I better get these toques blogged about before springtime deems them irrelevant - which I'd be happy about, honestly. Bring on the sunshine!
I'm on a major roll with my knitting right now. The problem is I keep knitting hats with the intention of saving them for gifts but end up wearing them. Sigh. That's the problem with knitting with gorgeous yarn, you just want to wear it. Not to mention these designs! These two goodies are by local designers Shannon Cook (bottom) and Megan Nodecker (top)
I knit Shannon's Dreieke hat in Maiwa's new line of natural yarns called Honest Yarn. This silk/wool blend is so soft! All the their yarns are either natural sheep colour (lot's of ready-to-dye whites) or dyed with natural dyes. I'm pretty stoked to have another naturally dyed yarn source close by. And Megan's Brookmere hat is knit up in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Candlewick colourway. I love both these patterns for their monochromatic graphic designs. A simple slouchy with some textural interest is my fave kind of toque.
For both these toques I cut up a vintage fur headband to make pompoms. I went a little overboard with the one on the Dreieke hat - I'm pretty sure it looks like I'm wearing a small animal up there. Eventually when I have time it is getting downgraded. I could easily make three smaller pompoms with the content of this one massive one.
I've got another hat on my needles as well as a couple baby pullovers. I'm so loving being on my knitting game again - it's testament to how much more relaxed I am living back home. I know people say knitting is relaxing, but I actually need to be in a relaxed state first to get into a knitting project. Can you relate?
Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.