|subtle textured trilobite on a hat|
For a long time, I've thought about mixing science and craft. I have designed several craft projects that link the two parts of my life, but I always seem to put them off, worried that I don't have the time or skill to do my vision justice. Maybe, just maybe, the tide is turning now. A couple of months ago, I came across Hannah Ingall's trilobite hat on Knitty, and decided to knit it for myself. With all the tricky design work done for me, I could concentrate on learning how to knit bobbles, and how to simultaneously manipulate circular needles and cable needles. I cast on a couple of weekends ago, and on Saturday night after my weekly fix of Strictly Come Dancing, I cast off and sewed in the ends. I have been wearing my trilobite hat pretty much non-stop since then.
|Trilobites on my mind. Well, on my head!|
|Mr Q in the stolen trilobite hat|
1. It's soft, cosy and rustic looking.
2. I lead field classes in Donegal looking at rocks of trilobite-bearing age.
3. The colour is similar to the rocks that many trilobites are found in.
4. The tweedy colours, and angora texture mean that the trilobite is quite subtle, disguising any mistakes, and preventing my students from immediately thinking that I am a total geek. They'll have to be quite observant before they are able to think that!