I wanted to make a special gift for my son’s girlfriend. So I looked through my stash and found some yarn that I made from Sweet Georgia Yarn fibre club (in fact I wrote about it in a blog post a while back). The colours were perfect for her — Placid Waters is the name of the colour way. Last year I made her mitts, so this year it had to be a hat. The yarn is a worsted/chunky weight, so it was just right for the pattern I had in mind.
The pattern is called Foliage by Emilee Mooney and you can get it on Knitty.com or here. Knit on size 5mm needles, the hat knits up quickly — 1 1/2 days. Seriously, I could have knit it in a single day if I had to. (As far as my aspirations about 100 mile wear go, this one is not Triple A. It’s a B+. I spun the yarn and knit the hat. The fibre is from Sweet Georgia Yarns, a local fibre artist — who does all the dyeing in her studio downtown).
Here’s a close-up of the hat. The yarn 50% merino, 25% bamboo and 25% silk is wonderful stuff. The colours are rich and the sheen from the bamboo and silk give an elegance you wouldn’t expect in a chunky yarn.