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January 16, 2009

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Finished Object: Tendrils Rib Hat

Filed under: Finished Projects — Cat @ 5:35 am

Tendrils Rib Hat

Behold, a finished object.

Tendrils Rib Hat, test knit for one of the designers in my favorite book, Shear Spirit (Mary Lou Egan).

It really is a beautiful hat, using a twisted stitch (both left and right twists) that kind of waves back and forth.

Detail from Trailing Vines hat

I cast on this hat at Knit Knight and finished it at home the following evening. I’m even pleased to report that I was able to knit this while participating in my annual Lord of the Rings Movie marathon. OK, it got put down pretty much any time Aragon or Legolas or Eomer was on the screen, but come on… I’m only human!!

My mom is the happy recipient – she says that it is the first hat she has ever worn that doesn’t “creep up” and expose her ears. Given the amont of time she and Dad spend up in Yellowstone in the winter (photographing whatever they can find), it is good to have a hat hat keeps the ears warm.

The yarn I used was a beautiful worsted weight Merino Wool from Neota Designs (a fiber artist based out of Estes Park, Colorado). The color is called ” Autumn Haze” and the artist is inspired by the colors in the Rocky Mountains around her.

Neota Designs

I was very happy to find such a great use for a yarn that has been marinating in my stash for a couple of years. It was a particularly huge skein of yarn, so I have enough left over to make mom a co-ordinating scarf. I”m doing the classic “two row scarf” ( a la Brooklyn Tweed) and am striping it with a deep rich purple Cascade 220 yarn (to match mom’s coat). Not too exciting of a pattern (since I don’t have the fun of the subtle Noro color changes), but it is very soft and is going to be very warm. To counter the boredom factor, I stopped by the library and selected some books on CD to listen to while working on the scarf.

It is amazing how one of your favorite books sounds COMPLETELY different when read to you by someone else. I finally had to go up and get my copy of Jane Eyre out because there were entire sections that I didn’t recognize. And that is my absolute favorite book that I read at least once or twice a year!!!

For the photo buffs: For those of you who are concerned with these things, I am using the free photo-managing software from Google called “Picassa”. It, so far, has done everything that I have asked it to do, and done it well. For the first time, I have the ability to “tweak” color representation so that my photos actually represent my yarn/finished objects.

I’m very pleased.

Everybody have a fantastic weekend!!

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  1. That hat looks fabulous. When is the pattern available? I have a neighbor that has the same hat creep problem and I have the yarn she bought for me to make her a hat. I can hardly wait. Thanks for the tip on Picassa. I will be downloading it to my new machine maybe this weekend. Have a good one.

    Comment by Donna W — January 16, 2009 @ 8:05 am
  2. Love that hat in that yarn. I’ll be watching for the pattern from Mary Lou.

    Comment by gale (she shoots sheep shots) — January 16, 2009 @ 8:21 am
  3. I love my new hat! A year ago it was 26 degrees below zero when we were out photographing a bison that was covered with snow and ice. While we were watching a bison I glanced up the ridge and a beautiful female gray wolf was watching us. Yellowstone is so magical in the winter but cold. The new hat is perfect.

    Comment by Mom — January 16, 2009 @ 11:09 am
  4. It looks beautiful! And great idea re. the scarf. Although all those feet of K1P1 might get to me. The pattern should be up later today. Thanks again.

    Comment by Mary Lou — January 16, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
  5. That’s a great hat! I really like the color. Glad it keeps your mom’s ears warm :)

    I love knitting while listening to audio books. Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Terrie — January 16, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
  6. You might find this hat interesting.

    Comment by sue — January 17, 2009 @ 7:44 pm
  7. The link didn’t go through. http://alohamedia.net/sarah/hats/chicken-viking/

    Comment by sue — January 17, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
  8. FWIW, tweaking colors doesn’t do any good unless you have also calibrated your monitor. :)

    Comment by Dave — January 20, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

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