I thought you might like this…
See, in the spirit of waste not, want not, and not having loads of scrappy bits of yarn left over that you can’t bear to throw away but won’t quite make something else…
The Owl and the Pussycat, remember?
So, I had one ball of Lang Merino Color+ yarns in colour 9 and one ball of Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran in Camel
The Debbie Bliss provided the base colour for the hat, while the Lang Merino produced a beautifully undulating colour up to the crown.
Well!! I had quite a lot left, so I thought “Why the heck not?” and I reversed the colour scheme.
I completely love the result. What do you think?
Here they are together:
I should probably stop knitting these now, but I’ve seriously loved them so don’t be surprised if one or two more sneak in…
(You can find the pattern here if you want some owls and pussycats yourself)
I really did.
And it really did start off as a hat for ‘Imself:
And, I am very happy to report, he tells me it is “the hat he always wanted”. So, TICK that one off the list!
But it has, of course, evolved into something a little more delicate, something a bit more feminine, something a bit less…. big and we now have The Owl and the Pussycat mark II
Or, if you’d like to see it on:
And yes, it is actually now, as we speak, beginning its fourth incarnation with the pattern in relief:
(I’ll post a pic of the completed relief hat when it’s finished 🙂 )
I used 4mm needles for the rib, 5mm for the body of the hat and two varieties of aran-weight wool: solid colour and graduating.
If you fancy a go yourself, you can find the pattern here. After all, it’s still chilly enough to warrant something woolly on your bonce, n’est-ce pas?