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Monday, July 21, 2008

Hats, FO and Noro Love

I've said this before, but I love Noro silk garden. It's one of those yarns that just makes me happy! I especially love the thrilling surprise of the color changes. I can't help myself. Even those little chits and things in the yarn don't annoy me.
Both hats used color 84, but what a difference in the final look.
A smaller obsession has be the beret/tam. What's up with that? It started with that movie.

Pattern: Three Tams. I like that Angela Sixian Wu is an engineer:)
Yarn: Noro silk Garden color 84 and 269
Needles: size 6 circs/DPs

This fake fair isle is very addicting. The double decreases drove me crazy until I read on Ravelry that the last stitch of each circuit becomes part of the the double decrease. It looked very small when finished, but after a soak, it fit on a 10 inch dinner plate to block and actually fits a head!
I used less then one skein of the reds/browns (color 84)

Pattern: Noro Hat by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: Noro silk garden, color 84, about 1.5 skeins
Needles: size 7 circs/DPs

This was one of the best times knitting I've had for a while. Color 84 is a wonderful mixtures of reds/browns and pinks which just a tease of green in every skein. If I hold the hat by the point, is stretches out like a cone, but on, it looks like a stylized beehive. The pattern is alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette and only requires thinking to count the simple decreases at the top!

Retirement lessons:
1. If I don't enter information into the palm calendar, I will miss appointments or wait 3 hours for the other members of the party to show up.
2. Always take a recharged camera battery, the ipod and the palm device for those surprise 3 hours waits.. Never mind thinking a smaller bag is more stylish:)
3. Sitting in the Moana hotel on a breezy Hawaiian afternoon is a good thing:)when one has the time.


beadlizard said...

The color changes are something!

I agree about the camera, larger bag, entering the data in the electronic device, etc. You are your own secretary [and sherpa].

The hats are wonderful.

melissa said...

i love BOTH of those hats, especially the beehive one. i have a random skein of noro aurora...i wonder if i could squeeze a beehive hat out of that. maybe a kid's hat at least? anyway, very nice job! :)

Beverly said...

Your hat's are lovely. They illustrate completely why I love Noro.

I'd be lost without my Palm. You're so right about the batteries. I got caught without spares recently.

Opal said...

Gorgeous bags! Large bags rock. At least I think so. ;-)

Opal said...

i meant gorgeous HATS.. oy. i need sleep!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous! That has got to be my favorite color of silk garden, too!

Rachel said...

Beautiful hats!

hetty said...

Your hats are wonderful.

debbie said...

just beautiful hats - i love the beehive one-so different! i'm so jealous of your life of retirement....

smariek said...

Oooh, pretty hats, I really like the Noro Hat.

If only we could consolidate all our gadgets into one small unit, then we can carry those small stylish purses.

Don't ask me how heavy my purse is when it's full of my stuff and my toddler's stuff...

Terby said...

I love both of these hats. You really used the Noro well.