Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hats offs...

My obsession with knit hats shows no sign of going away.. (I have in my head, a rather extensive queue of hats I plan to knit!)

First up is the -almost successful—Acorn hat. This is a second go at Norah Gaughen's

Sunflower Tam pattern, from her book, Knitting Nature, with more changes.. the outer edge has an extra set of “half” leaves, (bringing the total up to 16, (NOT a Fibonacci number--but still attractive and natural looking. )

The transitional shaping (from top/crown to sides/brim) is OK, but not exactly what I envisioned.. (that's what comes of starting hats at night, when tired!)

Right now, another hat is on needles.. this is a double knit one, sort of a companion to my first version of Amanda Brown's “Ruffles” scarf (from Scarf Style)--which I made back in November of 2006. The solid blue looks lighter in the scarf image, but that is a trick of the light, the green background and my lack of skill with color corrections! The hat is actually being knit with partial skeins left over from the scarf--so its not just the same color, its the same dyelot!

The Yarn is Lion Brand Lion Wool, in color navy (the solid) and Autumn Sunset, (the colorway). the first few inches will be a fold back cuff, the top will have a wave/ruffle sort of fair isle design.

And since one project is never enough, there is a second version of the Ruffles scarf on needles.. (this scarf is pretty, but endless!) It has taken forever, (it was started more than 6 weeks ago) and is is now at 75% or so completed, and sapping the life out of me.

Still it is very pretty.. (and I love the bamboo/wool blend yarn) more on that when its is finished

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