Loft and warmth, that is how I would describe my latest knitting project. At last, I found the time to join in on a Fringe Hatalong. A friend nudged me to knit the Hermaness by Gudrun Johnston-I would knit it in my Gotland worsted weight, and she would knit it in her Bluefaced Leicester. So I cast on, excited to join knitters around the globe on a shared project. The intent was to knit this “simple” lace hat within a month’s time.
About half way through my knitting, and unknitting, I emailed my friend to say that I was totally exacerbated. This “simple” lace pattern was requiring more focus than I could give to it. Regardless of how easy a lace pattern is, the bottom line is that you still have to count, and pay attention. My life was just not at a point where I could sit and knit with that much concentration. So, following my friend’s kind and gentle encouragement, I put the hat aside until a more quiet time.
Summer, being our busy season, has kept my mind preoccupied with farmstay guests, harvesting the garden, and launching arrows from my quiver. My youngest child leaves for the university soon, middle daughter enters her senior year at college, and my oldest daughter continues to study abroad. This fall, my husband and I are planning a trip to Germany to visit my daughter. From there, we will go on to Gotland Island, Sweden to visit with some sheep and shepherds. So my mind has a zillion thoughts racing through it and my spare time is spent reading about Sweden.
I found that moment this past week, and finished knitting my Hermaness hat. Most known for its lovely drape and luster, Gotland yarn knits up into gorgeous shawls, wraps, scarves, and flowing vests. So I was anxious to see how well it would knit into a hat. When knit, the yarn took on a soft halo, as though the yarn bloomed as it came off my knitting needles. In the end, my hat feels amazingly warm and lofty, yet not squishy and springy, as if knit with a wool that has a fine crimp. Some of the stitch definition melted into the wool fibers, leaving behind distinct stitch patterning, and taking on the general form of the lace pattern instead.
I like my hat, and my yarn, and my friend.