Furiously knitting

29 Mar

“Do you ever take commissions?” my librarian friend asked.

I cringed inwardly. It can be an awkward question to answer and I gave my standard reply,”Yes, but I have rules.”

Her raised eyebrows were a sort of encouragement to go on, so I explained, “I won’t accept payment and you have to live with my timeline. I could finish it in a week, a year or never. I love to knit but don’t like pressure to perform. I want to knit a project because I love it. What did you have in mind?”



My friend had been on last year’s Printz committee. What she wanted was a pussy hat with the word “Fury” on it, in celebration of Damsel by Elana K. Arnold.

“Let me think and look around,” I said.

I found a free pattern  –  Hamilton Pussyhat by  on Ravelry. – that captured the beauty of the cover.Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 3.39.27 PM

During the Rose City Yarn Crawl, I made it my mission to find some yarn that would capture the colors of the book and work with the pattern. I did.


I took the peace of Spring Break to adapt the pattern, replacing “Rise Up” with “Fury” and began knitting. I learned to knit a Latvian braid and, slowly, but surely, the hat took shape.

It is now finished and blocking. I’ll give it to my friend when I see her at our next book club meeting in two weeks, unless I see her at the library first. I hope it is a good fit.



8 Responses to “Furiously knitting”

  1. jumpofffindwings March 29, 2019 at 7:20 am #

    WOW! That hat is awesome. I love Damsel, too, just featured it in my monthly YA vlog. I love the symbolism of Sorrow turned to Fury. (Man, I wish everyone would read that book!) Thanks for posting this.

    • Adrienne March 29, 2019 at 7:24 am #

      I know!!! It was such an amazing book.

  2. Michelle Strezo March 29, 2019 at 8:42 am #

    Wow, you did a great job. I love that you have guidelines so that you do not feel pressured!

  3. Cara Wegrzyn March 29, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    The hat looks amazing so far! Learning the Latvian braid for this project has to make it fun. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. arjeha March 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

    Amazing. I am sure your friend’s friend will love the hat.

  5. Brian Rozinsky March 29, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

    Wise rules, lovely creation, welcome book recommendation — this slice is thrice a winner as far as I’m concerned.

  6. Lisa Corbett March 29, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

    I like it! The colours are great. I love your rules too. I’ve not read thus book, but will add it to my (ever growing never shrinking) list.

  7. Diane Cherry March 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm #


    Sent from Diane’s iPhone


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