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Hats Ahoy

November 19, 2007

So I’ve been on a hat jag since last I posted here. I found so many pretty hats to help me use up leftovers and oddballs.

Here are the two that are finished.

The top one is ‘Coronet‘ from the winter 03 issue of Knitty. I used just less than two balls of the Elann Peruvian Sierra Aran that was left from Tailored Scallops.

The bottom one is ‘Cinnabar’ designed by Angela Hahn of Knititude. It used just about 2 balls of the Valley Yarns Lenox leftover from the Marseilles pullover I knitted last winter. This was a very clever hat, and the Lenox made a lovely fabric on size 6 needles.

The side effect of making that hat is that I got a look at the other Knititude patterns and I am unfortunately going to have to go spend some money there…

I have two more hats on the needles that I should be able to post next week. Also, I made Emily a new hat but haven’t remembered to take a picture yet.

There have been other things besides hats going on over the past 3 or 4 weeks. I finished a pair of socks for Emily out of leftover Lisa Souza sock yarn.

Emmy’s next request is white socks, so that she can wear handknitted socks with her school uniform pants – clever idea but to find WHITE sock yarn?? not easy. I hope she can get away with cream…

I finished Tailored Scallops last month and finally managed some decent photos of it. Here are multiple choices to give a good view of it.

It was a pretty fast knit (9/29-11/4) – I used 9 balls of Elann Peruvian Sierra Aran which is wool and alpaca, in the Garnet color, and size 8 and 9 needles, and I made the second-smallest size. It is extremely light and I would have worn it a lot if we hadn’t gone from summer to winter right about the time I finished it. I had a pretty Sheila Ernst button I wanted to put on it, but the fabric was too light for the button so I had to reluctantly go with something else. (I added an i-cord button loop and attached button.) It is a really good fit – my only complaint is that the sleeves are a little slim, but you can see in the photos that it is intended to fit this way. I also liked the yarn very much – it has a nice sheen.

I’m still working on Tangled Yoke – I have finished the body and both sleeves up to the armholes and am going to join up for the yoke tonight. No photos yet, but the Silky Wool is making a nice fabric and this should be pleasant to wear. I haven’t decided on buttons yet….

Way back last month I also finished one mitten for Emily from the Selbuvotter book. I tweaked ‘Annemor #4’ just a little so it looked less like a dog and more like a cat.

It really came out pretty, but it’s not going to fit her for a couple of years so I have plenty of time to knit the second one… I am using Knitpicks Telemark in two shades of blue. I am not thrilled with how this yarn is working out for this – it is much denser than I expected for something billed as sportweight, so it’s somewhat painful to knit on size 2 needless. The mittens, however, will be very durable and warm. I have some to make myself a pair too and I will go up to size 3 needles when I knit those. The yarn will definitely not work for gloves – too heavy. I have two other options stashed and waiting to see if they work better at the 7spi gauge the book calls forl

I started the Loksins socks last month and have been neglecting them a little to work on hats. This is Lisa Souza’s Sock yarn in the Sky Drama colorway, which I think is my favorite of her many lovely colors.

This is a lovely pattern which is easy to memorize and looks great. I’m using my Knitpicks Harmony DPNs in size 1 and I am really happy with them. The dark color of the yarn is not causing difficulty, either.

I’ve also been venturing into color, which is an area that I am not very skilled or comfortable with. I admired ‘Autumn Rose’, Eunny Jang’s scoopneck fair isle pullover from the last Simply Shetland book, but with all that mustardy Old Gold color, I had to steer away. Then I saw a couple of versions on Ravelry that had been re-colored, and I got inspired. I decided that since Knitpicks Palette yarn is so inexpensive, it might be worth a try to recolor it to suit myself. First, I tried to match the original colors using my Jamieson color card and the Palette color card, but steering away from the shade of Old Gold. Then I tweaked the colors to improve what I had done the first time. Here are my swatches.

The one on the left was my attempt to match what’s in the original, except that instead of a mustardy brown I used a sort of butterscotchy gold. Although that turned out brighter and more orangey than I anticipated, I decided that the gold with the two shades of red made me think of Elizabethan brocade, which was A Good Thing. However, the whole green family just didn’t work in this swatch (probably the subtle differences between these colors and the originals just pushed it over the edge), so I took out the dark green and added a medium blue, and I took out the light and medium greens and added peach and a sort of tan. That’s the swatch on the right. Also, on the left I used 3mm needles and on the right 3.25. I think I am happy with what I have on the right, so once I finish the Eunny I have in progress I’ll start a new Eunny.

