Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hatapalooza at Fresh Purls

Maybe it's the cover story on hats in the new Fall Vogue Knitting, but we've been obsessed with hats lately. We've got a nice display of hats in the window, and we're constantly adding to it. A hat is a great way to get your seasonal knitting going: it's fast, usually takes only a single skein or ball of yarn, and one size fits most people. (At left, an example knit from Manos Wool Clasica with a decorative tagua nut button.)

Karen knitted the Amanda hat (at right) out of a sample skein of Araucania's Azapa yarn. The free pattern is by Gina House, who is allowing us to distribute it through the shop. Azapa is a thick, supersoft tweeded combination of wool, alpaca and silk. In the background of the picture, we're showing one of our colorful Walker mesh project bags.

The Amanda hat is knit from a sample skein we snagged from the sales rep, but shortly we'll be receiving a large shipment of Araucania yarn. Watch our twitter feed for updates.

Helen knit this simple "Sexy Beret" at left out of Rio by Tahki. This is a thick-and-thin yarn available in heathered shades of brown and gray. The fiber content is alpaca/wool/silk. We also have a lovely cropped sweater out of this yarn on display in the window. The hat pattern is free with the yarn.

Finally, Karen whipped up this rib-and-cable number out of Colinette Art wool-and-bamboo. She found the perfect pattern for a one-skein project: it's called the Palindrome hat, and it's free on ravelry (requires logon).

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