Thursday, February 10, 2011

I love these hats!

A couple of weekends ago, I went to a knitting retreat in Buena Vista at a B&B, Liar's Lodge.   This place is a fishing lodge right on the Arkansas River and in the winter months they open to crafting groups like ours for the weekends.   It was a small group of 8 and we had the run of the place, which meant hanging around the common area in our PJ's!!   What could be better??

To top it off, there was a fabulous knitting/spinning store in the small downtown, Serendipity. It was stocked as well or better than most of the stores here in town.   Our group did a little retail/fiber therapy...ok... a LOT!   I spotted a pattern pamphlet that I hadn't seen before, the Lake Drive Hat.   It calls for Kauni yarn held double and the sample was so enticing I purchased yarn in the black/gray colorway EC and the pattern.   It is really an easy pattern, and I could have probably figured it out on my own, but I figured that any pattern that grabs me the way it did deserves to be supported with a purchase.   Wouldn't you feel the same way?  I also purchased 16" circulars in 7 to start it right away.    Since I was spinning most of the weekend, I didn't finish the hat til the next weekend but I really love the way it turned out.   It will be super warm and can be pulled down over your ears when it is really cold.

Since it only took 80 grams of the original 150 in the skein, I started a second one right away, and used leftover yarn from my sweater

from 2 years ago for half of it.    The second hat looks different in the photograph because I made that one using the Magic Loop method instead of on a  small circular, but when the hat is on, they fit just the same.   This hat only took 2 days to complete.



Ria said...

Glad you had a good retreat!! Sounds like a great time. Those hats look great!

DrChopSuey said...

That hat pattern is adorable! And Liar's Lodge looks beautiful. I'm glad you had a great time!

Take care!

lunaticraft said...

Adorable! =D