Rhubarb and custard hat

Vega hat in pink and beige

This is the Vega hat by Brooklyn Tweed. It’s really nicely written – I love the way the decreases create a a star on top.

It’s knitted from two different Rowan yarns and they’re both very satisfyingly woolly.

I’m on a mission to use up my frankly ridiculous stash of odd balls of wool, so hats are the order of the day. I choose these colours more or less at random, but they remind me of those rhubarb and custard sweets you get in big plastic jars in newsagents.

(I knitted it for a friend’s birthday and I promise it looked better on her than on my alien model head.)

It’s a pattern from the ever-expanding Brooklyn Tweed empire of knitwear, which is producing some of the best new knitting patterns I’ve seen for ages. Especially the FALL 2011 ones. I really hate to use the phrase ‘on trend’, but you know what I mean. There is knitwear everywhere at the moment and the BT patterns have just the right amount of texture.

I must knit this hat!

The BT Shelter yarn looks yummy as well.The shade names crack me up – they’ve totally nailed that faded, homespun hipster aesthetic. ‘Hayloft’, ‘Button Jar’, ‘Faded Quilt’, ‘Homemade Jam’, ‘Old Man’s Beard’*. The colours look gorgeous and tweedy though.
*I may have made this one up

Sorry for the radio silence around here over the last week. Looking for a job and various family crises have eaten up my time, but the good news is I’ve found some temporary work until Christmas. I have TONS of stuff to post about though, so I’ll soon be cluttering up your Google Reader account as usual.