After the ship quilt and in between another Old Shale baby blanket (and the interminable Christmas present for my sister) I knitted this woolly hat for… myself! In an alternate reality, I really want to knit the amazing Kate Davies’ Ursula:
But as I think such colourwork beauty is rather beyond me at the moment, not only in terms of skill but also of time, I opted instead for a hat adaptation of the gorgeous Hemlock blanket popularised by Jared Flood. The lovely knitter who provides the hat adaptation, Robyn Wade, is here.
As you can see, a nice warm hat is still very much in order, and we’re off skiing soon (which seems rather ridiculous!) so I hope it will keep me cosy on the slopes. It’s in Drops Lima, a DK wool and alpaca blend which I thought would be soft and fuzzy (alpaca) but durable (sheep’s wool). It was a lesson in using double pointed needles, which I found a total faff and resorted to the magic loop method which is basically cheating. But it still works! I enjoyed the stitch explosion of starting with only 8 stitches in the centre and rapidly increasing with each round- the big holes are made by creating a double yarn over and then dropping the first one off to create 9 stitches on that one bit of yarn. The resulting stitch and creation of further stitches is just so pretty and starts of the petals. Clever people, these knitter folk.
It ended up quite slouchy and loose, but I love it. And it’s rather nice to have something to keep for myself!