Breather Hat

I’ve waded into the doldrums of stockinet on the Oshima sweater. 140 stitches of pure knit per row for roughly seven inches is just too much to do all at once. So, I decided to raid my stash and knit up a quick hat to freshen up my basket.

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Out came this gorgeous thick and thin hand-dyed purple ball of wool. I bought two skeins on my last trip to Stratford, ON. I stumbled upon a tiny little shop named String Fever right off the main drag. The lady who runs the shop is also a weaver and they also sell high quality Japanese paper for book binding and artwork. So, in other words, just my sort of place. The yarn, which has a rather dramatic variegation between deep purple and a soft violet. It also waxes and wanes between a light fingering
and a fluffy bulky weight. The owner said that it was produced by a women’s collective in Peru. The first skein was knit up into a small, seed-stitch cowl.

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Next was to pick a simple, yet interesting pattern to knit up quickly. I ran across Graham which I found to be just the thing. It’s just a 1×1 rib pattern for the brim and a broken rib for the body. It knits up fast and has just enough variety to keep the brain happy. Plus, it’s turning out to be a rather pretty distraction.

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And one more thought. Here’s my kitten nestling in my sweater project to make you smile.

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