Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fair Isle is contagious


... and I, who was content to happily knit Aran things with twisty cables, felt the urge to take up a Fair Isle project. I turned to a book on hats by Anna Zilboorg, which I like for two reasons - they're small, and they're weirdly shaped.
I learned that Anna's not so much into writing lengthy directions. It took me four tries, a spate of really undignified pouting and several running starts to figure out exactly where she meant for the various increases and decreases to go. At least the repeated frogging gave me a chance to get my tension right.
Blocking something like this presents an entirely different set of problems. The top of the hat is pentagonal and it's got that funky point on it which is not shaped anything like any ironing board I have. The very top is unblocked, which I need to fix, because it's also a little corrugated.
Anyway. I present to you a pentagonal hat from "45 Fun and Fanciful Hats to Knit" by Anna Zilboorg. The yarn includes two colors of Cascade 220, a little bit of Merino Style and some Wool of the Andes, dyed by me, using logwood purple, a natural dye extract.
I present it to you atop the Fool's head, because the hat suits his long face better than my face.

7 comments:

GaiaGal said...

I love it. The jaunty tilt just has to make one smile!!

~Suz~

Chery said...

That is a pretty hat and looks good on the bearded face!

Aidan said...

Wow. The Fool got a haircut. I didn't recognize him. Did he trim the beard as well?

I love hats. But you are right about the difficulties they present when it comes time to block. I have blocked hats on baloons, on canisters, on saucepans...anything I can find.

When I have something with a point or odd little jiggle like yours, I will tightly wad up craft paper -- really wad it up tightly -- and put in in the point of the (wet) hat. Then I'll smoothly stretch the hat over the inappropriately used hosehold object.

meg said...

I've been eyeing various household items for suitability in blocking, and right now, the leader is a big bottle of cleaning vinegar. That, with some paper might do the trick. And yeah, the Fool had a little bit of topiary work done re: the beard.

Kenny said...

Wow, that would be a great companion for Rosemarkie!!

meg said...

Kenny - that occurred to me, but I prefer to think it's an example of the household hive mind at work when it comes to picking colors. I don't know if I'm quite ready to go stomping around Chicago in head-to-toe handknits....

the fiddlin' fool said...

Hey! Between the socks, the hat, and the mittens, I stomp around Chicago in handknits almost every day...