Monday, December 10, 2012

Snawheid

Last week was so warm that when the Vesey's 2013 seed catalog arrived I felt like I needed to hurry and place an order so I could start my garden. That was last week. This week has started out cold and snowy, the kind of weather a knitter waits all year for. Which makes me especially happy that I finished this hat over the weekend. It is Snawheid, the latest pattern by Kate Davies.




The snowflake pattern is great, but it's not the best part of this hat. Check out the crown.




I'm sure the neighbours thought I was crazy yesterday when they looked over and saw me standing on my back deck taking pictures of my head. Lots of pictures from all sorts of angles. While it was snowing. By the time I got back inside my hands were frozen (my head was nice and warm though, thanks to the hat!).

Then last night I had that vague feeling that I didn't feel quite right, and I was gradually becoming more aware of the presence of my throat than one normally should be. I went to bed trying to be optimistic, but when I woke up this morning I knew it was a lost cause. The rational part of my brain keeps telling me colds are caused by viruses, not by standing out in freezing temperatures with bare hands. The not so rational part is agreeing with the neighbours - I must have been crazy.

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  1. I LOVE IT! :) Beautiful work, Lady.

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    1. Thanks! At least this time I was smart enough to knit something that wouldn't appeal to Alexandra, which means I will get to keep the hat for myself. :-)

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  2. Nice!I love the blue; it flatters you! I bought this pattern when it came out and the yarn for it arrived last week. Not sure if I'm going to put the big pom-pom on it ... i like yours without.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. What yarn did you order? I used the Excelana - it was my first time knitting with it - and it was wonderful yarn. I just wish they had it available in more colours. As far as the pom-pom, there was no way I was covering up the top with anything!

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  3. Feel better soon! It looks exceptionally cold there, but your hat is gorgeous. xx

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    1. It is just a few degrees below zero, but compared to what it has been it feels very cold. Thanks for the compliment about the hat!

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  4. OOOO! That hat turned out beautifully! We're still waiting on the arrival of our first snow. I hope you can spend some time resting and drinking tea, so you can feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you Michele! Resting and drinking tea, along with a bit of knitting, is exactly what I plan to do this afternoon.

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  5. gosh, that hat is stunning -- and not just the pattern, but also your yarn choices. that style hat is so unflattering on me, so i'm keenly envious of people like you, who can wear it with such panache and style! i hope resting and tea help you feel better soon (and knitting too, of course....)

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    1. I'm not sure about the panache and style part, but at least this kind of hat makes me look less goofy than other kinds. You should see me in a slouchy hat. It is a very scary sight. :-)

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  6. Great looking hat! Love the colours you used.

    No, supposedly cold doesn't give you a cold.....but I think it still has something to do with it LOL.....feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks Anne! It is one of my favourite shades of blue.

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  7. You didn't get a cold from standing outside.

    Now we've put that aside ... ;-)

    The crown of that hat is stunning. And it looks lovely on you.

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    1. I know I didn't. It was just a nasty coincidence. Well, I'm 99.9% sure it was just a coincidence. :-)

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  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous hat! I love Kate's patterns, and all the better, my copy of her new book arrive :)

    Yes cold can lead to colds (the clue is in the name!) ... it's to do with optimum body temp and enzymes and immune systems or something, I can never remember exactly. Feel better x

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    1. Oh, I am so jealous! My book hasn't arrived yet. I think the yarn I ordered to knit the Scatness Tam is going to get here before the book! Have you picked a pattern to knit from it yet?

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  9. I'll echo Kate...you know you didn't get a cold from being outside. Now what your neighbors thought of you...that's a whole other topic.

    The hat is beautiful (and look at that crown!) and I bet it is a permanent fixture to your head. I hear it's been a wee bit chilly up north lately. I was going to have to go to northern BC in about a week to do helicopter work and I have to admit to not being disappointed at all when that fell through!

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    1. If you like being warm it is a good thing your field work got cancelled. We haven't had any of the bitter cold that has hit the northern most part of the province, at least not yet. As nice as this hat is, when it gets that cold I need to bring out one of my hats that was knit with something thicker than fingering weight yarn.

      As far as the neighbours go it isn't the first time they have seen me outside taking pictures of my knitting. It was, however, the first time they have seen me taking pictures of my head. :-)

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  10. Such a beautiful hat! It was worth the pictures, but maybe indoors next time. I've convinced myself that making my body fight the cold makes it harder for me to fight viruses. But thinking that hasn't helped, I am a day behind you on the path to a full-blown cold. Three cups of tea today helped, but only my mood. Hope you recover quickly.

    PS - Yay for fruitcake! I only know 2 or 3 people who like any version of it--none of them live with me.

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    1. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear you have caught this bug. I hope you laced at least one of those cups of tea with a bit of whisky and honey.

      Not that I have ever tried this, but I have heard rumours that fruitcake is quite good with whipped cream on it.

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    2. Honey, but no whiskey (yet). I did lace my Scope with peroxide--a quick gargle followed by 30 seconds of swishing. It seems to have helped.

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    3. I have heard that peroxide works, but I have never been brave enough to try it. I hope you are feeling better!

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  11. Lol I love your posts, they make me giggle!! I have totally been there with taking photos of my head! That is a gorgeous hat, and I hope your throat is feeling a bit better!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Isn't it hard to take pictures of your own head? There is something about the angle that just doesn't work out right. I must have taken at least 30 pictures in order to get one that I could use.

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  12. Love the hat..perfect colors for winter! And really, looks perfect for you! Hope you feel better soon!!

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    1. Thanks Aneta! I was very happy with the colours. It is always hard to tell when ordering online because you have no idea if the monitor colours are going to be close to the real thing. This time it worked!

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  13. Pretty hat! There has been a few of those moments here too. Taking photo of one self wearing a hat is hard ;)

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    1. Your pictures are always so beautiful Hege!

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  14. What a lovely hat!!! Tell me more about teh yarn you used please (its bran name doesn't say much to me unfortunately)... I am already thinking what is in my stash that would work... what do you think of the knit picks?

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    1. The yarn is Excelana, and I had never heard of it before I bought it for this project. It is a British yarn made from 70% Exmoor Blueface and 30% Bluefaced Leicester. It has 174 yards (159m) in 50 grams. I think the Knit Picks Palette would work, but be sure to check the fit after you have knit a few inches on it. I think you will like making this hat - it goes really fast!

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