Monday, November 08, 2010

Tantallon

Tantallon by Kate Davies
If I've learned one thing being the middle child, it's been how to pester and needle the living daylights of people. When I saw Kate's Tantallon on her blog and her mention on Ravelry that she 'might' be writing the pattern up, I joined the throng of clamoring knitters and added my voice to the chants of 'dooo eet dooo eet'. Luckily I didn't have to take it up a notch to a full on hector, because Kate sent me a version of the pattern and let me have a go at test knitting. Woo-hoo! I am leading a charmed life, am I not?
Tantallon by Kate Davies
The Specs:
Pattern: Tentallon by Kate Davies (Needled i.e. a knitting force of nature that no health setback will ever derail)
Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift: Cardinal, Eesit, Lichen, Moss, Yellow Ochre and Grouse, only .20 of each skein.
Needles: 3.0 and 3.5
Mods: AS IF!
Tantallon by Kate Davies
Once I got my greedy hands on this pattern, I sent my personal third floor stash retriever (pictured below) up to bring down the perfectly organized by color ziploc bags of Shetland Spindrift (don't roll your eyes because I know you have your own version of this chez vous). Thankfully I had an embarrassment of riches from which to choose and cast on right away. Hoarding yarn: it occasionally works out in your favor.
Tantallon by Kate Davies
Tantallon by Kate Davies
This hat was nothing but pure joy to knit. First of there is a sweet little lining that makes for some interior softness. The pattern is designed to have contrast within and between the peerie bands, so the lines really pop on this baby. Once you get going you won't be able to stop because the pattern is magic and therefore completely mesmerizing. If you are new to stranded colorwork I see no reason at all to fear this pattern. It will likely be published quite soon!





16 comments:

Jodi said...

It turned out just beautifully! I love the colors -- now that's a great reason to stash Shetland Spindrift. I'll admit to having a good-size collection of that yarn, too, albeit mostly blues and neutrals.

Felix said...

Oh I love this, and thanks for providing further STASH justifications for me to tout at BF when he complains about THE YARN...

This came out beautifully; I can't wait for the pattern, either.

Amy said...

Ooh, gorgeous!

whitknits said...

Oooh, lovely!

nicole said...

Another winning knit from ADD and another winning design from Kate.

Perfect for my Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-ply stash (eat your heart out).

Rose said...

She's a great designer; my daughter loves knitting her stuff, but it's not in my comfort zone (yet). Her tortoise and hare came out yesterday! Love, love, love your test version, it's beautiful!

Mandy said...

I love it! I'm so glad you have someone to get your yarn for you on the third floor. Nice.

SJ said...

What a great hat! Such cheerful colors.

Now, when did your daughter suddenly become such a gorgeous young woman?!

Barb said...

LOVE this! And my special friend is growing up!!

Kathy said...

Damn, I was going to try and destash, and now I want to buy more yarn! Lovely hat and daughter!

tentenknits said...

love it!! :-)

kim said...

Gorgeous! Your little model just gets prettier and prettier...

Azul said...

Thanks so much for doing that hectoring, on behalf of someone who was silently thinking "please dooo eet!" when I saw that hat appear at Needled. It's fantastic. Thanks also from the colorwork... ahem "collection" for the moral support. I'm fairly disciplined about not buying yarn without a project in mind, but that's the stuff that most often makes it past my line of defense. The skeins are so small etc...

Anonymous said...

Your stash retriever is lovely, as is the hat.
margieinmaryland

WonderMike said...

Love everything about it!!!! Lucky test knitter, you.

Nantucket Dreams said...

soooooo beautiful! i love these colors worked together!