I’m in the midst of a hat frenzy. Something has overcome me and I’m helpless. I want to make the most of the last brutal days of winter and use up single skeins, leftovers from other projects and have as much instant gratification as I can.
Partly this hat frenzy comes from the fact that on Instagram (photosharing site adored by smart phone and ipad users) I’m taking part in a hat a day meme, which was actually started by my brother in law. A small but devoted band of followers are taking part and at first, I thought I had nothing much to offer. I’ve got what, four hats? Then I started to think of all the hats I’ve made over the years and I decided I could share those. After that it occurred to me that I could just knit more! I know I won’t have enough hats to do the whole of September, but every day so far I’ve managed one and I know I can do more.
So here is the first hat I started for Hat A Day September (or #hatadaysept if you’re on twitter or instagram). It’s a hat I’ve wanted to make for a while, by perennial favourite, Tikki, or Georgie Hallam. It’s Lavender. And it’s lovely.
I started it on Aug 31 and finished it on September 3. It’s made from a discontinued Bendigo yarn, Mystique, which I only ever had one ball of, sadly. It’s a wool, alpaca and mohair blend and it’s lovely. Great hat yarn I think.
The clever thing about this pattern is that Tikki worked out people hate purling in the round, so the hat is actually knit inside out. Genius.
I made this for my mum who recently asked for a creamy white hat, slouchy, to match her favourite scarf. I haven’t seen them paired yet, because I only posted this to her today, but I hope it’s a good match. I made the large size but probably could have made the medium. That said, I think a bit big is a safer bet than a bit too small, when it comes to hats.
I know someone will ask about the shawl I’m wearing – it’s an old one but one I pull out to wear all the time. It’s my Brangian shawl – details are here.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to resist making one of these hats for myself. I’ve been wearing it this week, before posting it to my mum and it’s thick and warm and cosy – and given how much strong wind we’re experiencing at the moment, it’s heavy enough not to blow off easily!
Thanks to my sister Adele for taking the photos earlier this week when we managed to catch up in nearby Yass. Early morning in the hotel carpark was the best we could manage for the photoshoot but it worked out ok.
Stay tuned for more hats to come!