Here is another hat done for the Soaring Eagles Project. I used this hat to practice color work*, using my left hand, and also to practice knitting Continental.
*yes, I added a comma, because those are two separate things -- I need practice in both color work generally and in using my left hand for the color work
I found that I can knit Continental, and I can maintain gauge. I can see how it could be faster to knit that way, but I need practice. After a while, I got back to throwing, and I can still knit a lot faster that way. I'm not sure I will ever be completely comfortable with that left hand -- I am very right-hand dominant. My keyboarding, one would think, would help with the ambidexterity, and that may prove to be true in the end -- with practice. I also found that I can manage one strand in the left hand and one in the right for color work, and I can definitely see the value in doing so. I will keep on practicing.
This hat will fit better than the first one I sent to the project. Note to self and to anyone who is reading: Ann Budd's hat patterns are HUGE. They must have been written in the era of Big Hair, so as not to squish down one's 'do, or something.
This one is made of Mission Falls 1824 Wool. The pattern is a variation on Susan's Amber hat pattern. The colorwork design is different than Susan's. *cough* (adopt Peewee Herman's voice: I meant to do that.)
And when it came to the crown, I decided to do a spiral-decreased top and add a pompom. I'm especially fond of the raised ridge effect above and below the colorwork.