This hat has been in my Ravelry queue probably since I saw it on the Yarn Harlot's blog (Nov 2007). Well, this year, I joined the Taste of Shivaya Club. (Justified because I dropped one lace club, and kept Shakespeare in Lace club, and kept Spunky Fiber club ). I have an affection/obsession of natural fibers and natural dyeing. (That's why I have a small stash of naturally dyed yarns).
The first club offering was Worsted Winter Wool, a wool/mohair blend with a wonderful heft, drape and sheen. It came with a pattern for a teardrop cowl. I had a sufficient amount leftover to make a hat to go with it. I carried along a strand of some natural gray long draw hand spun I made a couple of years ago, which matched perfectly, to get some extra mileage.
Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Shivaya Naturals Worsted Winter Wool and my hand spun merino long draw
Needles: two circs, 24", Size 6 Harmony
This is amongst my personal challenge of replenishing my supply of winter accessories for my three Maine kids and my "from away" son and his girlfriend who live in warmer climes and visit at Christmas. It is also amongst my personal challenge of doing Christmas knitting early. The count so far this year is two hats, four cowls or neck gaiters, two pair of mittens, one man lace scarf finished.