I am dreading the pattern chart and directions, though – the chart is not coded for colors once you have done one pattern repeat, the chart is TEENY, the sizes are marked on the chart in different color lines that curve in and out for the shaping, and worst of all, the ‘light’ colors are indicated by dark boxes and the ‘dark’ colors are indicated by light boxes. Boo to Unicorn for this pattern layout – did anyone there try to knit from it? But if I just take my time I will get through it eventually, lots of other people have.

Being old and stodgy I am going to raise the neckline a little, and I still anticipate wearing a t-shirt under it, but it will be fun to have something done in color that has such elegant shaping. There is plenty of guidance available on Ravelry for how people have modified the pattern.

In spinning updates, I finished another skein of my prize Cormo fleece.

You can see that the skein on the bottom is a little more uniform. I have been flicking only the locks that have some structure left to them, and saving the disorganized clouds to be combed, and I’m getting a better result. This yarn is just incredibly soft and wonderful, and as endless as the task seems, I’m glad I will have an abundance of it to play with when I’m done spinning it.
I also started spinning 8 ounces of purple Wensleydale I had in stash, because I have been spinning natural colored wool for so long I really needed just a short blast of color. I am trying to make a 2 ply worsted weight here, and not overtwist it. We’ll see how it goes. I’m reconfirming that Wensleydale is just not my favorite to spin…

I’m spinning this on the Symphony, which has been relegated to plying since the arrival of Quebec in the summer – it’s nice to remember what a great wheel it is, and I ordered it a present for being so reliable: a fast whorl. I also ordered a fast whorl for Quebec. Speed seems to be my thing these days…

Emily took this picture for you of the flyer flying.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2007 10:31 am

    ‘Tis the season for hats – I find them the perfect holiday season project.

  2. November 19, 2007 11:02 am

    I love the colour changes you’ve made for Autumn Rose – the pattern just pops in your blue swatch.
    Tailored Scallops is gorgeous and, as always, fits you perfectly. It’s a shame that Sheila’s glass button won’t work. I was planning on using one of mine when I knit this design.
    I can’t get over how lovely your Cormo is and how different your experience with the breed has been from mine. It really does go to show that not all fleeces are created equal. Beautiful spinning!

  3. November 19, 2007 11:27 am

    i love your hats and the color of your spinning ( sorry for me bad english )

  4. November 19, 2007 5:40 pm

    Hi, I love visiting your blog. You are so creative. I really love seeing all your creations. I’m going to reluctantly check out the Knititude site, and hopefully I won’t find too many things I like. I can’t wait until my cormo fleece comes, hopefully it will look as good as yours. I used to feel quite contrary about wenny too, until I tried spinning from the fold. Now I love it, and can’t get enough of it!

  5. November 19, 2007 7:39 pm

    Oh Caroline, I have been a bad commenter here! So sorry for my lack of writing. You always have so many things to comment on I never know which to talk about! Love, love, love the hats, and the sweater! The Loskin socks are fab and your spinning is always awesome. Lace weight flyers are on my Christmas list too!

  6. November 20, 2007 2:19 pm

    If you join the autumn rose KAL Deb has done a chart in excel with all the colors for KAL members. It helps SO MUCH! I took part of it and enlarged it so that I have a pattern repeat on one 8×10 page which makes it even easier.

  7. November 20, 2007 3:42 pm

    Your posts always inspire me. You produce so much lovely stuff…and the lace scallops are fabulous on you. I’m so glad to see how that one turned out!

  8. November 20, 2007 5:06 pm

    Tailored scallops looks gorgeous! And I like the swatch on the right as well.

  9. Jan permalink
    November 20, 2007 7:49 pm

    A fiber feast! The hats are luscious, and so are the Selbukittyvotters. Love the Tailored Scallops and the way it fits. I’m glad you and your wheels are bonding again; they will thank you for their gifts with lovely yarn.

  10. November 24, 2007 5:55 pm

    Lovely sweater! 🙂

  11. November 24, 2007 10:49 pm

    wow, you have been busy! i am going to have to check out those hat patterns.

  12. Dana permalink
    November 26, 2007 8:11 pm

    Hi; I want to ask a favor. Can you help me out? I would like to copy your color scheme for the Autumn Rose. Can you somehow describe all those colors and tell me the type of yarn you will be using?

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