Seven Pairs of Wolfies

More wolves today! As Mom described in yesterday’s post, my little sis has been into wolves for a long time. She has also developed a blazing love for cats, and her own beloved Kirby-dog is about as un-wolfish as they can get. Basically, if you are a member of the animal kingdom, this kid is on your side. But wolves are still high on the list.

This is my third or fourth year making something wolf/dog-themed for Bethany for Christmas. But this year she is 12, entering into teenagehood in a few short months. She’s almost as tall as her other older sister, and is starting into that awkward phase where self-consciousness and insecurity sometimes seem like almost insurmountable foes. I think even our own strong-willed little B will have struggles weathering that storm we call coming-of-age.

I still remember being in college the first time our middle sister, Leah at age 12, confronted me with “stop treating me like a little kid!” I was thunderstruck, and stopped indeed. I find myself determined avoid the same mistake with the youngest sibling.

So this year, I wanted to find something wolvish that was a little more grown-up. You can imagine my surprise and delight, then, to find just the ticket in a beautiful fair-isle hat based on a Little House book.

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Pattern Review: Laura and the Wolf is a simple, tasteful, beautiful fair-isle hat. It has the added benefit of being free. It’s the designer’s first pattern, and she did a great job of selecting and balancing colors, and creating attractive motifs. Fourteen wolf faces stare out from the first fair isle section, and I decided to make them dark brown. My one warning is to watch yourself at the crown decreases; she uses an unusual symbol three blocks wide to represent a centered double decrease. I would have been saved ripping back the first few crown rows several times if I had just read the key, of course.

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It is a beautiful crown pattern, though, and quite worth getting right. I used some of my Jamieson & Smith leftovers from Sheep Heid and The Sweater, which are custom-made for something like this. I did regular ribbing on the band instead of twisted ribbing, but only because I (again) didn’t actually read the pattern.

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Merry Christmas, B! I pray that growing up brings you new joys, and that you are always proud of your dearest passions, even as they change along with you.

One thought on “Seven Pairs of Wolfies

  1. Linda says:

    It’s gorgeous on her. I might borrow it too……

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