Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Candy Floss Hat {Yarn Along}

It's been a busy week-I've just now realized that I haven't blogged since last week's yarn along, which is rather sad.
This should, I suppose, mean that I've been more productive this week than usual, but I'm afraid I haven't much to show for my absence, other than happy and well fed children, a partly tidied house and 90% of a hat.

I wasn't going to dive right into another hat after I finished the purple one last week, but I couldn't help it after I came across this wool on an amazing, quick thrift store trip. (This is how many of my projects in life begin...a "quick" trip to the thrift store.)
I stumbled upon bags and bags of beautiful wool, all still in their original labels, many from the same dye-lots.

This little gem, however, was a singled out wall-flower. No other like it, but I just couldn't pass it up. First it was the mossy green that caught my eye, but then the robin's egg blue, bubble gum pink, and buttery yellow started showing up in tiny ribbons throughout, and I couldn't put it down-it reminded me of cotton candy.
And at 25 cents for the whole skein, I knew I could think of something to use it for.
I decided that I'd make Charlotte yet another hat, but this time slightly larger. I followed the same
pattern, but made the next size up.

I haven't decided what I'll do with the rest of the wool...I have about 10 skeins of each colour pictured below...and it's all 100% wool. I'm thinking it might be time for a felting project, especially with the 10 that are rug wool. Wouldn't rug wool make amazing slipper soles? Nice and thick!

I've just started reading "Vincent Van Gogh". (of course, one of my absolute favorite artists....)
I've been wanting to check it out  for a long time, but our library only has a few copies of it and it always seems to be out.
I'm fairly certain that it's intended for young adults/teens-It's written at a lower reading level.
I fully intended on reading this to the boys but I became intrigued when I started flipping through it...I may just have to "proof read" it first;)

Head over to visit Ginny at Small Things for more weekly yarn along stories!


  1. Ohhhh that green yarn is beautiful! It'll make a pretty hat!

  2. No reason you can't 'proof read' something ;) That top yarn really is lovely! What a great find!

  3. I cannot believe you got that beautiful yarn for 25 cents! You are a lucky duck with a good thrifting eye. I never come across anything like that at shops.

  4. Lucky duck! I never find anything good at our thrift stores down here. They're abysmal.

  5. I know all about those "quick" thrift trips...although I've never scored such a yarn find! I loooove those pretty colours. And I expect to see Lottie's hat modelled. :)
    Let me know what you think of the book - I love Van Gogh.

  6. GREAT bargain! How could you resist casting on? Happy New Year!

  7. Such good finds! I love the hat yarn, and the colors of the others are very nice too!