Sunday, November 26, 2006

Trip to Port Mary wearing a new hat.

Okay, first the historical bit-In May 1568, after sojourning at Dundrennan , Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots sailed from a natural harbour in the parish of Revwick, thereafter known as PORT MARY over to Cumbria to a landing bay which was known thereafter as MARYPORT. (Not too far from Woolfest, for the non-historically inclined.)
Now fast forward 438 years to when Kathleen and Jonathan went for a lovely, bracing walk there on one of the blusteriest days of the year.

I was nice and cosy however because I was wearing my lovely (IMHO) hat made from Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran . (About as self-explanatory as Port Mary and Maryport.) It was made to the Rambler pattern, from the pattern support book for the yarn, and I used #17, Vintage Red, same as the book. It's the one where the girl is wearing a blue knotty cabled jumper and a cowboy hat. I got the yarn in a newish yarn shop in Dumfries with the weird and wonderful name of Drop in 4 a Yarn when I was down there for the October week. It has been a lovely yarn to work with.

I don't think this hat is a million miles away from the look of Odessa , but it is just based on k3 p3 moving along to the left every right side row, and then some well-thought out decreases to keep the look on the crown.

Here are a few photos to keep you going. As usual, all photos can be enlarged by clicking.


Mhairi said...

Hat looks great - keep you cosy on a blustery day!
Must tell my Aunt about the new yarn shop in Dumfries.

Linda said...

It's a lovely hat. How many balls does it take, Kathleen? If I know, I can order yarn and pattern at the same time. I'm into new hats for my bald head, at the moment.

Kathleen said...

Hi Linda, I would recommend that yarn in your case Linda because it is lovely and soft. I did the larger size, which is quite large really, on my big bonce. It took less than two balls(as does the size below according to the pattern book) of the Cashmere Merino Silk Aran. Not a catchy name, but quite descriptive! Nice to see you calling in at the blog. With best wishes, K x

Poshyarns said...

Oh such a cute hat, yes similar to Odessa but that is no bad thing. I have been eyeing the Sublime in my LYS and have already bought one of the books, good to hear a report of how it knits.

Linda said...

Thank you, Kathleen. It's true I'm an irregular blog reader these days, but enjoy catching up, when I can.

Anonymous said...

The hat looks fab, Kathleen. I love the way swirly decrease on top.

Anita said...

Looks like a lovely place for a walk - hope it wasn't too blustery for you!

The hat looks great - it's nice to see it knitted up as I've just got that book myself but I'm using up some Noro (from stash unbelievably) to knit the Land Girl waistcoat. I don't know who wrote the patterns but I'm finding the Land Girl one very well written - lots of stitch counts and row numbers which helps the easily distracted knitter!

Maartje said...

Hi Kathleen,
your new hat looks so lovely and the and the picture of you to!

Greetings to you, Maartje