Posts Tagged ‘beret’

My favourite skein

July 1, 2009

It was purple. It had flecks of many different colours. It was soft and slubby. It was vibrant and comforting and breathtakingly beautiful, and it made me smile every time I pulled it out of my stash and snuggled it. I loved it, I really wanted to wear it, but I had to find the perfect project. I was sure inspiration would present itself one day, and in the meantime the skein was safe in my stash, waiting for its moment to shine.


A couple of weekends ago, its moment finally arrived. It had been building up for a while. I had known for a few days I wanted to make a hat out of it, and I browsed several patterns on Ravelry, and thought about how to use the skein to its best advantage, and generally let things settle in my mind. The way autumn leaves settle onto water, gently. And one morning I woke up and the answer was there in my mind: Urchin.

I had already made one Urchin, as a birthday present for Libby a little while ago. I love the way the pattern is designed to show off the texture and colour of a unique skein of yarn. I wanted mine to be a bit more slouchy than the green one though. I didn’t want to have to modify the pattern (sometimes mindless knitting is something we all need) so I made a larger size and knit really tightly on the stitches that would form the brim—and it seemed to work. Which is lucky as otherwise it would have been far too big and might have slipped off comically at awkward moments. At least, it fits after one blocking, but I guess we’ll see how it goes with further washes. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to ensure a continued fit, though.

I love it so much :)


I’m such a sucker for multicoloured hand-dyed yarns. They look so good in the skein but I’m not a big fan of pooling and I’ve been disappointed before with how something knits up. But I think the radial slashes of colour add something, instead of detracting from the colour and structure of the whole. Kudos to Ysolda and her amazing design skills!


(And please excuse my terrible photography skills—turns out it’s quite hard to take a photo of the back of your own head.)

It makes me so happy when projects turn out as beautifully, if not more so, as I imagined. I don’t even miss snuggling into that skein.


Green’s not that difficult, actually

June 1, 2009

Just wanted to share some pics of the lovely birthday girl Libby in the beret I knit her!


The pattern is Urchin by Ysolda Teague and I made it in that amazing green handspun I shared with you a little while ago.

Libby’s favourite colour is green. When I was showing her my stash a few months ago she picked up that skein, snuggled into it and told me she loved it—so it’s been earmarked for her since then. I love it when people tell me exactly what they like, it makes gift-giving so much easier!

It’s Libby’s birthday today, but as I’m out of the country (more on that soon) I gave Urchin to her on Thursday, when I saw her last. We were sitting on the couch having coffee at our favourite cafe, A Bite to Eat. A good way for both of us to start our Thursdays, I think.


Happy Birthday, gorgeous girl!

The prettiest beret in the world

May 11, 2009

Although you’ve already seen it in the photos from yesterday, I wanted to gush about my new red beret :)

red lace

The pattern is the Ishbel Beret by Ysolda Teague, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed knitting something more. The yarn I used—a cashmere, merino and microfibre blend—was so lovely to knit with too, it just made the whole experience perfect! At one point I had to frog because of a mistake I made in the lace, but I was having a such a good time I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I was even looking forward to knitting it all again, because, well, I’d get to knit it all again.


Can’t say I’ve ever felt that before.

In any case, I now have the most beautiful red beret, the subject of many envious groans. Which means it fits in well with the rest of my wardrobe, the philosophy of which is ‘if it doesn’t make other people jealous, it’s not worth wearing’.

sooooo pretty

Ravellers can find more details here.

Now I’m off to Stitch n Bitch, where I’ll hopefully have a chance to boast a bit more!