Lizards in the Leaves

Rustlings in the green....imagination, art, whimsy

Feb 23, 2006

It's a cake!, it's a hat...

Big sale at my LYS this week. I picked up a super-bulky Tahki yarn called Uma
and had a vision. Now, various yarns always give me visions, but what is unusual is that I came home and began to work on my vision immediately

I combined the Uma with my precious one ball of Malabrigo purples and a novelty yarn called Calliope and ended up with this freeform-y confection of knitting and crochet:

I started by making a 10-stitch garter stitch strip with the Uma, about 19-20 inches long, joining the ends together to make the brim. This gave me a good base upon which I was free to crochet upward toward the crown with abandon, mostly single crochet, switching yarns, doubling back, and occasionally chaining 9-12 stitches and working a corkscrew spiral (by working 3 stitches of half-double crochet into each chain st).

I actually made the crown separately, starting with a fairly uniform circular shape in the Uma. At some point, it was apparent that it was time for the crown piece and the base piece to be joined, which I did with the Calliope, using single crochet and slip stitches randomly around.
Two evenings work and it was finished.

I tried it on. I loved it - it's ME! and it pretty much resembles the vision I had in the yarn shop. Which makes me rather happy. The corkscrews are like my thoughts popping out...
Then, I realized this cake-y hat was the perfect prop to make a visual for my new slogan, which is supposed to help me stop eating the dreadful delicious things that have put 20 pounds on me in the last year:

Will it help? I'll let you know.


At 2/24/06, 12:18 AM, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

I, too, have made cake hats. But yours is much better with the "thought corkscrews"!!! I LOVE that! Cake is my downfall as well. Why, oh, why did Trader Joe's have to come up with a truffle brownie AND a Madagascar Vanilla cake mix at the same time? They each use a stick of butter in only a 9" square pan, and I want to eat the whole thing.Ummmm. Cake, cake, cake.

At 2/25/06, 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Och, that's fabulous!
I particularly like the escaping thoughts...
Your SP's Roomate

At 2/25/06, 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the hat on you! Fabulous!! Really brings out your sense of joy and mischief. :)


At 3/6/06, 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol. eat art. i'm totally gonna use that.


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