Monday, November 08, 2010
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?
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!
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.
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!