The holiday knitting continues apace! In spite of all the outdoorsy stuff we’ve been up to – and there’s been quite a bit of this (after our epic hike on our first full day here, and a day on Brownsea Island, we had a day on the Studland Peninsula where, before we knew it, we’d covered ten miles) – I seem to be whizzing through my holiday projects at such speed that I’m starting to wonder whether I need to find a yarn shop fast and think with a relative degree of slightly lethargic urgency of an additional creation to work on during our lazy evenings in front of the fire.
Admittedly, I’d managed to complete the first of the projects before we’d even left the metropolis – another Nuzzle Hat from Sarah Hatton‘s great collection of easy patterns, 10 Simple, Cosy Projects. I knitted my first Nuzzle Hat, in Rowan Cocoon (Crag), last Autumn; for this new one, I used some of the leftover wool (Rowan Cocoon in Bilberry) from my first ever hand-knitted jumper. I made this Nuzzle Hat slightly bigger than the last, just to give it a bit more ‘bagginess’:
What amazes me about this pattern is how quick it is to knit – I’d hardly picked up the needles before I had a finished hat! Here I am modelling it:
And here’s the same hat, from the side so you can see the bagginess:
Not content with one new noodle warmer, however, I’ve also just finished another, this time the Buccaneer Hat from Sarah Hatton’s 10 More, Simple Cosy Projects. And this one I did start and finish while actually on holiday. Again, I used some of the Rowan Cocoon in Bilberry I had left over from the jumper:
I used some yarn – originally acquired at Willert, a yarn store in Goch, Germany – I had left from an old scarf project for the pompom. It had been ages since I’d last made a pompom – it was fun!
I got a bit carried away, though, concerned that the pompom wouldn’t look ‘full’ enough. I needn’t have worried:
Below is the finished Buccaneer Hat. I will admit I made a mistake – there should be more stocking stitch between each garter stitch section, if you compare my hat to the original pattern. But I console myself with the knowledge that at least I have been consistent in my mistake, which recurs throughout the pattern. This is what comes of trying to knit while watching Scandi Noir crime drama without being fluent in either Swedish or Danish…
And here, then, is the outrageous pompom in action:
And what of our fresh air, long walks, log fires and squirrel spotting? Well, we saw more squirrels (albeit greys) today (at the Arne Nature Reserve near Wareham) and the log fire continues to crackle and warm. Brownsea on Sunday looked cold, but was actually lovely – we walked right round the island this time:
Inland, the island was clad in rich Autumn colours…
… and – amidst the somewhat strange (not to mention unexpected) woollen spiders’ webs left over from a children’s Halloween event – some autumnal art:
Monday turned out to be rather on the wet side so we pottered about locally, nipping into Swanage for an amazing lunch (consisting, perhaps, surprisingly, not of cake) at Love Cake, where we were so full after the main course that we didn’t actually manage any cake at all! On Tuesday, we made up for the relative lack of exercise, however, with a ten-mile hike around Studland, including a march up to Old Harry Rocks:
More walks to come, and more knitting already in hand. I’ve finished a cowl – more on that next time – and am currently working away on a hot water bottle cover. But before I pick that up again this evening, it’s time to stoke the fire…