When I go on the road, I like to take some travel knitting with me. You know, something portable, not too difficult to knit, with little need for refering to charts or directions. Before I headed to
for Knitters Connection, I started a hat that I thought would be perfect
travel knitting. Columbus
I spun the yarn myself. And I didn’t make much. There were two yarns. One was a two-ply yarn of some lovely carded roving from Handspun by Stefania. It was a blend of CVM and silk, and Stefania had dyed the fibers with indigo and osage. A lovely, gentle light blue. The second yarn was a combination of one ply of that same CVM/silk roving and the other ply texturally spun from a small amount of dyed Teeswater locks that I purchased from Wild Hare Fiber Studio.
Here’s a picture of the yarn with the locks:
I failed to record the amount of yarn I made. Or, if I did, I lost the tags…
Even combining the two yarns, I wasn’t sure I had enough for a hat. But I started one anyway. I knitted the brim with an old stitch pattern called “Cayce” I’d found in a unidentifiable vintage knitting magazine. I’ve used this stitch before for my Tattoo sweater (see blog entry January 23, 2011).
I had more of the CVM/silk yarn than of the lock yarn, so for the brim I used only the CVM/silk yarn. Then for the rest of the hat, I used both yarns, intermittently working stripes of the lock yarn. I knitted the rounds of the CVM silk, and I purled the rounds of the lock yarn. Then I applied three very cool buttons.
Here’s the hat.
Only after strong blocking did it comfortably fit my itty bitty head. And here’s all the yarn I had left over.
By the way, I was so obsessed with the worry of not having enough yarn that I knitted up the hat very rapidly just to see. I finished it before I left for
leaving me with no travel knitting for that trip. Columbus