This is a repost of an entry I did approximately 3 years ago which was, mostly, about the sweater that Joe is wearing. But there's also quite a bit about the hat....which is exactly the same hat that I made for Adam this fall. Same construction method, same principle for reduction, but this one is felted so consequently was originally 1/3 bigger and also knit up with a finer yarn. I believe at the time I referred to it as Joe's Interminable Hat. I should probably work up an actual pattern for people from Newborn to Big Man size.
Joe and I went out for a drive today to look for interesting places to photograph. As you can see here both Joe and I found a few interesting things. He is taking pictures with his super hi-price pro digital camera complete with a large pack of accessories and an enormous tripod. He is taking pictures of the Saco River and I am taking pictures of him -- but I am using my I-Phone. I wanted you to see the sweater. I made this for him this winter and it is, I am embarrassed to say, the first sweater I have ever made him. Since we have been married almost 25 years I have no respectable excuse to give you. In my defense I did make him the hat. Let me tell you about that hat.
He wanted a felted hat that was windproof. It should also not be the least bit scratchy. And it had to be black. I knit that hat out of recycled cashmere and merino (both black) and neither one the least bit scratchy. Recycled yarn is obtained from unraveling sweaters, so the yarn is fine and crinkly. Also, in order to felt something to size you have to make it at least 1/3 bigger in all directions than the finished product. So, between the fine crinkly yarn, the completely black color scheme, the enormous size, the tiny stitches and the complete lack of anything interesting going on in the way of pattern or anything else this hat is the equivalent in interminable knitting of at least one sweater -- quite possibly two.
The good thing is that he loves the hat and has worn it almost constantly for the last 7 years. So it seemed he had earned a sweater. I want to point out the nice way that the cable runs across his shoulders and down the arm. I believe while I was taking pictures I also commented on how splendid the sweater looked from the back, adding that he always had a very nice rear aspect. That is what elicited the look that you see here. I believe he is wondering what exactly I might be implying and, perhaps, how best to follow up.