Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A winter hat in July

It is no secret that I'm a big fan of Ysolda's work. One might even consider me a groupie. I think her patterns are ingenious and that her style is unique and always fresh. Like most, I have been eying up several of her new patterns and dreaming up when and how I'm going to make everything with only two hands. Fast forward to last weekend. While my fabulous roommate was overseas in Scotland this summer, she brought a little something back home with her. Realistically, I don't think it would have been possible for her to have picked a more perfect souvenir to gift--it's obvious she knows me far too well.

What did I receive you ask? I'll give you a few hints: It came complete with a booklet copy of the pattern, the yarn suggested (in my favorite color), and a nifty tote bag-- all purchased from K1 Yarns in Edinburgh...

Oh enough of this suspense! Meet my latest fling:Pattern: Rose Red
Designer: Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Orkney Angora St Magnus D.K. in Aqua
Needles: US #7 & US #3 Addi Turbos
Time to Knit: July 20-July 25th
Level of Love: wishing I could wear hats at work.I really love this hat--in fact, I'm going to go ahead and say with confidence that this is my favorite hat yet (And just for the record, that's quite a few hats!). This pattern has just enough variety to keep it interesting, but was simple enough to knit with a movie going in the background. The chart made it incredibly easy to follow, and it was fun watching the pattern grow as it got bigger.
As for modifications, I really only made two: I decided not to add the the i-cord section on the top center, and I went down to US 2's for a simple 2x2 rib for the brim. Again, I'm incredibly pleased with how this turned out.

In other news, apparently I'm not allergic to angora as I had previously thought! Though I was hesitant about it at first, this yarn was incredibly great choice for this pattern-- it really gave the hat a softer look, and I'm glad I no longer have to avoid the fiber like the plague.

So yes, It's official-- I mark this hat mission a success.

17 comments:

mari said...

So cute!
I love all her hat patterns but have not bought one yet. I am thinking this might be the one I get. :)

Mackenzie said...

Gorgeous! I love Ysolda as well. I just bought Gretel but Rose Red was a close second. I hope mine turns out as well as yours!

Michael said...

Fabulous! Looks great on you, too.

Stacy said...

I love it - it looks great! How sweet of your roommate!

Rhian said...

It's absolutely lovely! The colour is very fresh - and now I wish I could take a trip up to Edinburgh to K1 Yarns. Coincidentally, I've just finished mine, and like you, I'm already planning to knit some of her other new patterns (I've got to have Verity in my life).

Aunt Kathy said...

That is a great hat, absolutely beautiful.

Yarndude said...

Angora you say? You have one very generous roommate. Looks great!

sweetp said...

Thats gorgeous. Well done

robyn said...

and here was I going but a winter hat in July is perfectly acceptable and then I realised you were on the other side of the world where it is summer!

love the hat it looks great on you!

Crudmonkey said...

Awesome. Knitting summery things in summer is overrated, I think. I really like how it looks with regular 2x2 rib.

rachel iufer said...

i llllooooooooooooovvvvveeee that hat. ysolda is the bestest.

Kara said...

Darn you and your berets! You are completely not helping me with my ysolda obsession. You look fabulous, darling, simply fabulous.

dawn said...

Very cute hat. I love the color!

mlanezoo said...

Hi! Remember me? I "talked" to you on Ravelry. I have a question for you...I'd like to skip the i-cord as well - how do I go about doing so? Thanks! Michelle Lane (mlanezoo)

amanda said...

beautiful! you look so cute in hats :)

amanda said...

Beautiful hat! Just nominated you for an award on my blog!

Twin XL said...

Beautiful knit pattern - also love the soft fuzzy yarn :)