Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Lavender Llama

A new knitting friend of mine, Corrina, is a budding designer. I met her at Knitwitz in Jacksonville, and when I saw her at the Midnight Knit In a couple of weeks ago she was knitting a fabulous hat that she was designing. I admired it all night, and last week she asked me to test knit the pattern. I was so honored, and I said yes immediately. As soon as I received the pattern I went to my LYS to purchase some yarn and cast on. I just couldn't wait to start this project.

I decided to splurge a bit on the yarn for this project so I purchased Miski by Mirasol Yarn. I have had my eye on this one for a while. It is 100% baby llama, and I chose a soft lavender shade (102). I rarely go for the purple shades even though I adore the color. This yarn is heavenly soft, and it was an absolute dream to work with. And it didn't break my budget since I only needed 215 yards for this project.

The pattern is the Surrey Hat, and it will be available for purchase through her site as soon as all of her test knitters are finished. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this pattern, and it was very easy to follow. Corrina did a fabulous job explaining each step, and the hat just flew off my needles. I started the project on Thursday, and I had the bulk of the knitting done in two days. I just finished it up tonight and wove in the ends. It still needs to be blocked, but I just couldn't wait to share the finished project with everyone.

Without further adeu.....drumroll....the Surrey Hat!

The pattern starts out with a lovely basic cable, and then it moves into a honeycomb pattern. It is so pretty, and the shaping is outstanding. The decreases happen pretty fast so no cone head issues here. :) I usually have a lot of trouble finding hats that fit me properly. They always pop off. Well, not this hat. It fits my head perfectly, and even with my hair curly and a bit out of control it fits like a glove. I am very very pleased with it.

Overall I give this pattern 5 stars. The instructions are clear, photos are given when needed, and the design is so interesting. I had a lot of fun with this, and I have added this pattern to my holiday gift list.