Friday, March 4, 2011

A Month of Quince

I didn't have much of a plan for my February hats-- which will all be unveiled in good time!-- so to give myself some structure for March, I decided it would be fun to use only Quince & Co. yarns... which come in several varieties, delicious colors, and are conveniently available at my favorite local yarn store, KnitWit. You are free to speculate whether this has anything to do with the existence of store credit at KnitWit and my recent cashmere extravagances...

First up will be little Chickadee:

From the left: Apricot, Rosa Rugosa, and Petal

This yarn begs for colorwork, so I'm making the Setesdal Love Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborne. I'm very much in love with the color scheme-- chosen with the help of my darling husband.*

Next will be the Empire Hat by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops. I'm using Lark, and I sure wish I could show you the color, but my camera isn't able to see it properly. It's GREEN!

Camera did a slightly better job with Osprey:

This is for the Effie Beret-- a Quince pattern by Melissa LaBarre. I really want a red hat for myself-- but if I can't obtain Winesap, I will settle for Peacock. Believe it or not, this is only the second hat I'm making for myself-- I have a growing pile of Christmas and birthday gifts!

I was going to make something from Puffin, the heaviest weight Quince yarn, but inspiration failed to strike. So I decided to try Tern, a wool-silk blend that comes in subtler, more shimmery colors. This is Seaweed:

This will become a lighter-weight version of Rosalie [Ravelry Link]-- and I hope to add a matching cowl and gloves by Christmas.

I still have some unfinished business to take care of, namely a hat for one of my knitting coworkers. We're doing a swap-- she's making me socks! This currently seems like a very good deal for me, but as we couldn't find a ready-made hat pattern that suited either of us, this one's going to be another semi-original design...

Speaking of designs, I'm putting the finishing touches on the pattern for my Chroma Stocking Cap [Ravelry link]-- I plan to release it for test knitting next Friday, so if you have any interest in participating, drop me a line here or on Ravelry. It will also be available as a free pattern... someday!

*Yes, he willingly goes into the yarn store with me. Don't be jealous.


  1. You (and your husband) have amazing taste in colours, the trio of yarns for the Setesdal hat are completely delicious. And that Empire hat is an adorable pattern, I can't wait to see what it looks like in (unphotgraphable) green.

  2. I like your idea of having a theme for your month of hats. I look forward to seeing how you like knitting the Quince yarns.

  3. My husband also willingly goes in to the yarn shop with me, in hopes that I'll buy yarn to make socks for him!