Friday, November 13, 2009

Next Up: Scottish Habitat!

Moving right along in the series of unreported FO's from this summer, we have a burly wool hat! A wool hat you say? Rachel, what possessed you to knit a wool hat in the middle of summer? I'll give you a hint: It might have had something to do with this man...
Scottish Highlander. Mmmmm...

Okay, so, the man pictured above was the phenomenal highland tour guide from a 3-day bus excursion we took in northern Scotland. This guy is the quintecential Highland male, and he did everything possible to make sure we had a good time (this included being extra dreamy and awesome). Anyway, before the end of the trip, he comissioned a manly wool hat so he wouldn't have to steal mine before leaving. Fast forward seven days later? Meet Habitat:

Pattern: Habitat by Jared Flood
Needles: US #7 Addi Turbos
Yarn: New Lanark Donegal Aran - 100% [Scottish] Wool
Time to Knit: One glorious week
Recipient: Graeme the Highlander!
Level of Love: Cable swoonage took (and is still taking) place.
Modifications: zippo!

Here some shots of it finished on me. Not nearly as attractive as they would have been on him, but it's the best I could do.The great thing about the hat is that the more he wears it, the warmer it will become. I chose this design because the coarse fibers of the wool (when wet from the frequent rain) will felt themselves together making a denser material better at blocking out wind. Who doesn't like a hat that does that?
The intricate cables and star burst design near the crown were a bonus because (I can say from experience) the weekend bus ride was spent looking at nothing but the back of his head. I figured the future tour members might appreciate something interesting to look at (besides him, of course...oh, and maybe the breathtaking Scottish Highlands!).
Lastly, I'll leave you with this video of me [intentionally] sliding down a hill in the Isle of Skye. The filmwork is a tad shaky toward the end (motion-sickness prone be warned), but that's because the guy filming saved my DSLR from crashing to its almost certain doom. Eeegads.

Great memories in Scotland. Great memories. More knitting to come soon!


Yarndude said...

Haha! It looks like you had a lot of fun! And that's a great hat too, perfect yarn choice.

Gudrun Johnston said... fell for a Scotsman did ya? Those accents and pale hairy legs will do it every time!

Erin Wallace said...

A-Mazing hat! But it would have to be with the inspiration that you had! Love, love, love it.

Ms. Kimba said...

Love the knitting as always. I read you whenever you post but I never really say much, however....the scottish highlander...hubba hubba! wow!

Erin said...

That hat is awesome. Are you going to deliver it in person? :)

Jodi said...

Gorgeous hat, and now I want to head to Scotland!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the hat and I'm so jealous....the Scottish Highlands how fun!

Twin XL said...

Love the hat - so cute!

Dorm Comforter said...

Lookks like such a wonderful trip!

Lisa N. said...

nice hat! it looks pretty cool :)