YOP12 Week 14/52 – March Hat FO

Felting

I spent some time separating the autumn coloured Teeswater locks I bought in Wisconsin. There are some tones that would be nice on a Highland Cow picture so I have put those aside. The others I’ll mostly use as fairy hair.

Talking of fairies I made one, I’ll make some more next week and drop them off in the shop.

Knitting

Accessories

I finished my March hat…it’s as if the other dozen knitted hats I have are dead to me 😂. My Ravelry record shows the full details, I used Juniper Moon Herriot alpaca lace yarn, holding 2 strands together (snapdragon and deep plum).

Other/household

I used just under 50g of each colour, so could make a matching cowl with the remaining yarn. Initially I wasn’t sure on the bobble but as I was holding the 2 ply yarns double I managed to tie the 4 single threads of the bobble in a cross shape on the top and this secured it much better. I have attached the alpaca faux leather label and I have done a single stitch on the other 3 quarters of the brim to keep it folded. (I did some of this after the photos were taken.)

Dolores is ready to be stuffed, well her body anyway. I still need to knit her limbs.

Meanwhile I have made a start on her Transatlantic Travel Ensemble. Her outfit uses Valley Yarns superwash merino/nylon in grey for her skirt and Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed in red for her cable jumper.

Spinning

My first 2 ply skein of the US Rambouillet is off the wheel. I’ve spun it fairly loosely to keep it very soft.


Other News

On Monday I did lots of tidying away of random things that have been lying around for months. I packed away all my summer clothes in a suitcase. Autumn is definitely here, my fingerless gloves have been worn a few times, my husband wears his in the house and my new hat has been worn on a few dog walks already.

I updated our accounts tracker on where our money goes! We spent over £1.5k at Ems & Co. (the cafe/cake shop I mentioned last week that was closing down). It only opened in March 2020! That’s a lot of slices of cake consumed 😂 🤣 Last Sunday we both went and sat at a table there eating cake and discussing which other cake shop/cafes we should reconsider going back to now Ems is closing. I did suggest we try to lose weight and stop eating cake for a while and then he reminded me I’d just ordered some brownies and brownie snaps from The Yummy Yank.

With the collapse of the £GBP, Italy electing a far right leader, Putin threatening to use his nukes I can’t help but feel like World War 3 could be round the corner…so in my view we may as well scoff all the cake and ice cream we want to. It’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😋

I’ve publish, on my Travel Blog, two more posts about my recent US trip. A 2nd instalment on Michigan and my final post about the trip covers Wisconsin. I’m going to Copenhagen in October with a friend so that will be my next post on that blog. I’m really milking the whole “I’m 50!” with these trips.


This is a Year of Projects post.  Officially the Group is in its 12th year, but this is my 5th year participating.  If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry. 

Year 12 list.

6 comments

  1. Oh! Another Fairy. She looks very autumn-ish. Love the new hat too. If I lived in cold country, I would have a closet full of hats. They are so much fun and quick to make. Your spinning is gorgeous and looks so soft and cozy. Eat your cake and enjoy it. Life is short.

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  2. I adore that hat, it looks so cosy. I almost never think about doubling yarns when I haven’t quite got what I need. It’s a great reminder to try new things! It’s certainly tough and uncertain times out there right now. I too keep flirting with the whole weight loss thing, but we’re entering my favourite month for hunkering down with treats so that’s unlikely 😂

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  3. Adore your autumn colored fairy. The bodice is great. Your hat is lovely and I can certainly see why it beats out the rest. After finding out my cholesterol sky rocketed after losing 20 pounds on a low fat/low red meat diet this past year, I am definitely in the “eat what you want” camp!! Apparently a daily pint (see – British beer, I know a few words – haha, all those BBC shows) is bad for my cholesterol. Too bad!!! Love your blues and purples in your spun yarn. Perfect fingerless mitts to go with your purple hat.

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