Thursday, December 29, 2011
Last minute gift. . . .
I wanted to make a special gift for my son's girlfriend. So I looked through my stash and found some yarn that I made from Sweet Georgia Yarn fibre club (in fact I wrote about it in a blog post a while back). The colours were perfect for her -- Placid Waters is the name of the colour way. Last year I made her mitts, so this year it had to be a hat. The yarn is a worsted/chunky weight, so it was just right for the pattern I had in mind.
The pattern is called Foliage by Emilee Mooney and you can get it on Knitty.com or here. Knit on size 5mm needles, the hat knits up quickly -- 1 1/2 days. Seriously, I could have knit it in a single day if I had to. (As far as my aspirations about 100 mile wear go, this one is not Triple A. It's a B+. I spun the yarn and knit the hat. The fibre is from Sweet Georgia Yarns, a local fibre artist -- who does all the dyeing in her studio downtown).
Here's a close-up of the hat. The yarn 50% merino, 25% bamboo and 25% silk is wonderful stuff. The colours are rich and the sheen from the bamboo and silk give an elegance you wouldn't expect in a chunky yarn.
It's a beautiful pattern and easy to knit. It may look tricky becasue of the lace work, but it is a straightforward pattern. You can read this lace easily, so if you happen to lose your place in the pattern -- jumping up to answer the phone, to take some tourtiere out of the oven, to help with an arrival of groceries that are coming in the door, you can clearly see what you need to do next.
And here it is, modeled first by Georgia Rose and then by Leah.