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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Handspun hat

Here's some shots of the handspun hat being knitted up. I used three skeins of my yarn. The two I've already showed you and a little of a third skein that was drying in my bathroom. My husband bought a towel rack for the door and it works perfect as yarn dryer thing.

Here's a nice close up. I LOVED working with this yarn. It worked up fast, it was very soft and actually very even through out. There were little slubs in it, but not many. Just enough to keep me humbled and remind me that it IS in fact handspun yarn.

I call this the hunter's hat. Boy oh boy is it warm. Done with 100% Merino, triple plied/Navajo plied and then tightly knit on #7 needles. If this doesn't prevent your ears from freezing, nothing short of cinching a couple of live rabbits to your head with your belt will. But, that really wouldn't be camouflage now would it?

Yes..see the very tired model below. Man, someone should tell that woman to try some makeup.

It's actually pretty huge. It's made for a size 22" head. I gave it to my step-father this Sunday for his birthday. He's a 6'4" Swedish man. He's got a large head and likes to hunt. So, I put two and two together and viola! A hat! :D

He was actually quite thrilled to get it. Which makes me happy. To me, a great gift is something that someone really likes but fills a need in the process. I get my practical side from my mother :D.

Although, I should admit. I worked this hat, halfway through the first time and had to frog it. Yep, I knitted a swatch, measured it wrong, and added too many stitches. So, I frogged it, and made this cute picture to glorify my humility. :D

Oh, and here's some yarn I got from knit picks. The Marine heather is for my husbands soon to be socks. The rest is for lace projects that I've been determined to make for myself. Shadow is $2.50 a skein, 100% merino, and really soft. It's a great bargin.


Knitted Gems said...

Your handspun yarn looks great knit up as a hat. Congrats!
Ooh, and I just love all the pretty yarn you picked up. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Valerie said...

That looks awesome and warm!! I love the pattern!

Monika said...

It's a great gift! It's the best compliment, if it gets worn as well. You should be proud, because you did all that on a spindle! I can't see me doing this. I've not touched my spindles since I got my wheel. Until a couple of years ago, I'd rather freeze than look redicilous with a hat on, but now I don't care what I look like, as long as my forehead and my ears are warm, so - fat knitted hats are very welcome now. ;o) I wish you lots of time to knit up all your new yarn!

Batty said...

Fabulous hat!

I love the 'frogged' stamp! No idea how to make one, but it's perfect for... oh, well, about half the stuff I've been knitting on lately. I'm experiencing some kind of slump, I guess.