Friday, August 21, 2015

FO Friday: Delta Hat KAL

I have a new hat, fresh off the needles! This is my project for the Delta Hat KAL that's happening over in the Hands Occupied Ravelry group through the end of this month:
I used Himalayan Trail, one of my favorite Bijou Basin Ranch yarns (and also the yarn which the pattern happens to call for). The color I chose is Continental Blue - a nice, rich navy (and hey, it's not green!). I did add in a few extra rounds of the garter brim because I was a little worried that the hat might be a bit shallow for my head - and I had a nice little bit of yarn left over at the end, so I probably could have added in a few more if I cared to. Also, I went up a needle size because I am apparently a tight knitter these days!
You'll notice I have some pretty spiffy buttons - they are made from salvaged tool handles, so each set of buttons is unique! Full disclosure: they are made by my friend Lindy, the talented woodworker behind Balwen Woodworks (you can find out more about this Chicago-based company here).

Anyway, when I saw these buttons at YarnCon earlier this spring, I had to have them - even though I had no project in mind. When I came across the Delta Hat pattern by Heidi Gustad and saw that it used the same buttons, I was pretty excited to put them to good use. I really can't think of a more stunning combination: luxury yarn and cool buttons. This jaunty little hat will be nice to wear in the fall!
It's not too late to join the KAL - find out more about prizes and how you can snag your yarn, pattern, and some killer buttons here on the Hands Occupied blog.

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