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Bracken Beanie

When I got to Edinburgh, one of the first things that happened was an impromptu gift exchange. Kate made us all  project bags and brought Kiwi chocolate:

and Kat gave us Northern Yarns Yealand Manor (all the wool come from one flock of sheep!) and the Bracken Beanie pattern to match. During the trip I got obsessed with knitting this, and I cast it on as soon as I got home. Maybe it was me trying to extend my holiday - we saw a lot of bracken when we were hiking, or maybe it's because I don't have any cabled hats, or maybe I just wanted to.

I don't think Skip realised he was meant to be taking pictures of the has, not my face
It was a glorious knit. the yarn is stunning and sheepy and beautiful, the pattern well written and fun. I love a ribbing that merges off into the body of the pattern.
As I finished it I knew it needed a pom-pom. A big one.Sonia was kind enough to bring her clover pom-pom maker to Monday night knitting, and Katie "directed" my efforts and together we made this wonderful pom-pom.

This hat already has so many memories, from the new friends I made in Edinburgh, to laughing and crafting with my old friends in Melbourne. I would have loved it even if it wasn't perfect: but look at it, with it's bold cables and jaunty pom-pom. Woolly hat perfection.


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