Painted Woolly Toppers

Anyone who knows me knows I love Woolly Wormhead – the woman is nothing short of a genius! With that in mind then, I am shamefaced to say that she very kindly gave me a copy of her latest book some time ago to review and, due to the ongoing technical do-dahs that is thwarting the podcast I haven’t done it. I know, I know. I’m crap.

Painted Woolly Toppers Cover
Painted Woolly Toppers Cover

However, the other weekend saw me at a show that was a little… quiet… shall we say, so I took the opportunity to cast on a new hat, as a stand sample. I used a skein of my Mobberley Aran, in one of my favourite colourways, Bewitched:

Mobberley Aran in Bewitched
Mobberley Aran in Bewitched

I have an e-copy, which is never quite as easy to slip through as a hard copy, but as ever, it’s a Woolly book, so it’s a feast for the eyes. The photographs are as usual, very strong. I like Woolly’s aesthetic, and enjoy seeing models that one would perhaps not see elsewhere; in this case, real women full of sass! As a sometime glasses-wearer whose bodytyoe does not conform to a societal norm, I love these models and a particularly like the urban background in these shots to. There are at least two shots of each of the ten hats and they allow you to see how the hand-painted yarns are used within the designs. Woolly has specifically designed this collection to use those gorgeous skeins that we fall in love with, buy and then stare at because we don’t know what to do about them. she has also designed it to celebrate the joy of indy dyers, and of course, that’s something I can get behind!

The designs themselves each feature garter stitch somewhere, which I really like for hand painted yarns. They also have strong structures (but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Woolly pattern) and a variety of styles. My personal favourites (at the moment!) are Helical, Jetty and Lamitra, although I also love Cornice. It’s not a style that would suit me, but it makes me grin!

Helical
Helical
Jetty
Jetty
Lamitra
Lamitra
Cornice
Cornice

All the patterns are available in at least three sizes (and most in four or five) and the instructions are clearly expressed. I happen to know that Woolly takes time to ensure her patterns are tech edited, copy edited and test knitted thoroughly, so it is rare to find any errors in them. This book also comes with clear tutorials you may not be familiar with, such as garter stitch Kitchener and a provisional cast on using a crochet hook.

I cast on for Helical, but really it is more for a DK weight yarn (I foolishly grabbed the Mobberley Aran instead of the Mobberley DK!) and I didn’t like the way it was pooling. However this is the joy of this book – if your yarns doesn’t work with one pattern, you are bound to find another where it does. A few days after I cast I on, I ripped out and started Jetty instead, which is a much better combination of pattern and yarn. No photos yet as I’ve only done the brim so far, but I will photograph it when I’ve finished it. I’m currently away on holiday, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a wiggle on!

If you would like your own copy of Painted Woolly Toppers, it is available as a Ravelry download for £10. Print copies are available from MagCloud for $25 (which is around £17 at present).

All photographs from Painted Woolly Toppers are ©Woolly Wormhead and used with permission to accompany the review. My copy was provided for review by Woolly Wormhead, but all views expressed are my own.

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Harbour Yarns Trunk Show, Saturday 3rd October

harbour yarns

Hello all,
Hope you are all well, and enjoying this last little blast of warm weather. It was pleasant enough to sit outside for lunch today!

I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that the beautiful and bijou Harbour Yarns is hosting a Yarns From The Plain trunk show on Saturday 3rd October. Harbour Yarns is nestled into a lovely row of shops at Seaham Marina, County Durham and stocks a delicious selection of yarn, including West Yorkshire Spinners, Fyberspates and Adriafil. There is also a great range of books and notions and the smiliest owner and staff I think I’ve ever met! There is a café and also a lovely ice cream shop in the row, too, so make sure you make time to enjoy the refreshment opportunities whilst you are there!

I’ll have a wide selection of 4ply with me, along with some DK and aran weight yarn as well. I’ll also have a selection of hand-dyed fibre too, plus I’m excited to have some spinning kits available as well. If you want to make a start with spinning on a small scale, I’ll be happy to show you how!

If you are in the North East at all, it would be great to see you next Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Come and say hi!

Harbour Yarns
Unit 6
Waterside
Seaham Harbour Marina
Seaham
County Durham
SR7 7EE

TTFN
Nic

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