Saturday, October 28, 2006

Baby Steps

One of the reasons I usually end up with a series of similar projects is that I'm working things out, step by step, project by project.

Long time readers of this blog will remember this post, about my first knotted pile hat, inspired by this book:

Afghan book2

The hat on the cover is a fabulous shape, has great color and detail, and inspired my first version:


Handspun silk pile, good colors and design, but the top was flat, which made the hat more of a pill box. Also, the hat was too small for my (very small) head. More research was needed.

The next two hats:

dona hat

choice hat

Wool pile, the shape is getting there, and the hats fit better. A little big, but wearable.

The latest hat is finally the right conical shape:

new hat

Handspun wools. I really like the hat band and fake fur trim:

new hat band

I wove the fur trim with locks of wool, rather than spun yarn. The band was woven next, then the pile area. It's a simple design, and subtle colors (for me) and I have Big Plans to make the next one more colorful, maybe even dye the fleece so the *fur* will be dyed too.

But first, I have to get a handle on the hat sizing:

hat head

Off to SOAR, for Hallowe'en festivities and much more fun. Mojo has entered into the spirit of the season:

mojo vampire

vampire cat. :-)


Blogger Barbara said...

love the colors - looking forward to meeting you at SOAR.


11:28 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I dunno about the sizing. Sometimes that Cousin It look has it's appropriate place.

What type of wool did you use for the "fur" trim? and did you then brush it a bit to make it less wool-like?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Is that your Incognito Hat?

4:06 PM  
Blogger Caroline M said...

I really like the colours and the trim edge although I would have thought that the shaping on the choice hat was more head shaped. I can see that you're now getting the shape on the book cover but that's not the shape my head is.

I'm sure you have a friend with a bigger head, if not then it would make a lovely bag. I'm absolutely certain that a matching strap could appear as if by magic.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

If you appear in your "cousin It" hat - you certainly wouldn't be incognito now.

Love the experiments. What does the mobis? wobis? hat read? Squinting - I still can't make it out.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love the colors on the dona nobis pacem hat - the blues and reds together are wonderful. The choice hat looks good too. The grey red and white looks really interesting - somewhere there's a head it would be good for ;-)

9:41 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Very funny hat-modeling photo; all the color designs are so wonderful. Have a great time.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

It's a mini-yurt! That's what you wanted, right? As for repeating themes, think of Monet and lily gardens, Matisse and Tahitian girls, van Gogh and sunflowers - you're in good company.

9:30 PM  
Blogger kimd said...

Sara, Thanks for the chuckle with your latest hat modelling. I needed it.

10:13 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

You are funny girl.

Love the hat series.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

those hats look extremely warm. And i'm in love with the colors of the first one.

9:13 AM  

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