Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Silk Bamboo Wool Hat with Flower Brooch

This is the most expensive wool I've ever bought, but it was on special and I just couldn't go past this gorgeous blend of silk, bamboo and wool. I chose a colour similar to another hat I've made, because my sister-in-law said she liked it.

I used a 4mm hook for this hat, and the pattern is my own which is the same as my Pretty Patterned Beanie. As promised back then, this time I used a much nicer yarn with a 60% wool, 20% silk, 20% bamboo blend. This yarn was a such a joy to work with. It has a luxurious softness and consistent thickness, it's called 'silk plus' yarn from Lincraft. Again, I made a matching detachable rose brooch, using the free pattern at Crochetspot.

In everything I make I would like to include a little of what I call 'wabi sabi'. Apparently it's a Japanese term that means imperfect perfection, and is often included in handcrafted art works! I think it helps remind me that not everything can be perfect, no matter how hard we try. It's much healthier to accept and appreciate the beauty in handcrafted things that often include a slight flaw and lend the piece some personality. It also helps me avoid an obsession to try and produce perfection, which can be very frustrating as I find little flaws irritating! The 'wabi-sabi' in this piece is hidden at the base of the rose brooch! If you see it you will know this is a homemade piece made with affection.

It's my sister-in-law's birthday and I wanted to make her something but I wasn't sure what. I remembered she said she liked the patterned beanie but it's too small for an adult to wear, so I made another one with nicer wool in a similar colour. I was worried this one would be too small as well, but it's slightly larger than the proto-type as I used a bigger hook and thicker yarn.

I also put it on David's head for a while to make sure it was big enough, which was pretty cute! Sorry I forgot to take a photo of that, lol. I'll be posting this one off with the first one I made like this as a pair, which is a smaller size. Hopefully these two will get some wear, I'm just sorry they didn't arrive in time for winter!

Enjoy and Happy Birthday
<3 <3

3 comments:

  1. Thank-you Sooo much. They fit perfectly and are gorgeous I love them. xx

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  2. Gorgeous...these are adorable and super charming..you are so full fo talent! beautiful creations..shine on!
    Victoria~

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  3. Very nice colours. I hope you get a lot of wear out of these :-)

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