I need your help! I have a couple hats in progress, one for me and one for Lila. I also have 3 faux fur pom poms, because I couldn’t decide which colour would work best. Not that having 3 to choose from is helping much, mind you. So will you help me play matchmaker with these hats? Shall we meet our lovely bachelorettes?
This is Take Heart, knit in Briggs & Little Heritage in their brand new colourway, ‘Magenta’. It’s a wonderful bright fuchsia, makes me think of pink highlighters and how cheery it will be in the winter to have a nice bright hat. The pattern – I’m still undecided, I love that the brim is long and meant to be worn folded over to help keep my super sensitive ears warm, but I am not sure if the twisted rib is a little too airy. Should I have done normal ribbing instead? I’m too lazy to rip it out, and I like the way it looks, so it’s staying:
I do like the cables, they are intertwining in a wonderful way, although it’s hard to see it here. This is one of those patterns that looks a bajillion times better when blocked (I hope). Magenta, much like red, can be a tricky colour to photograph as it bounces light, but this is an accurate representation of the colour in real life.
The pattern is lovely, and comes in both child and adult sizes. I haven’t shown it to Lila yet, but she is going to go completely crazy for it when she sees it all finished. I’ve got some soft pink angora yarn leftover from this very old sweater that I’m going to use for the inner ears, and one of the faux fur pom pom is on it…. my insides are already squealing from the cuteness. I love the little loop on the top of the hat that is folded down to go around the pom pom!
So, ready to meet the bachelors?
I called 5 yarn shops in Toronto and no one had the faux fur pom poms, so I got lazy and ordered them off of Ebay for I think about $2 a piece. The price is incredible, but the downside to buying them this way is they ship from Hong Kong by the slowest/cheapest method so it takes about a month for them to arrive. I know I’ll use them, so I picked a few colours that I thought would work with either hat. And now I can’t decide.
Perhaps the cream one makes the most sense on the bunny hat, And maybe the light brown or pink on the magenta hat? Or the pink one on the bunny hat to match the ears, even if not ‘correct’ for a bunny tail? What do you guys think? Which pom pom should go with which hat?
Side note- I caved and bought one of those fake wooden backdrops that are printed on vinyl. I can’t deny that it looks good, yet I feel like I’m just perpetuating all the ‘knitting with wooden backdrop’ photos that are out there. I’m not sure if I’ll keep using it, but I’m trying it out for a bit. There is something so visually harmonious about yarn and knits on wood, the eye seems to love natural materials on natural materials. Even if the ‘natural materials’ are faux fur and a photo printed on a sheet of vinyl.