Iconic Times Two
So, I went yarn shopping for something bulky and soft. After checking out my two local yarn stores, I went online. At Tolt Yarn Yarn and Wool, I found Woolfolk's Hygge yarn. Wool, alpaca, and silk, and superbulky. And there were "good" colors. I should add that at this point I began digressing from Marilyn's original request, that the hat be in the colors of one of Morgan's favorite hockey teams. I think this blue might, in a pinch, be kind of okay for one of the teams.
Looking on Ravelry for pattern ideas, I found Susan Lawrence's Iconic, which pays tribute to Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park. I knew from Morgan's blog that he and Christina love road trips to visit National Parks when his health allows. So maybe this would be a good direction to go. The pattern has two versions, a more peaked version, and the beanie version (as above). I gave my sister the choice, but I agree that the beanie version was a good decision. The directions say that this hat takes every bit of one skein of this yarn. Well, my gauge must have been just a bit off, because I ALMOST finished the hat with one skein. With deadline looming I called Tolt and got a second skein of yarn. Finished the hat. Washed and blocked it, and met my sister for the hand-off.
It was so fun to get this picture of Morgan in the hat. I hate that he has cancer. I only know him from his blog, but I reserve the right to hate that anyone has cancer. But I'm glad I got to be part of my sister's plan.
And then of course, I had most of a skein of very nice, not cheap yarn. So (though the pattern as written is better) I fudged a bit and knit a second hat with LESS than a full skein of yarn. I made the band around the edge less deep, and did steeper decreases at the end so I had enough yarn to graft the stitches together at the top. And so my husband got an extra warm dog-walking hat out of the deal.
- designed by Susan Lawrence
- averaged 1 skein/hat of Woolfolk Hygge yarn (just as warm and soft as I'd hoped) Super Bulky 50% Merino, 28% Alpaca, 22% Silk, 76 yards / 100 grams
- beanie version, one size
- I didn't write down the needles I used on the first hat - I used smaller needles for the second, US 11 and US 9.
- Knit with prayers for Morgan and his family. Knowing it shouldn't stop there.