Monday, October 26, 2009

Soft, Blue, and Twisted

Thank goodness for fall sunshine over the weekend that finally allowed me to photograph this project in a way befitting it.

Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Yarn: Intention Yarns, 100% pure local wool, colorway Family, less than one skein
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm) Knit Picks Options
Started/Completed: October 14/October 18
Mods: none

When I received this yarn, I knew it would be perfect for a Koolhaas of my own (you may remember that I made one last year as a gift). The yarn was a softly spun, slightly felted singles yarn, heavy worsted weight, in a blue/purple colorway with a few hints of pink. The full skein was 200 yards, so I had plenty for my hat and have a fair amount left over. It knit up very much like Malabrigo, although it's not as soft.

My only complaint about the yarn was that it turned my fingers a little blue as I knit with it. A fair amount of blue dye did come out in the blocking wash; I'm hoping that it was just excess that wasn't rinsed very well. I'll have to play around with the hat for a bit to see if there's still blue rubbing off before I wear it. If there is, it will be getting another bath with some vinegar.

I really enjoyed the pattern the second time around and found it a little faster to execute. I still screwed up the first round of the decreases (which I'm pretty sure I did the first time, too) and had to tink back a bit, but once I got past that minor hiccup, it was smooth sailing. I love how smoothly the design flows into the decreases at the top of the hat. It's a very architectural look, which isn't surprising, considering the design's namesake.

I'm definitely planning on knitting this again. In fact, I think it might make a very cute baby hat done in fingering weight.

If there aren't enough cable twists for you in my hat, how about a comlpeted pair of baby socks?

These are my usual pattern, with cable twists just like my socks and made from the leftovers with size 0/2.0 mm needles. They were started last Thursday and finished on Saturday, easy peasy. We officially have family socks!


  1. Beautiful Koolhaas! You should wear that when you bring Rainbow home from the hospital to fully realize the "intention" of the yarn. :)

  2. pretty koolhaas! i should make one for rob (after all, he IS the architect) but i just haven't gotten around to it. and your baby will be the best footed baby in the land!

  3. I should give Koolhaas a try at some point, but I'm afraid it might give me cloning anemone's flashbacks. Nice hat, and the Rainbow socks look great!

  4. That hat is so pretty! Love the socks too.

  5. I have admired Koolhaas for a long time and the Malabrigo makes an absolutely gorgeous pairing! Of course, knitting with Malabrigo is like knitting with a little bit of heaven. :)

  6. Your Koolhaas turned out gorgeous! I finished my first one last week and loved the pattern!

  7. P.S. And Rainbow's matching socks are adorable!

    P.P.S. My verification word is "sphooti". Which is a sound I imagine Rainbow will make many, many times. ;)