Last but not least!

 
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Tom and I sat for ages contemplating this name... it's been on my list forever to design a pattern worthy of this name, which has been quite the challenge as I'm not sure many designs are, but at the same time I felt I wouldn't be me if I didn't push the boat (at some point) in that direction.

Did I ever tell you that my school teachers used to know me as "the rebel without a cause"?

 
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This design consists quite literally of tiny revolutions doing their thing over and over again. They may be somewhat squarer than a more familiar spiral but yet they are lines moving through their own revolutions.

 
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This was the first mosaic design I worked on that didn't have key lines marking the end and beginning the panel. And that meant I had to approach the maths a little differently... lines breaking up the panels on sideways knits provide uber useful tolerance or padding room. Take that away and you have to be much more precise, and even more so when you give yourself gauge and size restrictions (each design works on the same gauge and has exactly the same number of rows at the brim in each panel).

It was worth the effort.

 
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So that’s all 6 designs from the Convergence collection introduced! Follow the categories for this post to see the others, and find yarn info (sorry but I got bored typing out the same thing over and over).

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This design may look like an all over mosaic pattern but it's more like a motif with the way it sits within the panel.

 
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This design does have you breaking one of the key mosaic knitting rules - at a couple of points you slip 5sts, not 3sts... which for mosaic purists will be very troublesome but I promise there's a good reason for it! And there are ways to manage those long floats, and we’re working on a tutorial for that.

 
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The all over geometric pattern and the way it works towards the centre at the crown reminded me of urban planning and city sprawls. Like a maze of streets and blocks.

 
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We took these photos in the room next to where we shot High Rise and there was one streak of light was just enough provided I stood at the end of it and bounced it back towards Anju! This whole collection has been an experiment in playing with light and we've rather enjoyed it :)

 
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This collection is due the first week of September. The first folks to hear about it will be members of The Woolly Hat Society and Patreon supporters. Yarn info has been given in another post, follow the categories at the bottom of this post to find it :)

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This design is a little different from the rest as it doesnt feature an all over mosaic pattern but instead features a mosaic motif that is repeated around the Hat within the panels.

 
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Folks may be wondering how it is that it's done, as within mosaic you can't (shouldn't!) slip more than 3sts at a time and well... with this pattern you don't.

The motif is supported in the panel by short rows.

 
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And I gotta say, I was rather chuffed with the engineering of this one :)

Because it is heavily engineered, it needed to be.

 
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There are few external areas to the derelict quarries but we felt this area apt for Hat, given the columns supporting the machinery structures and a plant's want to stretch up to the sunlight. It makes the lighting on Anju different but I like it.

 
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And the name? Think of the way trees grow up towards the sunlight... it is a literal uprising. You may also notice that the names have other meanings, too.

Every name used reflects things that come together. Things that converge at the centre. But they also reflect the troubling times we live in… this wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice, but I am aware of it and am totally OK with it, too. Because not all of the words have negative meaning. Many, if not most, have optimism hidden in there. Actions and hope. Some give pause for thought. And some we are already familiar with.

 
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This collection is due the first week of September. The first folks to hear about it will be members of The Woolly Hat Society and Patreon supporters. Yarn info has been given in another post, follow the categories at the bottom of this post to find it :)

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We originally planned to import our car once we’d been able to get residency, as that was the (then) cheapest option and we like our car; it’s a solid reliable runner with many more years in her.

But then at the start of this year the Italian government introduced an eco tax on importing diesel vehicles - only cars, and only private cars, not vans or commercial vehicles - and given the size of the engine we'd have been looking at an extra €3,000 on top of the import charges. Not to mention that we'd be losing our no claims bonus (they don't travel so well) and insurance on the car would have been in the region of €1,500 - €2,000. So we'd have been looking a potential €6,000 to keep and run our car.

We just couldn't justify that. We don't have that kind of cash spare!

