Monday, February 06, 2006
I bought this delightful knitting book off ebay with some lovely retro hats but unfortunately, they are nearly all crocheted and unfortunately I cannot crochet. Oh sure I can do the stitches if I follow a 'how to' book but putting them all together, by following a pattern, I haven't a clue.
Many years ago I remember knitting a jacket which had a stitch pattern that looked just like crochet so after sorting through my old pattern books I found the pattern and used it to make my Muse Hat. Why Muse you ask? It reminds me of the hats that the beautiful wives and girlfriends of famous musicians and artists were always pictured wearing during the '60s and '70's, complete with the false eyelashes and long hair. Here she is finished, sorry I don't have the model looks, complete with false eyelashes, neither is my hair the long tresses that the women who inspired this little number possesed and for that matter I don't think I have ever been the 'force that inspires a creative artist'.
Anyway she was a dream to knit, quick and easy and I must say the wool I used, Cleckheaton Country 12 ply, was an absolute delight to knit with. I have tended to be very negative about Australian yarns, not the quality, after using Cleckheaton Country it is up there with any I have knitted, it is the lack of colour range that is so lacking here. You would think living in a country that produces some of the best wool in the world that the manufacturers would get off their backsides and see what the rest of the world is doing and at least try and compete. I mean I am not even talking variegated here just a wider colour choice, at the moment if you want blue you might be lucky if you get three choices navy, light and dark and that is it. Maybe us Aussie knitters should get together and write a letter to the major wool companies and ask them to do something about changeing this situation.
Okay I am back off the soap box now, funny isn't it how you can be talking about one thing and that reminds you of something else and off you go!! Or does that only happen to me?
If you too would like to knit a Muse hat, you can find the pattern over in the sidebar or HERE. There you will see it being modelled by DD who has now claimed it for herself, so I guess I will be making another one.