Knitted Hats!

It’s not often you need to wear a knitted hat in Brisbane unless you’re off to a State of Origin rugby league game on a cold June evening (which I never go to!) but these two patterns caught my eye when I was searching through Ravelry. I think they may come in handy when I visit New Zealand next year.

The first is this gorgeous Pumpkin Pie Hat which I absolutely fell in love with (I think it may have been the colour of the yarn the pattern writer used!)

Pumpkin Pie Hat 01

You can knit the hat either in the slouch size or the beanie size. I picked the slouch size but in hindsight with my short hair the beanie size would have been better but I have solved that problem! I simply turned the brim up.

Pumpkin Pie Hat 02

Pumpkin Pie Hat 03

This is what it looks like in the slouch mode. It looks more like I’ve got a growth on the back of my head :-)

Pumpkin Pie Hat 07

It’s certainly a gorgeous stitch pattern.

Pumpkin Pie Hat 06

It took me ages to get this photo. Thank goodness for digital cameras where you can just delete all those dud photos. I just held the camera in one hand and just started clicking and took heaps of photos. Usually there’s a few that are okay and the rest are not!

Pumpkin Pie Hat 04

And I might add that if you visit the pattern page on Ravelry you’ll notice the pattern is free until 31 December this year!

The yarn I used is Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply. I bought it a while ago and as soon as I saw this pattern I knew this yarn would be perfect.

Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply Tangerine

My second pattern is the Dragon Leaf Hat which I managed to download at the right time as it was free for a short while. This was a ‘hit and miss’ project for me as the pattern called for 8ply / DK yarn and I used 4ply / fingering yarn and I just guessed the number of repeats. It’s a smidge loose but I’m quite happy with it nevertheless.

Dragon Leaf Hat 05

This is a bit of a’slouchy’ hat.

Dragon Leaf Hat 01

I love the pattern detail.

Dragon Leaf Hat 06

Dragon Leaf Hat 04

I didn’t block this hat as I was worried if I stretched it too much it would be much too big for me.

Dragon Leaf Hat 03

The yarn I used is Tili Tomas Artisan Sock in this lovely shade of green.

Tili Tomas Sock Yarn Grass

You could say I am quite happy with these two projects.

Now to deviate a bit. I was recently offered an alpaca fleece which of course I jumped at the opportunity of owning! This is a quick look at that fleece.

Alpaca fleece

And a look at the alpaca after it had been shorn. Priceless!

Alpaca shorn 01

I’m off to Knit and Knatter tomorrow which is being held in conjunction with a Suitcase Rummage at the Redland Performing Arts Centre at 11am so if you’re in that area, drop in!

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Commercial Yarn v Artisan Hand Painted/Dyed Yarn

I have quite a bit of commercial yarn at home as well as quite a bit of hand painted/dyed yarn that I have sourced from some really quality suppliers here in Australia. I have blogged about them before but if you’re new to my blog, my favourite Aussie hand painted/dyed yarn suppliers are Dyed By Hand Yarns, Augustbird, Skein and Shorn Fibers. All these artisans produce beautiful yarns that are to ‘dye’ for!

Now generally when purchasing anything a few things come into play…..the cost, the need, the look…

When it comes to yarn what counts as the main thing for me is the colourway….if the colour jumps out at me I will generally buy it regardless of the cost (unfortunately for my bank account!!). In most cases I buy yarn before I know what I am going to knit or crochet because I am so taken with the colours. Hence my burgeoning stash!

The following pictures are of some yarn I purchased recently at Spotlight….yes, good old Spotlight. May seems to be the month when they have a yarn sale and then offer a $40 off voucher when you purchase $100 or more on anything (and that includes all sale items too!!)

So I have been carried away this month and used this voucher twice! They reprinted another voucher in yesterday’s paper so of course, I had to slip down to Spotlight today to use it. And don’t discount the fact that I won’t be visiting Spotlight before next Sunday as that’s when the sale finishes as I have another spare voucher!!

When I first saw this yarn on the shelf I almost fell over as I was just floored by the beautiful vibrant colours. It’s Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is quite appropriate – Mackaw (and that’s how it’s spelt on the label). Isn’t it simply divine. I bought about six balls and I have no idea at this stage what I will make but I just couldn’t resist it!

Cleckheaton Mackaw 01

Cleckheaton Mackaw 02

Simply stunning don’t you think?

Cleckheaton Mackaw 03

This yarn is also Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is Storm. Again, gorgeous colours that I couldn’t resist!

Cleckheaton Storm 01

Cleckheaton Storm 02

And this yarn is also Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is Swirl. By the way, it retails for $9.99 but with all my discounts I managed to pick each ball up for just over $5. I love a bargain!

Cleckheaton Swirl 01

Cleckheaton Swirl 02

Who’d have thought all these colours would look so good together!!

Cleckheaton Swirl 03

This yarn is just a solid colour although with my orange/tangerine phase I’m in at the moment, I was immediately attracted to it. It’s called Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 ply - Tangerine. It retails for just over $3 and I’ve managed to pick up a stack of it for just over $1.

Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply Tangerine

Now generally I’m a wool girl however this colourway caught my eye. It’s Moda Vera Harmony and it’s a 50% wool / 50% acrylic mix so I am getting some wool! You know how much I love my autumn shades; well this yarn has those shades in copious amounts.

Moda Vera Harmony 01

Moda Vera Harmony 02

And finally…….I was totally blown away when I saw this Moda Vera Spinnler 34% wool / 33% viscose / 33% acrylic mix. It sneaks in by the skin of its teeth when it comes to wool content :-) Look at those colours, I mean how could I walk past it? Talk about autumn shades; this yarn takes the cake!

Moda Vera Spinnler 01

I picked up 15 balls for $3.70 each. I’m thinking of making a rustic type vest with it if I can find the right pattern. I’d love an adult sized vest based on the Milo child’s vest which is knitted in the round. Has anyone got some suggestions for an easy adult’s vest that would show off this yarn? If not, I’m seriously thinking about adapating the Milo to an adult’s size.

Moda Vera Spinnler 02

I practically cleaned out Spotlight’s supply of this yarn. I don’t think anyone dared to come near me to try to get some as I was a woman possessed as I filled up my basket with Spinnler!

Moda Vera Spinnler 03

I couldn’t stop taking photos as I am so enamoured with this yarn.

Moda Vera Spinnler 04

Spotlight also have lots of free patterns on their website so I might even find a pattern or two for some of my yarn.

Well that’s how I spent part of my weekend. How about you? I hope you had lots of fun. Oh and by the way, my feet were toasty warm this weekend as I’ve started wearing my lovely hand knitted socks. They feel divine and I have sooo many to pick from too.

Until next time…

Melanie