oh hey there! so on this Saturday I have made good progess on my Hermaness Hat as unfortunately I have been struck down with an infection that’s making me feel truly rubbish.. BUT silver lining and all that means I can share my progress and also some more information about Gudruns beautiful book which me and my friend Vivian were lucky enough to model for..
if you preorder the book you get the pattern for the Hermaness Hat as an instant download to tide you over til the book comes out, so as Gudrun started a little Knit-a-long I dutifully cast on. now.. many a time you can look at a hat pattern and think its nice but not be sure if it will look the same on your head as in the pictures.. but in this case. Its my head in the pictures so I know i like it.. I would be a lot further on if it wasn’t for my sisters wedding/hamefarin etc and if in my haste I hadn’t made a mistake that meant I had to rip out half a repeat (arrgh) none the less, good progress is being made and I would love to have it finished to show Gudrun when she arrives for Shetland Wool Week.
I decided to stick with what I had modelled and make the slouchy version, Vivian is wearing the Beret version, both which are given in the pattern, I would love to try Brooklyn Tweed Loft which the samples were made in but as it is a 4ply I decided to go for my old faithful and use 2ply Jumper Weight – anyway we JUST got in new stock of FC39 which was a discontinued shade and I thought this was the perfect chance to try it out, it is a lovely bluey green marl and I cant wait to use it in some fair isle.. but I also think it is working beautifully with a simple lace pattern to show it off..
Gudrun has told me that the book is being printed as i type and should be ready to ship October the 6th! Which is so exciting, you can still pre-order on Ravelry and as well as a printed copy that includes an ebook of the book too, I love all of the designs and me and Vivian had a great time modelling, she is currently away on a four week trip in the USA (me, jealous? never..) so I cant wait to show her when she gets back as I will have a copy by then! We will be selling ones in J&S at Wool Week as well as Gudrun having a Trunk Show for the collection.
You can also view a lookbook for the collection here which gives you more information about each pattern and inspirations behind it, there are ten patterns in all ranging from a lace scarf up to and aran jumper and of course some lovely fair isle and lace, something for everyone and if I could I would knit them all.. I still might.. Oh and of course the photography is beautiful which was done by Kathy Cadigan.
Thanks Gudrun for asking me and Vivian to model, I cant wait to see the finished book!
Speak soon xxxxx