Finished Object – Hermione Hat for Angela

Another long break between posts and many personal excuses. Here’s not the place nor the time. However I will be going on a 160km (100 mile) charity walk with my brother and dog. My Just Giving page can be found under this link.

I’m now on my holidays in the UK, so I’ve been getting a bit of knitting done, and my roomie, Angela, asked for a hat for this winter.

I let her choose the pattern from my Ravelry queue thinking I’d use up some odd acrylic in my mum’s stash. But I didn’t filter the queue and unluckily for us she chose a 4ply pattern. I didn’t really mind, what’s another ball, so I agreed and went off to my mum’s. The first weekend here, while camping in Derbyshire, I cast this on. A week later it was finished and my brother took this awesome photos. The pattern is called Hermione’s Cable & Lace Hat and can be found on Ravelry here. It’s published on another blog but is free. There’s a wide variety of projects and much insperation for this on Raverly. I stuck with the original cream/white colour in the film this was based on, but not everyone did.

The yarn I used was from Hobby Craft, it cost £3 and it’s the Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic, I don’t dislike but I wouldn’t use it again. It made me think of Smoothie, by Patons, which is a DK weight, but the balls are very fragile and fall apart, this was 4ply, fell apart and got very, very tangled, texture wise, once knitted it was lovely. As a ball it was a pain in the ass. I did only use half of it though.

So what did I change in the pattern? Well, I cast on extra stitches because she said it might be small, I also worked an extra repeat to make it more slouchy because Angela prefers her hats like that. And I improvised the decreases because I wasn’t working from the pattern. These cables are good for a beginner who’s got the hang of decreasing and yarn overs. I do love it, and would probably do it again.

I’ve done well

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYup, I’ve done very well here, thank you mummy. So why do I have so much new yarn when it’s my mum’s birthday I’m here for? Don’t ask, I seem to be a magnetc when I come back here.

There’s two wool shops here, we went first to C&H Fabrics and spent around £38 on some fabric, a book, two balls of Sirdar Crofter, and the three blueish sequinned balls. We also entered the knitting bee with a very nice pair of socks and they gave us a £5 voucher! Then afterwards we went to Havant, and spend £50, but some of that was for my mum, I got two patterns, three balls of King Cole Tinsel, a ball of King Cole Moment, two grey balls of King Cole Comfort, a purple and a purple and white.

And now I have no space in my suitcase. But it’s okay. I have plans for all of these yarns, and soon I’m hoping to share them with you.

I also got some things from Purl City Yarns which is sadly closing.