This time I knitted the twisted rib beanie from Jenny Lord's Purls of Wisdom, using Rico fashion country aran in aubergine and Rico essentials soft merino aran in mouse grey. I prefer the merino aran, the aubergine is just a bit sheddy and scratchy. I followed the suggested adaption to make the beanie into a fisherman style... that is I added extra rows so the contrast could be turned up.
And I do like those twisted ribs. My attempts at photographing this hat without a head just didn't show those nice twists, and you may wonder why the hat is squashed into the corner of the chair, propped up with a cushion. Well, I found that in the absence of a head a balloon makes for an adequate substitute. This probably isn't true for all situations where a head is normally required, but for modelling woolly makes it really is fine. Here is the photograph I have including a head, but with the general gloominess it is rather dark!