Despite the warm, sun kissed days we have been experiencing, I know winter is on its way. As part of my winter preparations, I took a look at my winter clothing and realized that I do not have anything to keep my head warm while working outside or for wearing inside while waiting for the heat from the wood stove to fill our house. Even though I struggle with crocheting hats, I decided to try again and dug out my hook and went through my stash of yarn. I am making my hats out of wool because I find that wool keeps me warmer and last longer.
The green wool shown above was left over from a sweater I made for myself several years ago. That yarn was found in a house that my brother had purchased and cleared out. I searched the local thrift stores, but 100% wool yarn is hard to find. I finally went to a local fiber store and bought a skein on sale for $2.00 of a very pretty blue wool from Ireland.
Most crocheters find that hats are not hard to make with a bit of practice. Several patterns are available for free on the internet and most libraries will have books to lend. Many libraries and yarn stores host beginner knitting or crocheting classes for those interested in learning. These are the patterns I am going to try:
A shell stitch hat made from the scrounged green wool.
An Amazing Grace Hat using the blue, on sale wool.
This pattern would be an excellent way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn.
I’m thinking about using a variegated yarn in my stash to make this simple beanie.
Hats usually require only a skein of yarn. While it’s true that good yarn is expensive, there are a few ways of obtaining good quality yarn for little money. One is to put the word out to family and friends. Many crafters have yarn they are willing to give away to whoever will use it. Thrift stores are another resource of not only skeins of yarn but also of sweaters that can be unravelled or “frogged” and the yarn reused. I have done this several times and have ended up with several skeins of good quality fibre for very little money. An excellent tutorial of what to look for and how to frog a sweater can be found here.
Now I am ready to meet winter head on!
How about you? How are you getting ready for winter?