Homespun, Homeknitted Hat. Hurrah!

I’ve finished it! This little hat is so exciting. To me, at least. This is the first item I’ve finished that is knitted with yarn that I spun myself. On my spinning wheel. Other than raising the alpaca and hand shearing it, I’m not sure that I could have made this more from scratch. The alpaca was one of my early attempts at spinning, so it is uneven and chunky, but I reckon that its rustic feel works perfectly for this style of hat.

I started off using this pattern, but then I just decreased when I wanted to (ravelry notes here). Shaping it into a more stocking shaped hat. TF has his pom-pom. The pom-pom is heavy enough that it pulls the top part down.

I’m still figuring out the style that TF likes. He is growing and changing in so many ways at the moment, that he is getting harder to predict. Some days his negotiating skills seem beyond his age. Other days he can kick up a fuss in a shop, because I’ve said “No”. His curiosity is focused. Yesterday as we all sat quietly, there was a sudden bang from behind my chair. He appeared, holding a needle, with the remains of wrinkled balloon. As he passed it to me, he said, in a matter of fact voice, “It really is a needle.” Apparently the proper test for a needle is to see if it can actually pop a balloon. We live and learn.

He has his hat now, because we have some wonderful, windy, wintery weather. Waiting another week for Christmas just seems silly when his head needs it now.

So I hope he will forgive me that it is not a beanie hat as he wanted. It does have a pom-pom. Lets hope that is enough to make it into a hat he wants to wear. Time will tell.

13 thoughts on “Homespun, Homeknitted Hat. Hurrah!

  • Tuesday 13 December, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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    Oh I just love it!!! THat is the cutest hat on earth!!! Well done you!!!

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 11:18 pm
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      Thanks seven. TF is pleased. 🙂 🙂

  • Tuesday 13 December, 2011 at 1:07 pm
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    The hat’s fantastic Cheryl, and just to think you spun the wool yourself, very impressed………..lucky little boy. x

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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      Thanks Lily. I’m pleased that I’ve fianlly finished an item. The first of many, I hope.

  • Tuesday 13 December, 2011 at 6:58 pm
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    That is a really lovely hat. 😀 😀 😀 .
    Hope he approves..it seems like one minute everything is lovely and then all of a sudden almost from nowhere there appears a strong willed small human with decided opinions and we forget it at our peril 😯
    So whilst I think the pompoms great I understand if it gets converted to a beanie..I’d suggest adding a bell to the pompom but that might be awful (or wonderful ?) Gosh darn it Mother’s need a crystal ball

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 11:16 pm
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      He loves the hat and the pom pom. Especially keen of swinging the pompom around in a circle. He was slightly upset when he realised that he’d left his hat at home on Thursday, so I guess he likes it. 🙂

  • Tuesday 13 December, 2011 at 8:06 pm
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    I simply love that hat. It is fantastic.
    Do you take commissions for big people?!!

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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      You’ve made me blush, Fiona. I’ve not taken commissions, but I’m sure I can spin up some more alpaca if you’re after a hat.

  • Tuesday 13 December, 2011 at 8:25 pm
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    I have a little person with VERY strong opinions and know how hard it is to predict….hope the pom-pom does the trick! I think its lovely personally! 😀

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 10:53 pm
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      The hat is a big hit. Pom-pom and all. He now gets upset if one of his sisters try it on. 🙂

  • Wednesday 14 December, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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    It’s just beautiful Cheryl! Your yarn is wonderful.. Isn’t it amazing? I want to hold a bag of fiber and shake it at the recipients of my gifts and say, “You need to understand, the whole thing started out as this”!! 🙂

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Friday 16 December, 2011 at 10:52 pm
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      You have made me laugh, Debbie. I have such an image of you doing just that. Woe betide anyone not appreciating your effort. 😀 😀

  • Tuesday 20 December, 2011 at 10:17 pm
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    It is gorgeous! Well done you. Homespun and hand knitted, next you’ll have to shear the sheep! 😉 . Jokes apart, I love the look and feel of handspun and hand knitted items. It’s lovely to re-visit you blog, Cheryl. You do so many inspiring things. I have been quite busy and not on the computer so much lately. I barely update my own blog. I’ll take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Holidays and all the best for 2012.
    Luciana

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