First hat for Vermont finished
Saturday September 10th 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit,Knitting a Gift,Wildlife

Knitting two strands of soft merino/silk dk on 3.75 mm needles in tight cablework was like knitting at sock density and took me longer to finish than I thought it would. But it will be warm.

Ellen of Half Pint Farms in Vermont named this colorway Evening Shadows. We were in the Green Mountain State three years ago, just before the leaves turned, and I fell in love with how the fog and shadows from the mountains painted the world in purpley blues across the pined forests–add in the Judy Sumner connection to this particular hank and nothing else would do for knitting for Vermont relief.

As I finished it up today, I was distracted a moment by a California towhee outside my window, a Claude Monet study in browns: when you get a chance to see them up close in direct sunlight, there’s actually a surprising amount of other shades mixed in there, even a bit of brick red. They are designed to fade into the landscape, and yet they are a fair bit more complex than one expects at first glance.

They are not skittish birds. They never fly into the window, even when a hawk threatens, they just head straight for home. They never try to crowd onto the feeders, whose perches are too tight for them anyway: they know what they want and they know where they want to go to find it. (I should be so lucky when I’m stashdiving, said the woman with scars on her arm from going through a window as a kid.)

And I promised to show Karin‘s yarn: here’s her Atlantic color sock weight she gifted me with; it’s deeper and more intense in real life. Pretty stuff.

On to the next project!

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I know I shouldn’t, but I feel guilty that I can’t knit more things to donate. If only I had more hands and hours in the day…I’ve seen Karin’s “Atlantic” in person and it is GORGEOUS! As are all her colors!

Comment by Jody 09.11.11 @ 7:24 am

the hat looks great! and that ball of yarn — beautiful color

our spotted towhee is willing to let me almost walk right up to him — beautiful bird

Comment by Bev 09.11.11 @ 8:27 am

Thanks for helping Vermont.

Comment by Joansie 09.11.11 @ 9:14 am

Beautiful yarns! That hat will keep a head warm and pretty.

Comment by Channon 09.11.11 @ 9:38 am

We have the Rufous Sided Towhee here in Michigan, especially up in Gaylord.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.11.11 @ 11:46 am

Beautiful color to needy heads.

Comment by Don Meyer 09.11.11 @ 12:08 pm


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