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Hats and Gloves

At the end of the year I finished a few quick and very easy projects in warm colours, to keep our heads and hands cosy and nice during winter. Both me and the Boyfriend got new hats – his one being another mustard hat, because he lost the previous one; and mine just because I liked the pattern and I had a skein of yarn which seemed perfect for it.

For the mustard hat, I chose once again the Classic World War II Watchman Cap, a tried and tested, easy pattern, which gives a very stretchy and warm hat with a double layer over the ears. I knitted it using Drops Nepal, which is a very soft combination of wool and alpaca in aran weight. I love this pattern and the two different width of the ribbing used in it, and I think I’m going to use it many more times.

My hat was based on Joji Locatelli’s pattern, Field of Wildflowers. I found it by browsing pattern ideas for my single skein of Malabrigo Rios, and I decided to knit it, as I think the stitches make the best use of the variegated yarn and really show the colour changes.

My hat looks really well with the Stroma Shawl that I’d knitted two years ago, even though the colourway is not exactly the same, so I decided to add another pair of matching fingerless gloves.

And now I have ‘almost a set’ knitted with different Malabrigo yarns, that I wear with my cream winter jacket and feel warm and safe from the cold wind 🙂

Moving on to non-crafty news, we’re searching for our new home for the (hopefully) last year in Ireland. It’s crazy how fast properties disappear from the market after the offer is first published; especially those with ‘pets allowed’ which are few and far between anyways. So far we’ve been to one viewing (nice house in a village close to Dublin, but the owner wanted to rent it for 6 months and then make us move out for 6 weeks in the summer – no thanks) and have another one set up for tomorrow. The prices are absolutely crazy and our bank accounts are definitely going to feel it, but it’s not like we have a choice. I just hope we manage to find something and move before second part of February, when my work starts again. Keep your fingers crossed please!!!

15 thoughts on “Hats and Gloves

  1. That’s a beautiful set of winterwear for you indeed! You chose the perfect pattern for your hat – I love patterns that show off colorways of variegated yarns. The classic look is great for the mustard hat; just thinking about the warmth of the folded rib makes me feel warm. 🙂
    Good luck for the house hunt – it sounds intense! I hope you soon get a place that works for you.

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  2. Good luck with the house hunting! I know how stressful that can be. Your gorgeous hats and mitts will definitely help. Love them all!

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  3. What a beautiful set! I love the hat pattern – was it challenging?

    Best of luck finding a new place. And lol, that’s crazy that someone would ask you to move out of the house for six weeks after you’re already renting it.

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    1. The hat was easy, the only challenge was to remember which row it is and not mistake them (which I, of course, did a few times).
      You know, when it comes to renting a house in Ireland, I don’t think anything is going to surprise me anymore. I’ve seen agents charging fees for the viewing of the property, I’ve seen houses with literal mushrooms on the walls (seriously, hat and all) due to humidity, and don’t even get me started on the ridiculous prices…

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  4. Your set looks lovely together. I like how they look like a family, rather than identical triplets!
    Good luck finding a new place, I know how stressful that can be. Fingers crossed for something actually live-able.

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  5. I love these hats- so pretty!! And my bf has cautiously indicated that he might like a hat but he has very specific sartorial preferences and I’ve struggled to find a pattern. Your Boyfriend hat pattern might just fit the bill!!

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    1. My bf is the same, it is not easy to knit something for him – everything must be simple and ‘not weird’, whatever that means 😉 I hope your bf likes the hat if you decider to knit it!

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