Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My New Favorite Hat
I mentioned making a hat when I told you about my creative weekend a few posts ago, but I decided it was time for some photos and some details.
I realize the photos of me in the mirror sorta suck, but it isn't my fault that our bathroom door is dark brown - sorry. All of the brown wool in this hat is llama and they all the flecks of color are various fibers. I dyed some alpaca, silk, and wool mill ends a variety of colors - blue, orange, yellow, and a little bit if chartreuse.
The inspiration for this colorway came from browsing various batts and rovings online and jotting down color combos I like and then throwing different things together.
So I carded these fibers together which results in something called a batt, which you can see here on my kitchen table. So fluffy and snuggly, I decided to spin it from the fold (if you don't know what that means don't worry about it, but there is an explanation here if you are getting into spinning). I decided to spin aran weight and then ply it for extra bulk and softness.
I knitted this hat in the round using a knit one round, then knit 1 slip one with yarn in front for the next round and that is what gives it this woven ribbed look.
I'm considering spinning up so of this yarn for sale in my shop, but I'll see what you all have to say about liking the colors and such.
And that's my new favorite hat.