Hats on for Autumn

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’:

My new Nuzzle hat is the one on the left. The ribbed section looks uneven in this photo, but I promise it isn't. Must. Improve. Photography. Skills.

My new Nuzzle hat is the one on the left. The ribbed section looks uneven in this photo, but I promise it isn’t. Must. Improve. Photography. Skills.

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:

Quick to knit and nice and toasty for Autumn walks.

Quick to knit and nice and toasty for Autumn walks.

And here’s the same hat, from the side so you can see the bagginess:

Doing my best Smurf impression. OK, so it's nowhere near blue enough...

Doing my best Smurf impression. OK, so it’s nowhere near blue enough…

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:

Yes. I know. But look closely and you'll spot the difference between this one and the Nuzzle Hat picture above.

Yes. I know. But look closely and you’ll spot the difference between this one and the Nuzzle Hat picture above.

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!

Using the time-honoured pompom-making method.

Using the time-honoured pompom-making method.

I got a bit carried away, though, concerned that the pompom wouldn’t look ‘full’ enough. I needn’t have worried:

One rather substantial pompom.

One rather substantial pompom.

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…

Fantastic pompomery.

Fantastic pompomery.

And here, then, is the outrageous pompom in action:

I just wore this out for the first time and managed to carry it off like a natural. Phew!

I just wore this out for the first time and managed to carry it off like a natural. Phew!

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:

Poole-side on Brownsea.

Poole-side on Brownsea.

Inland, the island was clad in rich Autumn colours…

An autumnal Brownsea.

An autumnal Brownsea.

… and – amidst the somewhat strange (not to mention unexpected) woollen spiders’ webs left over from a children’s Halloween event – some autumnal art:

We never did discover the identity of the artist. I confess - with disappointed honesty - that it wasn't me.

We never did discover the identity of the artist. I confess – with disappointed honesty – that it wasn’t me.

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:

If you look carefully, top right, you can see the Isle of Wight. The visibility was amazing.

If you look carefully, top right, you can see the Isle of Wight. The visibility was amazing.

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…

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