Let me clarify – these are not “summer” hats. These are most definitely cold time hats. But I made them for the Summer Festival of the Arts this weekend in hopes of encouraging wool purchases during July. Hats are more of an accessory, right? People wear them all the time… right? Honestly, I don’t care at this point. I’m loading up the car today. We’re selling tomorrow, so if my merchandise is wrong, it’s too late now.
Regardless, I had a blast making these hats. I ended up with a whole pile of super chunky yarn, most of which were my corespinning experiments. I knew they were too thick for mitts and perhaps a little too coarse for neckwear, but I thought they could work in hats. Combining them, in my typical way, with neutrals, each hat contains a funky yarn full of different fibers and a nice natural shade of wool or alpaca. Now I have some good examples of what you can make with a 40 yard skein of corespun super bulk! Even though I have a lot of experience knitting hats, I had never really gone from brain rather than patterns. This was also a good exercise in hat shapes and learning how many stitches to cast on. For each hat I kept casting on fewer and fewer (some ended up pretty big) until I was down to about 40 or 50 stitches.
My neighbor at Wooster was Marlene, who has her own angora bunnies at home. She had quite an extensive collection of yarn with her, all containing different quantities of angora. All weekend she sat in her booth spinning. And she spun some pretty awesome corespun yarns. I watched intently, as I have not had much success with said technique. So once I got home, I had to try it again. Pulled out some batts I carded last summer/fall and just tried not to over think things. So far it’s still sitting on the bobbin waiting to be plied, but it doesn’t look too bad! I bought some silver and gold thread to ply it with. That’s tonight’s project. 😀
Last weekend I went to NOAM – Northern Oaken War Maneuvers – and merchanted for the first time at an SCA event. It was a lovely weekend and I got to visit with friends, so it was successful as far as that’s concerned. In the SCA, people like to do things for themselves; or they buy really complicated things they can’t make themselves, like helmets. But yarn is something that most people either don’t use or make themselves, so it’s a tough crowd. I did make a really great new friend: Katie of Soulare Soaps. She and I did a swap. Yarn for soap! These four yummy looking bars are just that – yummy! She uses only edible ingredients, like cereals and food coloring. I have them sitting right next to my wheel and I can smell them. Can’t wait to try them out!