In honor of the impending spring time, I went out and bought a bunch of yarn for felting! …Okay, so wool and felt don’t quite say spring like chiffon and daffodils, but I had a gift certificate that needed to be used and a deep, desperate desire to make a felted cloche. I have a bit of an obsession with the classic 1920’s hat, and have two commercially made cloches. I’ve been thinking it’s high time to make myself one or two.
With cloches in mind, I’ve been looking at different patterns for awhile, and I finally decided on two and bought yarn – four skeins of Alafosslopi by Lopi*. It’s lovely Icelandic wool, in a heavy worsted/bulky weight. Two of the skeins are a nice burgundy/berry and the others are the light blue of a spring sky – see! It’s totally a spring project!
I also got two sets of Plymouth Yarn’s* bamboo double-pointed needles. I love working with double pointed needles, and while I don’t have actual problems using my aluminum needles, I find bamboo needles easier on my hands and wrists, and less slippery.
I got a set of US5 and US10
But what am I going to knit?
The first is a felted hat from Twiss and Weber which I found on Ravelry. It has directions for both a fedora style felted hat, and a cloche. Not sure which I’ll do yet; Both look fabulous!
(c) Twiss & Weber
The second pattern I’m using comes from One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant. The Stirling Cloche (by Cirilia Rose) is a classic shape, and calls for a cute ribbon band delineating the top from the brim. Confession time: I tried this pattern already, but accidentally used super-wash wool. Which doesn’t felt. But this time! This time I have the right yarn! It will be beautiful!
So while the warming trend continues and the snow washes away, I’m up over my head – literally, ’cause, ya’know, hats – in Icelandic wool! And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
*I have no affiliation with either brand and receive no compensation for using/mentioning their products.