Cruel Sea Cowl · knitting · Knotted Hat · Wensleydale Longwool

Laughably in love…

with knitting.  Like all great love affairs I just didn’t see this one coming.   I yearn after yarn, I pine for the perfect pattern, I swoon at the potential of swatches.  I spend way too much time photographing the objects of my obsession.

Natural Dye Studio
Mini Skeins – January 2014
Angelus 4 ply alpaca/silk/cashmere

Whilst I’d love to get that drape-y lavender hued gorgeousness onto some needles today, I have terribly resolutely stayed my hands and I have instead knitted a hat using the free Knotted Hat Knitting Pattern from Toft.


I had planned to knit this hearty hat with 100g of Aran weight Toft Alpaca in Oatmeal, but being in love, I am impulsive and instead it has been knitted with a tiny bit of Toft and about 100 grams of Wensleydale Longwool.  The Longwool is Aran weight in the ‘Denim’ colourway and came in a scarf kit with some hand dyed locks of fleece.


The tiny bit of Toft makes up the cream stripes whereas the coloured stripes are created using the fleecey locks held together with the denim Wensleydale.   There are some more notes on my gauge and pattern modifications on Ravelry.

As a newish knitter I love:

  • Hats – quite quick from a ball in a bag to adorning the body, maybe 12-15 hours of knitting.  I knit s*l*o*w*l*y.
  • Knitting in the round – I find it easier to envisage the final project and I’m not keen on seaming.
  • Simple, simple colourwork – if stripes even count as colourwork?  Here is an inside shot so you can see how I have bought the cream yarn up the back of the hat:


But what became of the 100 grams of Aran weight Toft Alpaca in Oatmeal?  If I had any staying power it would have been joined by many more grams of yarn and it would have become a submariner’s sweater.  However, I lack the stamina for a full blown sweater so instead it has become my Cruel Sea Cowl…  I’ll save that story for another post.  Here’s a sneak preview:

8 thoughts on “Laughably in love…

  1. Great job for a new knitter! Have you tried making a bag? They’re quick projects too. I made one last year with cabling on one side. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and it impressed my friends so much I had to make 2 more!

    1. Ah, yes, I quite forgotten. I have made a bag. And you are quite right, it’s a good suggestion for a newbie knitter. I’m still not very confident with cables though, how did you find them?

      1. Really easy, followed a pattern from a knitting magazine, you just need to keep a careful count of what row your on because when u get to the end if the row you’ll have no idea! Well, I didn’t!
        I also ended up having to start all over again as I went wrong and couldn’t work out what row I’d be on if I pulled it back. I was on a night shift at work tho – tired and bad lighting!! It wasn’t even the 1st bag, it was the 3rd!
        Good luck!!

  2. Ha! I knew you’d be lured from the dark side (crochet) eventually! If you’re looking for quick but satisfying knits may I suggest (cough cough) baby items (ahem)?!

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