Hello! Life has just been a flood, a river of things lately, but this space has still been on my mind, and now seems like as good a time as any to share a somewhat long-lost project.
I took a workshop on Versatildes with Cat Bordhi in July of 2015. As you know if you’ve been reading here for a while, Cat is my knitting heroine—and Cat if you’re reading this I’d like to include a sincere and hearty thank you for all your warmth, humor, and love of knitting and of the world in general that shines through in your classes and projects!
I wanted to make something that I knew I would wear using the Versatilde ideas, and as usual I wanted to experiment, so I sketched this headband and started working on it during the workshop. It didn’t actually take that long to finish knitting it, and it was a fun journey. I’m usually a note-taking, think-it-through kind of person (as you might have noticed), but I really enjoyed Cat’s way of making these, which is much more about enjoying the process and not over-thinking decisions. There isn’t a chart, instead you decide things like when to make cable crossings and increase/decrease at the sides as you go, following a few suggestions to make it flow organically.
I’m not sure if I over-thought it at the end. My original plan was to close it with buttons, but I couldn’t find any that went with the wool and the pattern without distracting from it, so eventually I just sewed it closed. Somehow, it took me the rest of the time until now to get photos of the finished thing and type this up … these things happen.
This yarn is semi-worsted spun Romney from Solitude Wool. I got it because I’m interested in single-breed wools, and I wanted to try some samples for another project, so it was already in my stash. I was also curious how I would feel about Romney next to my face, since it’s more of a “medium” wool, rather than a super fine one like Merino. It turns out it’s totally OK (at least for me, these things are individual of course). At first I could feel a little bit of a prickle, but certainly not enough to keep me from wearing it—if it’s cold I want my ears covered! And I was surprised to find that it softened more in the first wash, so that the prickle was less noticeable. I really like this yarn; it’s wooly, sturdy, and a little bit smooth/slick, and the finished fabric has both some drape and some spring. Also, whatever processing they use, it smells the best—sheepy and soft and clean. I wouldn’t choose this yarn for underwear, but other than it that it would be good for all kinds of things.
My plan worked; I’ve worn this headband quite a bit. It’s especially good for cross-country skiing and hiking when the weather’s cold, since it allows some heat to escape out of the top of my head while protecting my ears from the wind, which can be vicious around here. It stays on well too. And, you know, that art-deco-meets-rustic look is really big in the woods this year, right? But seriously, I’m really pleased with how this came out, and glad I’ll have it in my wardrobe for more cold seasons to come!
Oh, it’s so beautiful!! The yarn is lovely and the headband is really cool. And don’t feel bad about putting it aside for awhile. I have a shetland shawl that I started in about 1991, it was literally about 9/10 finished, when I put it aside and didn’t finish until last summer!! And I still haven’t blocked it, will get to that one of these days. I still wear it, though.
So glad to get a post from you, I always enjoy reading them! And on another note, I’ve been asked to demo spinning next week at my local library for 1 1/2 hours. It’s so much fun to get more people thinking about fiber related things, and to think about where their clothes really come from.
Thanks, Tasha, for your blog!!
Thanks for your kind words Heather! And I agree, some things just take time to figure out, and other times you just need a break from something. Congrats on finally finishing your shawl! And I hope your spinning demo goes well. I find that people are fascinated whenever I happen to be spinning in public, and sometimes they ask questions even though it’s not an official demo … the more questions the better!
Very nice, Tasha! I always enjoy reading your thoughts about creativity, and seeing how your projects turn out.
Thanks Melissa! One of these days I’ll get some thoughts about that new sweater up here too … Take care!
Very pretty! It suits you beautifully. 🙂
Thanks Alessa! I hope you’re doing well!
Tasha, it is beautiful and suits you so well that I had to look carefully to see it in your beautiful hair. I love that you let the sides undulate like that, and that you chose such a sheepy wool…and that it is serving you well in the outdoors. I am so pleased.
Oh thank you so much Cat! It is funny what a similar color to my hair it turned out to be … but I love it and I’m so happy that it pleases you too!