Friday, January 26, 2007

Grape Hat

I am the Queen of UFO's. And if not THE Queen, I am definitely a full-fledged member of the sisterhood! One of my New Year's Resolutions is to work on that habit, and maybe even give up my throne.

My single skein of Paton's Merino that I dyed with grape Kool-Aid has been sitting here staring at me for the past couple of weeks. I dyed it as part of the Get-Stitchy Kool-Aid Dye Along. It was a great experiment, and needed to become more than just a pretty purple ball of yarn.

I finally got my hands on a copy of Fiber Trends' Felted Hat pattern. This was it. The pattern was extremely easy to follow. It's knit with a double strand on size 11 needles, so worked up very quickly. Having heard horror stories about light-colored wool yarn not felting, I was a little concerned about this skein. Remember, it did not start out purple.

I didn't need to worry after all. With just one and a half cycles through the washer, the hat was just the right size. I used an upside-down gallon jar to block it. Now, I am pondering embellishments... be continued.


Jen said...

Cool hat and a great color!

crissy said...

oh my that turned out wonderful great color too.

lisabeth said...

I love it!!

pedalpower said...

Love the color and shape of your hat!

JanKnitz said...

Help!!! You are not the queen of UFO's--I am!

I knit the Fiber Trends Rolled Brim Hat YEARS ago, but never felted it. So today I was felting a few other projects, and decided to felt that too.

But I can't find the *&%#@ pattern, and have no idea how to block the thing after all these years.

Can you summarize the directions explaining how to shape the rim after it has been felted for me? It does curl upward, but pretty unevenly. Who knows if I knit it correctly umpteen years ago??

Thanks for any help you can give.

(our names are very similar!)