Showing the Mary Jane Mucklestone book to sister Nicky, was a good thing and a bad thing. Nicky was very enthusiastic about the Fair Isle, and asked for a Fair Isle hat for her birthday. So that solves what to give her -good. The yarn and pattern have to be obtained and knitted up....in two weeks.(That is the ...not so good).
So, the pattern was quickly bought by download. The final choice 'Peerie Flooers ', by Kate Davies. A speedy trip to The Wool Merchant, after spinning group, to purchase the yarn, and all was ready.
I had to start the hat, as the yarn was just too tempting to leave be.