I had a bit of a hat obsession over the holidays and I discovered a new yarn that I love. The yarn is Zaol Toki80 - it's 80% angora (bunny) and 20% nylon (different from Toki 40 which is 40% angora, 40% wool). When you first start knitting with it, it doesn't seem very special, in fact it sort of feels like boring string. But as you work with it, a wonderful bloom starts to happen, and it becomes sooooo soft! It's pretty affordable too, less than $10 for a 50 gm ball that has 160m on it. That's enough to knit a beret!
So the first beret I made from it was the "Because of Love" beret. The berry colored one is my "raspberry beret" from handspun, the black is the new Zaol angora. It's quite yummy and very chic!
Then I thought I'd make another beret, but I didn't want to do another "because of love" because, well, I'm a designer, and it wouldn't do to have 50 of the same design, because, clearly I needed to knit more of this yarn!
So I designed this swirly beret. I'm not quite sure what to call it, it's a swirly lace pattern that swirls around the crown to the "beanie stem".
It's really yummy in this eggplant/plum angora. I loved the textural/sculptural look of the lace unblocked, so I left it unblocked and it fits like a dream, an adorable, fuzzy, warm, dream.
You can see in the first picture that I've got another one started, in a love it or hate it pea green (I happen to love this prickly color). That one will have yet another design, something that goes with pea green.
Are you ready for work tomorrow?
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