Been knitting in a heat wave for a couple of weeks, thirsting for that which best expresses my summer blues, and so I’ve produced the latest . . . I call it simply ” Azure “. It is a perky beret shape that is less voluminous than the recent one’s I’ve been knitting up, narrower and vaguely muffin-shaped as are some of the Old World Scottish bonnets I’ve seen. Uh huh… (more photos upcoming).
But what I love most about this beret is the color-work in the band while the crown is a single complimenting color, don’t you? I tell you, in this particular knitted beret, it is all about the subtle Fair Isle motif that one can barely see, from the two shades of blue, one angle the motifs pop out, another they disappear into each other. Can you see the design in there? I have more photos where it stands out better, in different light, but will save them for Azure’s pattern debut, second in the series, which will be happening very soon !
With Dicey and Azure, I have learned how to make a lined band, concentric decreases, experimented with several shapes of varying lengths, and practicing my ‘new stitch’ , while also focusing the design into the band alone, in a Guarda Pampa sort of affect. Oh, and I’ve also been toying with the adorable thing which is a toorie !
Azure & Dicey are knitted from Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2ply , a yarn with which I am totally smitten, but which substitutes excellently with renowned Shetland wool yarns of Jamieson & Smith, and Jamiesons of Shetland for those who prefer them. Coming up soon is the pattern for Azure, yeah sure, but maybe I’ll round-up the tam-o-shanter inspired series for an e-book sort of thing. Everybody is doing e-books, why not run with the herd ??? I’ll be hunkered down with the last one in the days ahead. More wool bonnets mean still more wool bonnet knitting in the heat of Northern California summer ! Have I gone insane?
Well, there you have it, the blue has taken hold of me. This is the fifth post in a row about blue …. and I have not even done this consciously ! Fortunately, as of this morning, there has been a significant drop on the thermometer, and I’m writing this while overlooking dense fog in the valley and 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Going to cast-on this very minute for another !
Thankful for lower temperatures here as well. I really like this beret and the lining is genius!
Carol, thank you for knitting the prototype of the original, and I sure hope with my fingers crossed that we’ll see one or two of these on your Ravelry Projects page some day ! 🙂 xx
Oh, and glad the weather is treating you well today ! 🙂
I see the OXO’s 🙂
Sherlock never misses a clue !!! 🙂 xx I miss you hen, and am holding out until your return,
You are such an inspiration to me – absolutely do an e-book! X
Kelly… look who’s talking , one who is inspiration to me ! I hope we can help each other learn how to do these e-book thingies 🙂 xx
Absolutely! That’s a thing I’d love to do one day. X
I love the OXO’s, too. It’s a pared back design. Worth doing.
‘Pared-Back Isle’ 😉
The weather has been delightful. Sunny, but not burning hot! I finished all three boys baby sweaters and I’ve started on my sweater, Harriet’s Jacket. It’s a fun knit that starts at the sleeve cuff. If I get it done and like it I will make an azure to wear with it.
Wouldn’t that be somethng ! Congratualtions on THREE finished sweaters !!! 🙂
I love the high contrast color combination of the overall design with the low contrast of the band design. It keeps it worth looking at long term. If you’ve really got the blues you just need to come visit me in Northern Italy in September, there’s going to be a great Indigo dying workshop and I’m hoping to learn to make a whole gamut of different grades of that wonderful color :).
Oh wouldn’t that be fun ! I will look forward to seeing All Things Indigo featured on *your* blog in September ! 🙂