Many of you will already know this, as I was a bit late getting my blog reading done with the madness around here lately, and so late to the party…!
As a response Winter Olympics, Bristol Ivy and some other designers are grouping together to support various gay, trans, and human rights organisations in response to the Russian governments ludicrous stance on anyone who is not hetero. All the designers on this list will be donating varying amounts of their pattern proceeds during the Olympics to various charities.
I have personally been doing a boycott of the Olympics since they started due to Russia’s homophobic bullsh*t, as I just can’t bear to support that kind of madness in any form, and when I saw this gesture had to join in…
50% of all sales from my Brioche Hat during the Olympic games will go to UK gay and bisexual rights charity Stonewall. Click on the link above right to purchase and add your own support to a worthy cause! Human rights are for everyone.
The Brioche Hat pattern is now professionally tech edited and I feel more confident about releasing it for sale!
I managed to rope in the ever willing(suffering) East London Knit – aka Renee (a talented designer in her own right – check out her new designs here – and a fantastic photographer to boot) – to help me get some shots of the hat on my actual head!
Most of the photos were unusable…not due to the photographer, but my own seemingly unlimited store of goofy looks! It was a long day in the rain, wind and then sun but she finally managed to catch me not being self-conscious in a few shots!
It feels pretty weird to be splashing photos of myself all over the internet after years of avoidance, but I am determined to suck it up…at least until I can find a willing model, that is! 😉
I have 3 Aran yarns that give the gauge needed for this hat – BANFF Aran – BFL/Baby Alpaca, LOMOND Aran – Baby Alpaca/Merino/Bamboo, and WIMBLEDON Aran – SW Merino.
Just to contrast the two most similar, BANFF (left) and LOMOND (right), you can see how the BFL in the BANFF creates a higher shine and more compact stitches, while the LOMOND is fluffier due to the higher content of that soft Baby Alpaca :
I currently have all of the the Aran blends on the shop at the moment and have released the last two skeins of red from my Boreal jumper if anyone fancies a bright, happy version like my personal hat!
I’ve added some new colours for the Brioche Hat kit on the shop this weekend:
Just a heads up that there is only one set of the variegated grey and teal!
The variations listing seems to be a bit dodgy so please just message me with your colour choice after paying.
And don’t forget the 20% off until next Thurday!
I managed to squeeze in quite a few photos this weekend and am posting a number of the yarns for Friday on the shop…just for the week until the morning of Dec 6th, and then they are off to PARTY! So if you see anything you like, grab them before they go…
I’ve dyed a number of new colourways in the glorious Westminster baby camel/silk:
I’ve also dyed a gazillion little Twist superwash BFL mini skeins and took a quick photo of a handful for the shop:
I am trying a new method of listing – variations – and am hoping it goes smoothly as it doesn’t let you give an indication of how much in each colour is available! Fingers crossed.
I also decided to try this method for the hat kit and have listed the colours I posted previously this way as well to make it easier for people to order until Friday.
LASTLY …there are also more Islington and Kensington greys going up and a few surprise colours! Phew.
Shop update is today Sunday December 1st at 5pm GMT – check your local time.
I have been working hard to get a quick knit kit together for our next KAL – a super simple, and QUICK, Brioche Hat!! Shown with pom or without below, the pattern is unisex and can be made as a beanie or slouch hat for those last people on your xmas list. Note: This pattern is free for a limited time with any purchase of Kettle Yarn Co. Aran yarn!
The pattern is nearly ready for release and I hope to have some ready to hand out with yarn purchases at the Pompom party on Dec 6th! It is a really quick knit and should knit up in a few hours…the prototype in size medium took 2 nights and this is while working out kinks, so should be much faster for you!
The kits will include a mini skein of fingering for the pompom in a contrasting colour and one of 3 Kettle Yarn Co Aran yarns – or you can just go for the solo skein for the non-pom option:
Lomond Aran – a buttery soft fluffy blend with a gorgeous halo (pictured in the prototype photos on this page)
60% Baby Alpaca
Banff Aran – a slightly more wooly/sturdy blend, which still has a bit of downy Alpaca halo
55% British Bluefaced Leicester/ 45% Baby Alpaca
Or for those of you needing superwash hats:
Wimbledon Aran – a smoother, more compact blend of soft warmth
100% Superwash Merino
I’ve started a Brioche Hat KAL thread on the Kettle Ravelry group page, so if you are interested in taking part and want your yarn asap for gift knitting, leave a message and we’ll get you sorted out with a kit!