Theres a legal time limit on getting Italian plates following residency. Even if you’re only domiciled here and not legally resident you still gotta have an Italian car within a couple of months. So the clock was ticking. We didn’t make the 3 month deadline but the local authorities know us and no-one has been getting on our case… we’ve at least had a chance to let the insurance, tax and MOT expire on the Mondeo which somehow feels like less of a waste.

Finally we’ve found a car that we can afford AND fits our criteria.

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2nd hand cars in Italy are more expensive than in the UK. The general cost of insurance is higher, too. Then there are fees for the change of ownership but as the forms are notoriously lengthy and/or difficult it’s easier to use an agency who in turn add their costs. (It cost us €425 to change ownership on this). We knew all of this which is why we’d planned to import our old car but that turned out to be prohibitive.

We’ve been lucky and found this methane/petrol hybrid for under the market value. We bought it from a mechanic who was selling it on behalf of his client. It's had one owner, a family, and we know its history and how well it’s been looked after. It’s the same age as our Mondeo but is in better condition with less mileage on the clock. We're mighty happy.

Methane is a common fuel type here, as is LPG. It’s far cheaper to run (€11 to fill the tank, which does about 250km) and we’ll be saving around €50 a month upwards on fuel which is most welcome.

Methane is also a biofuel, a renewable resource, with lower emissions. We’ve a refill station around the corner but it’s easy enough to find here anyway, certainly a lot easier than in the UK. A methane car was our priority but they’re proportionally more expensive than other 2nd hand cars due to their low running costs, so as I say we’ve been lucky.

There are tax incentives here on buying new methane cars, which is encouraging. Same for LPG I believe. But the cost of 2nd hand methane cars isn’t so encouraging; a 2nd hand diesel car would cost a lot less. It just goes to highlight that unless you have enough money to spend in the first place you don’t get to benefit from reduced long term costs or a lower carbon footprint.

The new car is Citroen Berlingo, a van-car with all the storage - we’ve had a roomy estate car for years and going forward being able to use the car for more than just school or airport runs was a must. Ours is not one of the higher end models so it doesn’t have all of the extra cool features but it still has more storage than the average car and Tom has been keeping himself busy finding various hidden compartments. We’ve friends who work for breakers so we're going to put word out for spares and see if we can’t soup it up a bit.

There's still a couple more things we need to do to complete residency but sorting out the car has been the most urgent and most costly. The other things can fall into place now and shouldn't take months to sort out. And they certainly won't make us illegal if we don't do them tomorrow.

We should be ready come 31st October.

And now we need to scrap a perfectly good car, as it’s not cost effective to take it back to the UK and sell it. Brexit continues to be mighty costly and bittersweet.

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This design appears less mosaic as the others in the Convergence collection, but it absolutely uses mosaic knitting techniques. The stripes in the panel work towards a crown shaping that reflects skyscrapers, hence the name.

 
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In every collection there's always one Hat that's harder to shoot than the others - in Elemental it was Opal. And for this collection, 'Convergence', it was this one. The shots are lovely and perhaps not quite as clear of the Hat pattern as others, but it's ok as this pattern doesn't have as much detail as others.

I've just remembered this was shot in the same room as Opal... maybe the room is jinxed?

 
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Because this pattern isn't all over mosaic slipped stitches, it's also the slouchiest of the collection. There is room in the pattern to add or remove repeats of the stitch pattern to adjust the depth, and of course the number of required panels can also be adjusted, just like the others.

Talking of which, the panels are designed to be 2in/5cm wide at the brim if gauge is met so it makes it easier to adjust. 8 panels however gives the smoothest crown for each, so you do also have the option of adjusting gauge if you'd like to keep the number of panels the same.

 
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The adjustment points for each Hat are marked in a similar way to the Inversion Hats… some have a smaller pattern repeat, like this one, that allows finer adjustments in the depth. Others, like Construct, have little wiggle room and would be best adjusted via gauge. There are though at least options for changing sizes which is pretty important.

 
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This collection is due the first week of September. The first folks to hear about it will be members of The Woolly Hat Society and Patreon supporters. Yarn info has been given in another post, follow the categories at the bottom of this post to find it :)

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