Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sheep Heid

Some things are just meant to be. They are so obvious that even the most obtuse person realizes A Moment has arrived. For me that moment occurred the day after I arrived home from my trip to Scotland. One of my favourite knitwear designers, Kate Davies (yes, the same one who designed the Owl sweater I blogged about), came out with a new pattern.

If I had commissioned a piece of knitting art to commemorate my time walking the Cateran Trail this is exactly what I would have requested. The original Sheep Heid uses the nine natural colours of Jamieson & Smith's Shetland Supreme yarn. I love the subtle shades of the colours in the hat, but decided to try something a bit different. My memories of that time are of blue skies arching over green hills dotted with sheep. I went through my stash of Knit Picks Palette and realized I only needed to order a few colours to do what I wanted with this pattern. I'm rather pleased with the result.




Now I need to patiently wait for the arrival of my order of Shetland Supreme from Jamieson & Smith. This hat was just a warm-up for the real thing. My plan for Wovember is to knit a whole flock of Sheep Heids (Ravelry project link).

18 comments:

  1. Both beautiful and hilarious! I want one! :)

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  2. That's beautiful! I haven't tried much colorwork yet myself, but a few of Kate Davies' colorwork patterns are definitely on my "someday" list.

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  3. LOL, that's a great design, you knit a beautiful cap.

    I confused Wovember with Movember, but clicking on the link set me straight.

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  4. @Jill - I definitely think you should knit one!

    @randipants - Kate Davies is definitely the person to go to if you want great colour work patterns. You should give one of them a try! It isn't difficult, and it is fun to watch the pattern emerge.

    @Ric - Thanks! I think you are very patient to keep reading my blog in spite of the fact it has knitting content on a regular basis. :-)

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  5. I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the sheep!

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  6. I enjoy learnng about things other people are interested in. I appreciate you sharing.

    Many of my blog friends have turned to trying to make money through their blogs. Either they're selling something or promoting something for someone else. When it's just once in a while, it doesn't bother me. But when that's all they blog about, I do lose interest in their page.

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  7. Brilliant! Love it. Can't wait to see the rest of the flock :D

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  8. ah, that's so adorable! i love it in color.

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  9. It's such a beautiful design (I read Kate's blog too), and I love your version of it!

    Also, I really like the changes you made to your header, the quote is much easier to read now. And the picture on the right is just like your hat!

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  10. @Maureen - You were right! That pattern had my name on it.

    @Ric -Thanks for sticking with my blog. And I don't think you have to worry about me trying to make money with this blog. It would not be possible. I might on occasion point out a charity I think is worthy though.

    @Annie - Thank you! The rest of the flock will happen as soon as my yarn arrives. My Sheep Heid needs the company. :-)

    @Katherine - Thanks! I like my version too, but I think I prefer the original. It will be interesting to compare them once I have knit up the original.

    And thanks for your help with the blog header. The only thing I have left to fix is getting it centred. I can't figure out how to do that. How did you manage to get yours centred?

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  11. Kristie,

    That's such a cute designed hat. I love sheep. And you look great and warm. I'm glad you had a chance to visit Scotland.

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  12. @terri -Thanks! It seems to be a popular design!

    @keiko - Yes, Kate Davies is a very talented designer. I admire artists who can portray a picture in a knitted item. I wish I had that talent but sadly I am just a knitter, not an artist. :-)

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  13. I wondered the same thing about that teacher, but I didn't mention it to my wife. She can't do anything now, so I don't want her to fret. Of course she is special, but you're right about her not being his only...um...I don't know what to call it.

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  14. ooh the toque is really nice, I love the design!

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  15. I'm not sure how I got mine centred, I don't recall ever having a problem with it being off centre. The only thing I can think of is that it might be due to the blogger template you are using.

    I hadn't even noticed until you pointed it out :)

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  16. @Pop - Isn't Kate Davies the most amazing designer? I love everything she has ever done.

    @Katherine - I think you might be right about it being the template. I am just going to leave it as is. I am probably the only one who is really bothered by it.

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