Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Beginnings of the Baa-ble Hat



I wasn't going to write about my Baa-ble Hat just yet. I cast it on this morning, and then took some photos of it and wool this afternoon. Then I began knitting. I'd forgotten how quickly chunkier yarns work up and I've already got a few centimetres done, so I thought if I didn't post this photos tonight they will very shortly become irrelevant.




My yarn arrived yesterday from Morris & Sons, and whilst I am delighted with it the colour is far from what was pictured on the website. The shades I chose looked far pinker in the pictures, but as you can see it is well and truly purple. Luckily I happen to like purple and am still super happy with the yarn. It's Cashmerino Aran by Debbie Bliss and it is deliciously soft and squishable.

With it I purchased two sets of KnitPro double pointed needles, as I didn't have the size required for this pattern. I have to admit I did baulk at the price a little, but as soon as the needles arrived I saw why they are pricer than other DPNs. They are truly beautiful to work with. They have the perfect amount of slip that makes working on DPNs as easy as two straight needles. They are also incredibly light weight which I am finding excellent for this kind of knitting as the extra needles in my work aren't dragging on the stitches at all. And to top it off these also have lovely fine tips. Ok, needle nerdiness over now.

I'm so excited to finally be knitting this hat, and if the weather permits I think this is going to be completed rather quickly.

What are you working on right now?
I hope you've had a lovely day!
Sarah x


Extra details:
Yarn: Cashmerino Aran by Debbie Bliss (10ply) in Purple 30042 for the base, Off White 300101 and Black 300300 for the sheep, and Heather 300046 for the top
For yardage, dye lots and more Ravelry project page here

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16 comments

  1. I love the Baa-ble hat! I got hooked on the pattern and made one for each of my 3 grandkids for Christmas. There are some photos on my blog. Have fun! ~Terri

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    1. Oh I'll have to hop over to your blog and have a look. I'm really enjoying the pattern so far x

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  2. I don't buy yarn online that often for that reason, I am always really nervous, when I do, that it is going to be the colour I want! I love knit pro needles I have lots of different sizes of their dpn's. You are right they are more expensive but they are so much easier to knit with. Love the colours of the yarn you have chosen for your hat :)

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    1. Thank-you. Unfortunately my only option is to purchase online as there are no yarn store in my local area, and the small craft store that is here only stocks a range of Patons Acrylics! Luckily the colours are usually more accurate :-)

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  3. Getting the colour right is why I buy wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills- they send out nifty little sample charts which I drool over for ages before making a decision. Must look into those needles, the ones I use are so smooth and slippery it`s a battle to keep the stitches on the needle.

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    1. I find Debbie Bliss and also Morris & Sons own wool blends (in particular Empire) to be softer than Bendigo Woollen Mills which makes me happy to take the risk. I've also found their customer service to be excellent when I've had issues in the past.
      The KnitPro needles I've used so far have been very impressive! :-)

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  4. What beautiful colours - gorgeous photos. Happy Easter to you.

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    1. Thank-you so much Julie. Happy Easter to you too x

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  5. I am not working on anything right now, but I have some exciting Easter crochet plans for crocheted toy food for my niece. I am thinking Swiss roll and mini pizzas :)

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    1. Oh that sounds perfect - I love crocheted food :-) Enjoy the long weekend x

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  6. The yarn is seriously pretty, Sarah. I've put my yarn aside in favor of some needlework, for now.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank-you Amalia :-) Happy stitching x

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  7. So glad you've found some needles that are worth a little nerdiness, you can't knock good tools! And I love the colours for your new hat, it's going to be great.

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