As you’ve likely noticed, I’ve taken a little break from the jewelry making and sewing (except some Christmas gifts) to do some knitting. This winter, I found my collection of cold weather woolies to be quite lacking, and I’ve decided to amend this. I usually knit things and give them away, and it’s great fun, but this year I’m focusing on filling in all those gaps in my wardrobe. First, I made a hemlock ring tam in Elsebeth Lavold Baby Llama. I used the doily pattern through row 47, then winged it the rest of the way. I think it’s beautiful, but it’s a bit small. I like bigger, floppier hats. Not a failure by any means, but not quite what I was going for. I love the design, and think I will knit it a bit larger.
Since I didn’t feel that this quite fulfilled my hat needs, I immediately cast on another hat. This time, in Malabrigo Rios in “Purpuras”, a lovely gift from Sara. I think this may be my new favourite multi-colour yarn. It is the softest, most lofty superwash wool I’ve ever used. I’ve already picked up another skein in the “Archangel” colourway. The hat I made was the Foliage pattern featured on Knitty in fall 2007.
Detail of hat
When I blocked this bad boy, I thought it would fit a bus. I was devastated. Somehow, it either shrank a lot when it dried, or I have a really enormous head. I’m not sure which, but I LOVE THIS HAT.