It's my youngest brother Bob's birthday today. I had planned to knit him a very warm hat with 2 layers (Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Very Warm Hat" from her Schoolhouse Press book, Knitting Around). This is a practical, warm, pattern which added a few tools to my skillset but is well within my intermediate spinning and knitting skills. The last handspun, handknit hat I made Bob wasn't quite warm enough for his Rochester, MN winter extremes, so I'm making sure this time.
I have an inner layer for one of these hats nearly knit and am spinning yarn for an outer layer of semi-woolen Shetland. I started with a single-ply Lopi Style yarn in mind, but soon decided on my usual 2-ply for longer wear. That's what I love about spinning your own yarn--you can custom design for any project! Bob's gift will arrive late, obviously. Thank goodness he is a kind,patient person!
So Bob, how about a 3 or 4-ply charcoal /light brown cabled and marled yarn for the outside layer yarn? The charcoal as you can see is about the same color as Pistol Annie, a dark, blueish gray. It is shaela Shetland wool from Destiny and Mimosa's blended 2012 fleeces. The brown is fawn wool from Godiva's 2012 fleece.
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and