FO11 – topographie hat

I don’t know which yarn fairy* I’ve pleased but Ravelry is now available for me to peruse from my work PC.
Previously it was in the same list as facebook, twitter, and pintrest and whenever I tried to access it, instead I got a red screen telling me that Ravelry was not an acceptable website to view at work.

Of course I absolutely agreed with that decision! The last thing I need is for my already short attention span to be distracted by another SQUIRREL!!! I mean time wasting website, when I’m desperately trying to focus on work.

But I do get a lunch break, which I usually spend untangling my brain and catching up on blogs, news, and now I can catch up on all thing Ravelry.

Which has made me realise just how neglected my account has been this year. And also how many more objects I’ve finished that I had forgotten about. (My Sisters Knitter recently blogged about why we remember what’s unfinished more than what we’ve finished. It’s worth a read as well as the Psychology Today article which inspired it.)

My topographie hat somehow made a mention in Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, but then I forgot about uploading any photos or updating my projects page.

Which is unusually odd as I actually wear this hat all the time! I love it’s slouchiness, and I think the pattern really makes the colours pop.

The yarn used is a custom dye from Ladybug Fibre Company in the colourway I call ‘Port Adelaide Agression’.
It’s Teal, Black, and Grey self striping in fingering weight, which I’ve held double. The pattern then asks you to watch what the colours do and so whenever the two strands matched I purled instead of knitted. I think it creates a bit of interest in what would otherwise be a pretty basic hat.

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*the yarn fairy may just be my work-friend in IT whose daughter is learning to knit and so I keep sending him ravelry links of things which might help her out.
He’s probably annoyed that he can’t open them at work so he waved his magic IT wand.
It’s nice having friends in IT.

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A tale of 4 cowls

My best friend has the misfortune of supporting a football team with terrible colours.
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Its also difficult to find nice options in the predominantly male clothing options (or icky t-shirts) available.
So I was thinking about this and made a drunken yarn purchase.
I found this yarn on etsy and just had to!

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So now I’m trying to find the perfect pattern.

I’ve narrowed it down to the following. Clicking the photo will take you to it’s ravelry page.

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Weeble-wobble cowl.
This has interesting construction and I’m interested to see how it’s made.

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Stratosphere Cowl
This one has an interesting zig zag part but would show off the different colours really well.

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Chevron Sunshine
I’ve not done chevrons before and think that this pattern would also show off the brown & gold nicely.

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Woodstack
I really like the lace on this. It would be a bit of a challenge but I still think its elegant without being too much.

Ultimately the decision will be made by the recipient, but tell me what your favourite is.
Is there a pattern you’d recommend? Is the perfect pattern not in my shortlist?

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