Reporting in on my hat-making efforts.
It’s going well.
Hat-making is one of the great moments in knitting. Hats have such a defined beginning, middle, and end. You can see the finish line from the starting line—it’s a 50-yard dash. These Jaunty Beanies from Field Guide No. 17: Lopi are keeping me off the streets. I mean, everything is keeping me off the streets these days, but I’m so engrossed with these beanies. More jauntiness!
Mary Jane Mucklestone’s five stranded-color motifs are interchangeable. For this hat, they are also stackable. You can get up to four repeats of the motif, depending on which one you choose.
You can use one motif one time.
Understated. Classy. This is the Lanterns motif.
You can repeat a motif three times.
Here’s the Beads motif, stacked three times. Whimsical!
And you can repeat it four times, which results in a trippy zigzaggy thing.
This is the Mountains motif repeated four times, with changing colors for each repeat. I’d like to give this idea another go. Halfway through, the light bulb went off about the zigzag phenomenon. But I’m not about to rip out any of this. Keep moving!
Then there’s the pom pom. So much to think about. Should it contrast? Should it match? Should I have one at all?
The answer, I’m discovering, is yes. Yes to pom poms.
I’m using the Loome Tool invented by Vilasinee Bunnag.
She recommends a sturdy string or dental floss to tie up my pom pom.
If you’re looking for a great little video tutorial on making pom poms, Vilasinee has created pretty much the Library of Congress of video tutorials on all things Loome Tool. Her YouTube channel is amazing.
The Loome Tool is good for five different crafts: pom poms, weaving, tassels, friendship bracelets, and woven cords. We’ve got two sizes of Loome Tool in the Shop.
The small-scale fun of this is what I’m loving. And finishing something—feels so great.
In Other News: Knitalong Coming!
Get ready for the great knitalong that begins on Monday, March 22.
We’ll be knitting Mary Jane Mucklestone’s designs starring in Field Guide No. 17: Lopi. Thanks to everybody who has already ordered up their yarn and book—it’s looking like an epic knitalong is on the horizon. If you’d like to get ready, our One-Stop Shop for Field Guide No. 17 has everything you need to climb on the Léttlopi bandwagon!
We’ll be Zooming and talking in the MDK Lounge, and there will be random prizes for projects that are posted on Instagram and in the Lounge. Use the Instagram hashtag #lopikalmdk so we’ll be sure to see your project.