First and foremost, I hope everyone had a great Mother’s day and that you’re all well rested and ready to start a brand new week.
Two weeks ago, I received the 2009 Bendigo Woollen Mills shade card, together with their proud announcement of the new “Luxury” range. The range boasts to be softer and at the reasonable price of $11.50 for a 200g ball/400m. As a bonus, orders received before 31st May from the new Luxury range will receive two “Luxury” patterns free!
I had promised Emma, my sister-in-law, that I will knit hats for her and her son, Jackson, just before receiving the shade card so the timing couldn’t be better. She picked the colour Lake and I chose my two free Luxury patterns from Bendigo Woollen Mills.
The yarn arrived a few days later and it was soft! I was pleasantly surprised as I’ve bought from their other ranges which promised to be soft but they weren’t. I was thrilled to have finally found machine washable soft merino wool at such a low price. Their shipping is only $3 and if your purchases are more than $30, postage is free.
I immediately casted on for Jackson’s hat and was happily knitting when I found loose bits of yarn poking out of the strand of wool. It happened 3-4 times but it was no big deal as it disappeared into my knitting with a little snip.
I was determined to finish the two hats before Mother’s Day so I had a knitting marathon for 3 days straight. The hats were completed, washed and dried well before my deadline and I was very pleased with the results. The yarn was even softer after washing!
CO 110sts on 3.5 mm needles.
Followed the instruction from Odessa for ribbing.
M1 and then changed to 4 mm needles.
Work Hurricane’s body and decrease.
Decrease didn’t work too well. Probably decreased too quickly on the last 2-3 rows. Hat doesn’t lie flat but fits okay.
Pattern: Jacques Cousteau hat
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply
Needles: 3.5 mm
Mods: Knitted the woman’s size and knit in rib for only 16cm (instead of 20cm) before decreasing.
Emma and Jackson received their hats on Mother’s Day and they both spent the day at home lazing around. We took a quick family photo before we left to have lunch at James’. Notice how well behaved the dog, Ash, is sitting on Emma’s foot while the photo was taken. Hehe… Silly dog!
More hats on Wednesday! See you then. Take care!
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