My current work in progress:

Merveille Du Jour, designed by Alice Starmore, knit from Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2-ply and 3-ply, using 3.0mm, 3.5mm, and 4.0mm needles.

Strathendrick

After completing my last hat, I cast on for a large project: Strathendrick, an oversized sweater from Kate Davies’ West Highland Way Club, which is ongoing right now. The sweater uses hr new yarn, Milarrochy Tweed:

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Here is my progress so far:

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This is a slow knit — the yarn is a fine fingering weight and the row gauge is 36 rows /4″ so it takes a lot of knitting to see any progress. And I am making the largest size, which is more than 500 stitches around.

I love the pattern and I love the yarn. I think the combination of design + yarn + colors is perfection and it is a joy to knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is in couch potato mode.

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Of Hats and Pompoms

The four winners of a copy of the Mountain Peak Hat pattern, two copies provided by me and two generously donated by the pattern designer  Sandra C, are:

  • melodyinfl
  • AnimalCrazy
  • momcatb
  • omama

You four have received or will soon receive the pattern as a gift from either me or from Sandra C. Check your Ravelry inboxes. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and to Sandra C for donating patterns!

There was a question in the comments: where does one purchase faux fur pompoms? I have purchased faux fur pompoms from The Loopy Ewe and from various Etsy sellers.

My Alaska Hat pompom came from The Loopy Ewe. My Mountain Peak Hat pompom came from Etsy seller LocalitySD.

It did occur to me that a faux fur pompom would not be too difficult to make. All you need is faux fur fabric, polyester fiberfill, and yarn. Cut the faux fur in a circle. Using a sharp needle threaded with yarn, work a running stitch around the outside edge of the circle. pull it tight to make a hollow ball and stuff with fiberfill before pulling to together completely and securing. Easy, right? The only drawback is finding cheap faux fur fabric for sale. By the yard, good faux fur can be quite expensive. Of course you don’t need much for a pompom — a quarter yard will get you several poms, depending on the width. I’m still on the hunt for remnant pieces for discount prices.

Incidentally, I’ve seen it written as both pompom and pompon. According to the Grammarist:

The term for a decorative tuft of material such as wool or ribbon was originally pompon, which came to English from French in the 19th century, but the misheard form pompom has gradually gained ground. Today, the two are used about equally in English. Two-word spellings such as pom pom and pom pon have never been standard, though they appear in informal contexts, and hyphenated forms such as pom-pom are likewise nonstandard. There’s no reason for the word to have a hyphen.

So technically “pompon” is more correct, but all my life I’ve seen it as “pompom.” Old habits die hard.

I finished another hat, this one pompom-less:

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This is the Hedda Hat, designed by Trin-Annelie, knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in limited edition colorways “Lily” and “Greenery,” purchased from The Loopy Ewe.

Next up is a BIG project.

Loki can’t wait!

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Hat Trick

I’ve knit three hats in a row: a hat trick! Here is Hat the Third: The pattern is Mountain Peak Hat, by Sandra C, and I knit mine in Dream in Color City yarn, in the Grey Tabby Colorway, on a U.S. size 6 needle. That’s my colleague Kate modeling the hat.It really looks great […]

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Hats!

It’s been hats week here. When I finished my Merveille du Jour poncho, I cast on this: This is “Alaska” by Camille Descoteaux. I knit it from the Dream in Color, Dream Club January 2018 Set, which consists of two skeins of Dream in Color Jilly with Cashmere, in the colorways Chesley and Black Plum. I […]

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Merveille du Jour

Done! This is Merveille du Jour, designed by Alice Starmore, which I purchased as a kit from Virtual Yarns. The kit includes a matching hat, and I do plan to knit it, but I’m starting something else before I make it, just for a change. Stay tuned! We are art the beginning of a government shutdown, […]

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