I needed a new hat for our new life back in the States. This fish hat has been on my to make list for awhile. It gets compliments wherever I wear it!
Josh brought me back most of the yarn from a trip to Norway. I’ve been keeping it in my stash for the perfect project. The fish lips make for perfect ear flaps.
The color patterns were improvised. I wanted a more dramatic tail than the instructions called for so decreased more slowly to fan out the curves.
Blocking this hat was fun. The eyes are made from a bath scrubbie and stash buttons.
While in Boston we took a day trip to Salem. Pagans galore, cheesy witch tourism, great New Age stores and a Bewitched statue. It was a fun town and if life had played out differently I could see us living there.
Name: Big Eyed Fish
Pattern Source: Knitty
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted-Kiwi, Trysil Garn Iglo-Wine Red, Trysil Garn Natur Tykt Helårsgarn-Light Blue, Ístex Léttlopi-Heaven Blue, Ístex Léttlopi-Lapis Blue
Needle Size: US 7/4.5 mm
Our Australian vacation took place in August which meant we’d experience winter temperatures. I decided Josh needed a new hat for the trip. Alas, Floyd didn’t get a new outfit but I’ll be sprucing him and Hazel up for our book release party next month. (Pre-order Formosa Moon here!)
My best friend Kelly and I designed the pattern back when we were living in Portland. She still knits versions of this hat without a written pattern while I follow my notes and tweak the pattern every time. We both make the hat long enough that the tail can be used as a scarf.
When Josh and I moved to Taiwan I brought my beloved Noro yarn with me as I couldn’t bear to part with it. Knitting with Noro is always a delight. This is the colorway’s natural variation.
The tassel is my favorite part of the hat. I like to make them long and chunky.
A work in progress shot to show the beautiful color pattern.
Name: Solstice Hat
Pattern Source: Me, Kelly
Yarn: Noro Kureyon-#233, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted-Kiwi
Needles: US 6-4.0 mm, US 7-4.5 mm
Summer break has arrived and I finally have time to hang out with my sewing machine again. Mostly I’ve been working on my mending pile which had grown considerably this past semester. My first sewing project was tarting up a new summer hat.
I have a pretty pink hat that’s my standard go to but it feels weird to wear if I’m dressed all in green or blue. This option was found in Taipei’s underground mall on sale for $150 NT (about $5 US). The sash came from a dress I recently scored at a clothing swap.
It seemed cute at the time I tried it on but once home the design seemed a bit off. So I’ve been recycling it and am happy with this first result. The flower was a nice score also found underground.
Josh and I took another trip to our new favorite place Oia Cafe. It’s an alpaca and cat coffee shop. Yup, you can sip a latte and pet an alpaca. We made our first trek earlier this month and Josh blogged about it here.
This time we got to bath one of the alpacas, a one year old named Kurosawa, after the famous director. It was not an easy task but Kuro forgave us after we offered him carrots.
This little kitty was my new friend for half an hour during our first visit. He was adorable and I so wanted to take him home! But alas, we’re living pet free for the foreseeable future. Isn’t he adorable?
Living in Taiwan means access to fresh fruit and varieties not easily found in the US. Josh and I scored some cheap durian recently and it was delicious.