Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Finished Object - That Yellow Hat

My son Sam "modeling" for me and sharing his blueberry stained mouth and tongue.

It occurred to me I never showed you pictures of my finished yellow handspun hat.  My first photos of the hat that I shot in December were deemed too serious by a friend of mine so retook them today.  Since it's subzero Fahrenheit here on this January day I only opened the front door for a mere moment to get some natural light, but did not open the storm door or step outside - brrr!  This way I can show you the Honey Cowl I knit to match the hat, and even though it's far brighter and overtakes the hat a bit I'm very happy with the pair.  Now all I need to knit are some matching mittens!  I'd like to make them lined or double knit with the same angora yarn I lined the brim of the hat with for extra warmth.  Any pattern ideas or suggestions? 

The hat pattern I used was called Michele and can be found here.  I started with a provisional cast on knit using the angora yarn for the inner lining and when it was long enough to cover my whole ear I switched to the handspun yarn, knit and one row then purled the next row so the brim would fold easily.  After the lining and the outer sections matched in length, I undid my provisional cast on placing the now "live" stitches on another circular knitting needle and knit the two sections together.  Then I simply followed the pattern as written for the subtle slip stitch rib design.  I'm very pleased overall and most importantly this hat is super warm!  Angora is considered about seven times as warm as wool due to the hollow core of the fiber.  This local Minnesota business makes wonderful angora yarn which I use to knit my stuffed bunny toys.  She also has angora/wool roving which I used as one of the plies in the handspun yarn.  One of these days I will get my own angora rabbits, ah the waiting.  

I hope all of your in the northern climes are staying warm!

Joining in with Nicole for Keep Calm and Craft On.

9 comments:

  1. I think they make a lovely pair. Love your yarn and I bet it keeps you lovely and cosy through the winter.

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  2. Lovely cowl and hat! Both yarns are fabulous!

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    1. Thanks! At first I wasn't sure about wearing yellow, but I really like it now. Makes me cheery!

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  3. Very lovely handspun. And nice hat (& pattern, too.) Thanks for the fun post and pattern links.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'm rather a spinning newbie so I appreciate the compliment!

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  4. Looks wonderful! Great hat! Stay warm! ;-)

    I would love to have you link up to my Yarn Fanatic Party! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2015/01/yarn-fanatic-party-19.html)

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    1. So glad you linked up! I hope to "see" you there again! ;-)

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