Take Heart by Fiona Alice
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry
Needles: 5mm round needles
Start of project: February 17th, 2015
End of project: February 28th, 2016
I already used this pattern once, my first Take Heart was done last January. Somehow I was never quite convinced of it, the metallic thread in the yarn and the fit just weren't quite right. Which is why I gave away the first version a while ago. But the pattern stayed in my head and when I won four skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry I was curious to see if I could use it for a new version.
The Quarry is unlike any yarn I've used so far. It has a unique texture and I had to be very careful not to break it while knitting. It smells of sheep and of being outdoor and the Sulphur I used has a lot of tiny flecks of colours in it. The hat felt rather stiff before I soaked it but then it bloomed and now it's comfortable to wear. I wanted a real alpaca pompom for it, I think the fluffyness works very well with the coarser texture of the yarn.
I am kind of undecided on the Quarry after this hat. It was very intense to knit with and I prefer softer yarns but I am very happy that I had the chance to work with it because it was so different from what I usually knit with.