Monday, May 02, 2005

Spindle Spun Gnomy Hat

I couldn't let those first spindling efforts go to waste so I made this:

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It's the "Gnomy Hat" from "Knitter's Almanac" by Elizabeth Zimmerman. She is a genius! This is the first toque I have ever tried on, let alone knit, that doesn't slide up off the ears in the wearing. It is specially designed with simple shaping that makes it a little longer over the ears. I think it looks great. It was easy to knit too.

What makes this hat EXTRA special (to me anyway) is that it is my very first spinning efforts. All of the singles, and most of the plying, were done on a drop spindle. There is quite a bit of variation in the thickness of the yarn. The very first bit, where I was an absolute beginner, is quite thick. As I learned it got thinner and more evenly spun. In the knitting of the hat, I had to double the strands of my later efforts to make them match the gauge of the earlier stuff.

The scarf in the picture is a WIP I'll be discussing later.

9 comments:

Wanna Be said...

It's so beautiful. What wonderful work!

Rabbitch said...

Excellent job! You give me hop. Um, hope. And stuff.

wendy said...

Nice work, you've done beautifully.

Nannette said...

I absolutely adore your hat!! Great work!!!!!

Kary said...

Love! Love! LOVE it!! Great job!!

Rosr said...

That's awesome. Love the colors.

Bonnie said...

Very nice, I love hats but they always ride up on the ears. This would solve that problem.
Bonnie

Joy said...

great job, awesome! you say that hat is in the almanac? hmmm, i feel a new project coming on!

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

They are both beauties. The colors! So there will be more about the scarf later, looking forward to that.
Deb~Dudley