Friday, November 25, 2011

féileacán hataí

Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Uva'
Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Tiger Lily'
I consider myself quite lucky because just as my tempermental junior divas grow increasingly weary of my FO photo shoot requests and start to try to write riders into their contracts with me (iTunes gift cards & the Justin Bieber perfume in exchange for modeling a hat, are you kidding me?), I have new talent rising up through the ranks. We had the good fortune of hosting the Ireland-Brooklyn-Moroccan contingent of our family for Thanksgiving which meant that the younger siblings of my daughters would be available for action. The older sister here is quite fond of the camera and the younger one can't speak yet, so no protest from her at all!

Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Uva'
The Specs
Pattern: Butterfly hat by Sofiya Cremin
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Uva and Tigerlily, about 60% of each skein
Needles: Sizes 4 and 7
Mods: none
Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Uva'
Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Tiger Lily'
I originally made the orange hat for the big sister. She quite craftily let me know that "...this hat is for the baby, MY HAT is purple". I mean, how can I refuse a sly request like that? You better believe I was off like a shot to rifle through my stash to find the perfect color.
Ailfric and Ailbhe
The older sister noticed the butterfly motif right away and exclaimed "Féileacán!" (fail-uh-con-- butterfly in Irish) in her excitement. The butterfly stitch is gimmicky for sure, and it's definitely a one-trick pony typa deal, but for kids it's a super cute idea, right?
Butterfly Hat by Sofiya Cremin in Malabrigo 'Tiger Lily'
Malabrigo is a dream...for certain projects. I would never be so foolish as to knit a sweater out of it, it's an accessories only affair in my opinion as the pill factor is a little out of control. But the colors, the colors! Honestly they are quite unreal. I used to wax poetic over Frank Ochre and Bobby Blue, but this Tiger Lily is pretty dazzling. What's your favorite shade? Let me know in the comments and I'll set up a mini Tombola. I'm going to the post office on the last day of November, so leave your comment by then and you might be a winner!

26 comments:

Katie K said...

I've got to say that I really love the Pagoda, which looks a lot like the yarn you used for the purple hat.

meredith MC said...

It's hard for me to choose just one favorite, but I'm currently enamored with "Whales Road" which is a heavenly mixture of teal, purple and blue. It's especially beautiful when knit into a hat!

lauren said...

oh my goodness these children are just TOO MUCH. And good God do I ever hear you about malabrigo for accessories only. Even then - nothing that will get a lot of friction. I made the mistake of making some mittens out of it once and they are the rattiest things around now.

kim said...

What an adorable group of siblings. Those little hats are perfect, and the butterfly story very sweet. Such a heartwarming Thanksgiving Day gathering.

kmkat said...

I had to click over to the Malabrigo site to look at the colors. ::gasp:: So many gorgeous ones to choose from! I'll go with Azul Profundo.

Which is cuter, the hats or the models? Hard to say, really.

katherinelynn_04 said...

I love the verde Adriana. Such a pretty green! And what cute little ones. I just found out my best friend is pregnant with her third child and am quite excited. I suppose it would make excellent gender neutral accessories (she makes the CUTEST babies in the world!)

Katinka said...

I'm a Lettuce girl. :)

Mandy said...

Seriously, you expect me to choose a favorite? You crazy.

SJ said...

I am putting this hat at the top of my queue for a certain toddler who loves all things butterflies.

Favorite shade of Malabrigo? Probably a tie between Lettuce and Azul -- for now, anyway.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

I love Lettuce, but that Pearl Ten..swooon..who can even say what color it is?

Anonymous said...

Hard to choose just one, but I'd say Tuareg. Hats are my favorite projects and I love seeing all of yours.

Rav name--kgmama

the greenhorn knitter said...

These hats are wonderful, and your little models are adorable!

melanie said...

Uva is my current fav. Love purple!

Liz said...

At the moment I'm knitting with Snowbird in the laceweight and it's stunning.

Becky Holmes said...

Hmmmm, lettuce or geranio, hard to choose. Today I choose lettuce. Cute little girls!

Joan M. said...

Another vote for Whales Road. But there is also a yummy grape I've got my eye on. Lovely photos.

Little Miss S. said...

Great hat. Reminds me that I need to get working on a hat for myself now that it's getting colder. Perhaps in VAA. Would be pretty, I think.

Jodi said...

Those are such cute hats, not to mention such adorable children! I knit a baby cardigan using a similar butterfly motif a while ago -- I'd like to try the hat, too.

Mmmmalabrigo. You introduced me to Bobby Blue a while ago! It's gorgeous, and I also love azul profundo.

Angelbis said...

I think pearl ten is my favorite! I have a sweater in malabrigo (damask) which I wear fairly regularly and so far the pilling is pretty minimal.

Those children are too cute! and the hats are adorable!

Yarnhog said...

Vaa! And Velvet Grapes.

mooncalf said...

Paris Night I think. But I dream of one day finding Polar Morn. Just because it sounds so peaceful.

Kim said...

Frank Ochre!

Elisa said...

The hat pattern is great! It's hard to pick a favorite color, but i have a great cowl in Fucsia!

Muireann said...

Hataí áille! (Lovely hats) I hope I'm not too late, Fucsia looks lovely. Thanks for the chance to win!

nicole said...

I think you KNOW which is my fav. F.O. in da house!! (thanks to a sweet ADD friend)

duni said...

plum, pearl, and azul profundo. i love sunset, too, but it washes me out like madness.