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Just when I was beginning to think that I would never knit (!!!) again, cold northerly winds froze me yesterday on my daily route and the weather forecast for this week predicts snow. For some time now I have worn a hat while outside but Saturday when it was raining for most of our walk, I was sorry that I did not have a wool shawl with me. I have rainproof coat, but we stay out for quite a while with the dogs and even though the coat is good, the chill creeps inside when the outside is wet. But if I wear a wool shawl on the shoulders over the coat, it makes a big difference, as you know. Getting out the small wool shawlettes worked their magic with the weather, and I found myself once again searching for the right pattern, needles and yarn. Bliss!
I decided to start small. I love hats, and love them when they are playful.
When I found Woolly Wormhead's hat patterns, I needed to have them. I will get her newest collection ClassicWoolly Toppers at some point but for now I flipped through Twisted Woolly Toppers. There is a cute hat, Brownie, that is worn by a little boy (beautiful little boy) but it is so cute and interesting looking, that I decided to make it in the biggest size and I was not disappointed. Knitting was interesting, it came together quickly and the outcome is great. I think I will need to make it in another color. I often make two copies of one pattern; the first one is sort of a trial and I keep having second thoughts and I am a bit worried of the outcome, but then once I have worked through the first copy, I can enjoy making another, and then maybe tweak the pattern a little bit. This pattern is very well written, so most likely I will not tweak any details but I just need to knit leisurely one before I will cast on for a new one, which again, is going to make me worried...
But you might wonder why I am making this for myself and so
I have to show you this. (Sorry for the blurry picture. It is such a long time since I have been blogging and taking pictures, that I will need to work on the photography.)
I bought this a couple of years ago (five years? ) from a craft fair and just love it, made by Taikatunturi. I mostly use it around Christmas time and Brownie reminded me of this hat.
I did follow the pattern as written for most of it but I did make one small modification. For the brim I added six stitches, so that I could add another cable repeat into it, thus making the hat deeper. And the hat is knitted with trusty Cascade 220. (I have used this wool many times and never thought of it being anything but Cascade220, as if there was a sheep breed called Cascade220. Surprise, surprise, it is Peruvian Highland Merino wool.)
Ok, the winter is about to start, first snow maybe tomorrow, and I have a new wool hat (it still needs a lining, so I almost have a new wool hat). I am prepared. Well mostly, I will need to get the car tires changed to the winter ones. Slippery roads tomorrow.
Wool with you,
PS. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be knitting again.
PPS. Last year November was celebrated as Wovember and I am really looking forward for another Wovember with great woolly pictures and interesting woolly stories.
Go have a look, I promise it is good!
PPPS. I am my worst enemy and because it is such a long time I was blogging regularly, I am looking at the text thinking is this interesting to anyone? and I realize the language is quite clumsy, and the pictures poor... oh well. I am going to hit the publish button anyway and I sincerely hope this will get better... although there are no promises.