Friday, December 21, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday: Hubba's Christmas Hat

Last Sunday, Hubba and I took the dogs for a walk near the foot hills.  It was cold and windy.  He was wearing his Orange Cotton Hat, which I'm not crazy about, but he likes.  Honestly, temperature-wise it wasn't all that cold for December, but the winter wind can cut right through you, so our walk was cut short.

On the walk he asked how long it takes for me to make a hat.

I told him if it's a simple pattern, a thicker yarn and I have nothing else going on, it will take me about a week.

I could tell he was a little disappointed, so I decided that another hat for Hubba should move up in the queue.  After all, when the loved one asks for hand knits, I really want to comply.

After we got home and warmed up, I went to my stash for a couple of options I had in mind...

I pulled out a vermilion Lincoln that he had picked out a while back.  It's scratchy, so we had purchased a helmet liner to go with the eventual hat.  But then I suggested that this red from Fiberphile, a superwash Merino, was a better choice.  He agreed.

It's a DK weight and I am working with US3 (3.25mm) needles.  The pattern isn't complex, but it will take me longer than a week to finish.  Even with the other projects pushed aside, it's not likely to be finished by Christmas on Tuesday.  So the worst-case scenario is that he can unwrap a half-knit hat and then I can continue knitting on Christmas day.  ;-)

Similar to my Wingspan, this yarn is hand dyed in small batches and has a depth and variation of color that I adore.  I wish I had bought more than one skein.  It really is lovely.  Fortunately at least one of our local yarn shops carries it.  :-)

I hope you all have a great Fiber Arts Friday, Solstice and Holiday weekend.


Chrisknits said...

What a lovely red. Hope it goes quick so his head is warm!

Vivian said...

That's going to be a nice warm hat, very good color! Maybe one day both of you will have alpaca hats from your own crew. Wouldn't that be nice!

Cathy said...

Good on ya for knitting another hat for your DH, it's a gorgeous colour. Merry Christmas to you and family!

Spinster Beth said...

Yeah, it's hard to say no to a loved one who appreciates hand knits!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

It looks great! I finished the Hubs scarf, but I have to whip up some "feet blankets" (as he calls them) for him...they are pretty fast..

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Beautiful yarn, hopes the knitting goes speedily for you

WonderWhyGal said...

Knitting for husbands...sigh! I just finished Grumpy's hat at noon on Christmas day and it's too big. Grrrr.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday...a few days late.

Merry Christmas.