Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hill Country

Hill Country Hats

Matchy matchy! The pattern is Hill Country Hat from Clara Parke's book, The Knitter's Book of Wool. A wonderful pattern, from a wonderful book. Easy, engaging, and it showcases hand spun yarns really well.

So these hats are both made from yarn spun at different stages of my spinning 'career'. Sort of a study of Jacob Sheep's Wool over time. The gray came from Mass Sheep and Wool Festival and got spun into yarn in Summer '09, one of my first attempts at long draw. Not as successful as the Brown hat, spun Spring '10. Visible improvement!

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That's a Jacob sheep, and you can see they have two sets of horns. An ancient and rare breed, I think they are coming into their own with hand spinners. There were lots of them on display at the Garden State Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend and I predict there will be many at Rhinebeck this year. I do love Jacob and will spin more. Maybe even a sweater - I bet this stuff would cable nicely, it's so springy!

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In both cases I had to double the yarn to approximate the required gauge. And boy, are these hats squishy!! While the Brown fits the Pumpkin Head perfectly, the Gray is a tad big for me. But it will work so I'll leave it be.

That brown yarn was a delightful gift of roving from the Rooster. I made careful note of the shepherd's name because someday I'd like to place an order and then mosey on up to Ithaca to pick it up! I like meeting the sheep in person! Rooster also included some amazing music in that gift package, thank you thank you, for expanding my horizons, Amy!

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I love both of the hats, but am really proud of the Brown. It looks great, it fits well, it's from gifted roving and was in turn made into a gift from a decently spun yarn. Pay it forward.

As a set these hats tell the story of a hand spinner learning her craft while using materials sourced from the region, and then knitting very wearable and attractive (and warm) garments for the family. What's not to love?!

PS - photo credit for all but the sheep shot: Fran Janik www.franjanik.com



13 comments:

Oiyi said...

Beautiful hats and beautiful photos of the both of you.

barefootrooster said...

awww. love the hats -- and i love seeing these pictures of the two of you (well, and the dogs)! you guys look terrific. (also, hooray for spinning progress! you make gorgeous yarn.)

Susie said...

Those hats look great! What beautiful photos!

muchadored said...

What lovely photos of your family. And great hats, too!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful pics. Perfect autumn hats.

knottygnome said...

i love that pattern--it's a great one and your handspun journey is heartwarming! i like jacob too.

Sara said...

Great pictures of you two. You look all happy and chilled out and in vacation mode.

Sarah B. said...

I'm going to echo the sentiments already expressed...great hats, even better pictures! You guys look so happy and content!

Mary said...

Terrific hats! I have some handspun in the stash and need to make a hat--I think we found a match!

daniel said...

Lovely hats, lovely photos - you guys are so cute!

anniesue said...

You two are so cute! I love the hats.

Katie M. said...

So much to love! Wonderful pictures and happy hats!

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