Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cold Weather

It has been very cold here in Tasmania, not to mention the rain, so that has meant a lot of staying indoors which to a knitter means........lots of knitting. On top of the usual orders for customers are some new hat designs.

I have taken my trusty aviator hat shape and given it a winter makeover, complete with fair isle snowflake pattern and a pom pom and made from Bendigo Classic 8 ply. The idea came to me as I was browsing a vintage Villawool knitting pattern and found some ski hats, apparently every skier would not be without one! Well I thought I had better add one to the range, there will be more colours added as I sit by the fire this winter, ahhhhhh a knitter has got to love winter.

Found this pattern in an old Patons pattern book and thought it was destined for a Shazzas Knits makeover, I discovered Cleckheaton Perfect Day a gorgeously soft alpaca/wool mix in natural colours and knew that it was the perfect yarn for the Cossack Hat. It would suit anyone and can be dressed up or down, I can imagine a cigar smoking Clint Eastwood in his younger days wearing it but it is also very Dr Zhivago-ish.

Last but certainly not least, you may recall I bought a lot of Bendigo Rustic ochre yellow with the view to knit myself a jumper, well when it arrived it was not really the shade I had in mind so I have been looking for another use for it. I think these fingerless gloves work well with the yarn, the colour is more suited for smaller objects.

Well that is about it for now, all the above items are available for purchase in both my Etsy and Madeit shops.

till next time,
happy knitting.