Stranded colourwork–just as cute as ever

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At last!  I have finished a larger version of the Rhode Island Red hat.  It took some doing.  I cast on at least three times. I was clearly having some problems with sizing, and thinking straight. Plus, inexperience with provisional cast ons.  I cast on once at home and knit the entire band… enormously…

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Then twice more in a hotel in Melbourne. It was a comedy of errors!  But I started to lose my sense of humour by the time I had knit the band three entire times, instead of knitting the whole hat!

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I may have put the hat in the naughty corner for some weeks at that point, as th0ugh the hat was the one creating the trouble.  But now, it’s done and it’s glorious!

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Last night it headed out into the world to warm the head of a delightful friend who is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a chicken fancier with an entire flock of hens to tend to in all weathers.  Plus, more plans for rare breeds.  And, it’s her birthday any minute now.  She has a wonderful chuckle, and this hat brought out the chuckling.  And she liked the softness of this lovely pet polwarth sheep a lot too.

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Filed under Knitting, Natural dyeing

8 responses to “Stranded colourwork–just as cute as ever

  1. To say I love this would be an understatement! The materials, the pattern work, the colours, EVERYTHING! Thank you for sharing. Also thank you so much for sharing your wisdom at the spinning party, I found it so compelling, my small ball of yarn is calling out to me,. I think I will use it in a small patterned square. Thanks for putting us all on our first step to learning how to spin, you are a top teacher 🙂


  2. Great hat! Love the hens, love the story. And now I want my own spinning party… fancy a trip to Sydney? 😀


  3. Giant grin on my face from the clucker hat! I bet it makes an impression wherever it goes.


  4. purplejulian

    well, you have huge persistence, and I am sure making this hat taught you a thing or two. congratulations!


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