Finished this little hat over the weekend.
It’s not very often that I finish a Woolalong project in the same month that the WAL began, but this time, I did it. Just barely.
The breed for September was Shropshire. It’s classed as a Down-type wool in the Knitter’s Book of Wool, as well as in the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook. I used yarn from Solitude Wool that looks like a singles yarn, but (as with most commercially produced singles yarns) is really two strands of fiber twisted together. It feels and acts like most of the Down breeds. Nice and lofty with plenty of air inside the yarn to trap body heat. Perfect for things like mittens…things to keep you warm like a stranded hat.
The pattern I used here is the Classic Octopus Hat by Molly Kent. Once again, I discover that I don’t really love executing stranded knitting. But once again, I also discover that I love the end result so much, I’ll suffer through any amount of it — even long floats that have to be captured multiple times — to get to finished.
(Once again, I discover that the Little Bird is going to run off with one of my hats. Which is all good. It suits her.)
Now I think she needs some matching mittens. I’ve got my eye on the remaining 4 ounces of this Shetland from Southern Cross Fibre for that:
Looks like it’s time for a little stash-diving…
Happy Tuesday, Friends!