It’s so FLUFFY!!
So, I have to admit, I’m starting to get the appeal of hats as perfect quick projects. The instant gratification factor is astounding. I cast on a hat at 11 pm on Sunday, and by 9pm on Monday it was finished and drying after it’s bath. Tuesday I wore it!
So let’s back up. A few years ago I grabbed two skeins of 80% angora and 20% merino at the closing sale of A Good Yarn in Brookline *sniff* It was lovely yarn, but quite fuzzy, and I wasn’t sure what to do with about 200 yards of worsted weight angora. So it sat in my stash looking quite pretty.
I was reading through the archives of Ysolda Teague’s blog (what, you don’t do that with designers you like??) and I came across her Icing Swirl hat. I was smitten. It is just so terribly cute, slouchy and with swirling simple lace that has a lot of visual impact without being at all difficult to do. Now, the yarn weight was all wrong, but it needed a bulky weight and I had two strands of worsted weight.. I figured I could make it work. And I did!! I followed the pattern exactly as written for the larger size, but it was actually going to be too slouchy. So I did some extra decreases in the back (about six?) and slapped some ribbing on there so it would at least try to stay on my head. I did the SSK castoff and let me tell you guys, I LOVE IT. I sized up on needles to get a nice stretchy edge, and it worked a treat. It stays on my head, but slouches and looks super cute. It was fast and delightful and so fun. Also? I played some totally epic yarn chicken and won. This is how much was left when I was done.
No fooling. Maybe four inches left. Now I couldn’t find anyone to take pictures of me, so I took a bunch of selfies. I know that we hate selfies, and they’re silly, and all that jazz, but they’re a knitblogger’s best friend on occasion. So you’re just going to have to deal with it.
I think the hat goes very well with my turquoise skinny jeans and the dragonfly scarf from my mom 🙂 Also, since I didn’t have the presence of mind to snap a pic of the back while I was outside in good light, you get instead a photo from indoors. But it will at least give you the right idea.
Isn’t that little knot in the middle super cute?? I love that little detail.
So a few specs. I knit this with Takhi yarns Jolie, 80% angora/20% merino. This yarn sheds like CRAZY. I think that’s probably why they discontinued it. There’s a light halo of angora over my entire apartment now, alas. However, I thought I’d try to minimize the shedding in the finished project, so when I blocked it I gave it a bath in warm water and agitated it for a good five minutes (just swirling it around I. the water.) I know you’re not supposed to do either of those things, but I did and it totally worked. The finished hat doesn’t shed at all, and I wore it with a black sweater, so believe me, I’d know 😛 I didn’t want to shrink it, just full it slightly so that the fibers would stick together. I now have something I’m totally happy with, and the agitation brought up an absolutely gorgeous halo.
I needed a happy little palette cleanser after that monkey sweater, and this for the bill perfectly. I love it!! And of course, this is me now.
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