Jan 7, 2008

Lanolin Hat!

I am so glad that you liked my idea to change up Eye Candy Fridays. I look forward to seeing the things that other people love about where they live. I've always been a fan of the tour books that take you off the beaten path and that's kind of how I see this. It'll be less of the postcard shots and famous places and more charming or interesting little details. Maybe I'll put up a list of other blogs that are participating in the bloggy travelogue.

DSC_0043Speaking of stuff I posted last week - looking back I realized that I didn't post any knitting or fiber at all last week. No fiber on my fiber blog. That's so weird because I finished 2007 in a knitty frenzy and most of it came out exactly as I planned so I have a bunch of stuff to share.
This hat took about a day to complete. It's so nice to sprinkle in a few super quick projects among the bigger ones. Progress feels good.

The pattern I used is called Cap Karma and I found it via the Brooklyn Tweed blog. This was such a good thing since Jared had a nice modification worked out for the decreases which I used. I really liked this pattern. It was simple and quick but the effect is nice. I do think that if/when I make it again I'll use a solid or semi-solid yarn which will show off the pattern better.

DQ in Daddy's Hat

This hat was for Hubbo but he's not nearly as photogenic as DQ (she really rocks the tween 'tude) so I asked her to model the hat for you.

Kiparoo Hat - with Lanolin!The yarn is Morning Myst from Kiparoo Farm and it's a wool/mohair blend. The color is lovely and the mohair didn't bother me as much as it usually does but the real story here was the lanolin. I've never worked with a yarn that was so full of lanolin before. It wasn't a bad experience but it was definitely different. The yarn felt solid and after working with it for a while my fingers were shiny from the lanolin coating. I was actually kind of fascinated by it.

The small picture above (the first one in this post) shows the fabric before I washed it out and I think that you can kind of see the effect of the lanolin. The yarn looks a little harsh. One it was washed the mohair started fuzzing a bit and the fabric started to look softer. I think that there's still quite a bit of lanolin in there though but I'm not sure what the best soap is for removing it. Any suggestions?


Carole Knits said...

Great hat! Is she going to actually let her father have it? LOL

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

That is a fun hat!