It was intended to be special, contain elements that are meaningful to me, and above all, to be beautiful.
My family ancestry is Heinz-57, but mostly British Islander, particularly Welsh, Scots and Irish. I've always been drawn to Celtic knotwork and knew that I wanted that in my hat. I also was born in the Celtic month of Beithe (Birch) and thought I'd include leaves, as well.
I used the BFL/Tussah in the Viva Otoño that I
spun, after removing it from the inventory at Oregon Flock and the gray Corriedale/BFL X yarn that I spun while at Oregon Flock and Fiber. Since the BFL/Tussah was a gray based fiber, it looked best with the gray background. I tried it against black and brown and neither worked.
I also wanted to keep the "yurt" style going, but instead of inserted I-cord, I did cables, knit along in the fabric (not inserted).
|Knotwork pattern from "Charted Celtic Designs" by Co Spinhoven|
|Birch Leaves - adapted design|
It covers my ears easily, and is warm! Just in time for winter!