left by moths). It turns out it is perfect for cool spring days, and I think I will be wearing this a lot.
I actually kind of liked knitting this, and would like to try it in a different colour scheme. I'm open to suggestions for colours. Except for yellow. I look like I have a tropical disease if I wear yellow.