A Tale of a Bough and a Giant Pom

I realized a few weeks back that while I’ve been knitting for many, many years now, I only have one hat that I’ve knitted myself. And, while I do love that hat, the band around the bottom is slightly tight and makes my head hurt if I wear it too long.

So, I decided to remedy that.

grey bough blue avodcado side

If you’ve not yet seen Brooklyn Tweed’s patterns and yarn, I’m not sure whether to suggest you get yourself over there ASAP or to avoid it at all costs. The thing is, their yarn palette is absolutely perfect. And so are their patterns. I guarantee you’ll come away from their site with a long list of projects you now want to make.

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Stephanie and I have been having knitting-coffee dates lately. And OMG WE ARE PRODUCTIVE! She’s made like THREE hats lately! And is amazingly gorgeous. I have the best friends. And I’ve totally got the Bray and Simple Pleasures hats on my list of things to make. Jen also has an awesome version of Bray. One day, we’re all going to hang out in our matching Brays and Archers (when I ever get around to making mine…) and just laugh at ourselves and how ridiculous we are. Seriously, every time I mention a new project I’ve been dreaming up to Stephanie she admits that she was thinking about the same pattern IN THE SAME FABRIC. Whatever, we don’t even care.

I chose Bough (ravelry link) to make for myself – mainly because I was enchanted with the pompom on the sample. The green that they chose is so perfect. That’s the other thing about the Brooklyn Tweed patterns, they always pick the perfect color for their samples and I want to copy them and use that color so bad, but I don’t. Because all of their colors are awesome, so it doesn’t matter what you pick, you can’t go wrong.

I went with gray. Specifically, Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the color Cast Iron.

pompom makingIf you’ve never made a pom-pom before, don’t be intimidated!! I had never made one before, either. I used ALL of my leftover yarn. The last thing you want is a sickly pom-pom. You want a plush, thick, solid pom-pom! Mine was a bit on the HUGE side when I finished it. It took a few trims to get it to the size it is now.

grey bough frontI really really really like this hat a lot. AND I loved knitting with Loft. I’ve heard rumors that this yarn breaks really easily and you need to be careful, especially with cables. So, I made sure to be a bit looser than usual with my knitting. I didn’t have any issues at all. Until it came time to cinch up the pom-pom. I figured that would be the point where I’d have troubles, so I was prepared. I grabbed some old grey acrylic yarn and used that to tied the center of the pom-pom super tight.

I don’t think I’ll wait another 5 years to make myself another hat. I wear this one all the time now. I need another one to add into the rotation!

P.S. That blue hoodie I’m wearing in the pics above, it’s my unblogged Avocado hoodie. I should take pics and blog that soon, huh. I made it forever ago it seems. I really want to make one in neon yellow for working out in…

 

 

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