Alpaca Bas Relief Hat

I am slowly but surely writing stories about the knitting I completed on my recent four weeks holiday which finishes tomorrow ūüė¶ Then it’s back to work on Tuesday. This little hat was one project I completed while I spent¬†two of those weeks knitting at Noosaville.

I had to Google Bas Relief as I had no idea what it meant. Here’s the definition I found:

“A French term from the Italian basso-relievo (“low relief”), bas relief is a sculpture technique in which figures and/or other design elements are just barely more prominent than the (overall flat) background.

Bas relief is created either by carving away material (wood, stone, ivory, jade, etc.) or adding material to the top of an otherwise smooth surface (say, strips of clay to stone). This is a technique as old as humankind’s artistic explorations, and is closely related to high relief.”

I had no idea the name of this pattern was so profound! Anyway, here’s my Bas Relief Hat…

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The pattern is in Issue 41 (Winter) of the Australian Creative Knitting magazine.

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My hat is made from the softest and most luxurious alpaca yarn that I purchased in May last year from Stanmore Park Alpacas at Yatala (south of Brisbane). The weekend was an open day as part of National Alpaca Week. The yarn cost $6 for a 50g ball and I used 4mm knitting needles.

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I loved every moment knitting with this alpaca yarn. As it came from alpacas on the stud I visited and was spun by the owners, it still had a few little bits of dried grass in it which gave knitting the hat a real organic and earthy experience.

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I knitted my Betty Bear in this yarn as well and she is incredibly soft too. If I knit this hat again I will have to remember to add another repeat as the hat is quite snug over my rather large head!

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This is the third hat I made for this winter but unfortunately due to¬†rather mild Brisbane winter weather I didn’t get to wear any of them!! Hopefully next year it’ll be a bit colder or maybe I need to relocate to Tasmania where I’ll get lots of use from my knitted goodies.

Until next time.

Melanie

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Meet Betty Bear….Knitted Toy Tales

Betty Bear is made from the softest and most luxurious alpaca yarn that I purchased in May last year from Stanmore Park Alpacas at Yatala (south of Brisbane). The weekend was an open day as part of National Alpaca Week. The yarn cost $6 for a 50g ball and I used 4mm knitting needles. I’ll probably experiment next time with 3.75mm needles so the finished product has a tighter weave. The yarn was homespun on the premises which makes it all the more unique.

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Betty Bear 1

The pattern came from a gorgeous book called Knitted Toy Tales: Irresistible Characters¬†for all Ages by Laura Long¬†and it’s the Mummy Bear pattern. This book has the cutest little characters you can knit and they are all photographed beautifully. I have a few more I’d like to complete but finding the time is the problem! I have made one of the Mischievous Mice and once I make a couple more, I’ll feature them in a future post.

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This must be a picture of an earlier edition of the book. That’s the Mummy Bear on the right hand side.

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Laura Long also has an internet page if you’re interested in reading more.

I have also just ordered her latest book Knitted Toy Travels. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

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Betty Bear 3

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The added embroidered fabric on the ears, paws and feet really adds to the character of the bear. It’s a bit fiddly to do but well worth the effort.

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Betty Bear sits in my bedroom along with my other knitted teddy….Bartholemew Bear who is featured in a previous post.

I hope Betty Bear inspires you to knit some cuddly happiness.

Ciao for now!

Melanie