14 November 2015

10 years of Woolly Hats

Woolly Wormhead is celebrating a 10 year Anniversary in Hat design, with today, November 14th, marking the release of a first Woolly pattern – Tri-Peak Hat.

I've first met Woolly in person sometime in 2009, neither of us can remember exactly when, but it was summer and pretty warm. We talked non-stop for hours, catching up on life, work, and all that's in-between while wandering through the Tate, and then over a couple of beers in a pub by the river and later through the Barbican
grounds on the way back to the Underground. I feel that our knitting community is so small you inevitably know everyone through working together on books, publishing in magazines, and talking on social media. With some, however, you just feel comfortable right from the beginning, the overlapping work and interests kind of enhance the friendship and a day or two once a year are never enough to catch up.


Every time we arrange a get-together I feel pretty much what Rachel's photo-bomb expresses here so well – so much excitement!
But before we became friends I was [and still am] a very big fan of Woolly's work and I obviously can't not mention her Hats (you'll have notice that all the 'Hats' in here have been capitalised because, well, Hats) precisely for this reason. 

You don't need to go far to notice that the name "Woolly Wormhead" has become synonymous with Hat – the sort that fits well, original, and more often than not is addictive to knit – those hats are ubiquitous in Ravelry forums, knit groups, and yarn shows. Just last Tuesday we all oohed and aahed harmoniously as someone donned on Tucked, knitted in a halo-ey grey yarn, at our local pub knit-night. With so many different hat styles she's designed over the decade I'm sure everyone's knitted at least one, no?

The two hats below are my favourite out of the lot I've worked on:
Beamish is knitted in two shades of a DK weight yarn
Queenie is also a DK weight hat, but knitted here in Malabrigo Worsted
Woolly has generously offered a free single pattern and a handmade project bag (like the one on the left) for a reader of my blog. 

To enter the giveaway tell me which Woolly Wormhead pattern you'd like to knit next from her ever growing collection of Hats

Don't forget to leave your Ravelry name in the same reply so that we can contact you back.
The giveaway closes on November 17th at midnight GMT.

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The giveaway is now finished, thank you so much to everyone who took their time to stop by, talk about hats, and their love of making them. 
The giveaway winner is #11 Janealive, but you can still buy all of Woolly's wonderful hats over on Ravelry or her website.

If you would like to read other posts from this blog tour pop over to :
Rachel Coopey's blog
and 
Clare Devine 's, who followed me on this blog tour on November 17th. 
Carol Feller's blogpost

17 comments :

  1. Well, there's Tucked, and probably all of the painted woolly toppers and... I really don't wear hats often enough... (elvetje)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean :-) There are so many of them!

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  2. I have the mkal hat currently on the needles, but next is Kernmantle, for a friend who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

    (Katstrand)

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  3. I like Cubba - it was hard to narrow it down to just one! (Averil)

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  4. There are so many to choose from. Woolly's patterns have become my go-to hat pattern source. I have the pattern and yarn for Lamitra but if I were to pick a pattern I didn't have it would be Windward. I've had my eye on this one for a couple years. (baking27)

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  5. I've just finished Bimple for my daughter and am working on Álfur for my son. I want Tucked for myself, but I showed it to a friend and she might beat me to it! (Kiwicanuck)

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  6. So far I've made Aeonium, Annular, Whirly Rib Cap, Ivydene, Castiel, Forest Imp, Alveare and am working on the current MKAL. I think I might like to catch up next on some of the previous MKALs, albeit minus the mystery.! So probably Meret next, though there is a lot of competition. Luckily I wear hats daily from September to around May, as do my four year old and husband, so I have plenty of excuses to make more hats. (africandaffodil)

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  7. tucked :) #fingerscrossed

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  8. Got to be another Tucked because it fits so well and cosily, and is such an interesting knit (suekrekorian)

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  9. I'm planning to make Tucked next, all of my hats are Woolly's, they always fit so well.

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  10. Contemplating Quynn and wondering if a chin strap would be too much for an adult! (TeresTala)

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  11. Definitely Tucked.. I made a bad size error when doing it with the KAL, so tore the whole thing out and am ready to start over... I also want to make Aeonium.. have never gotten around to it although I've made about ten of her hat patterns, some multiple times.

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    1. This note is from Jane.. Janealive on ravelry.

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  12. Knitting the MKAL Hat right now. Waiting patiently for clue 3! Did some research in the "which Hat suits me" thread and I think I am going to try Meret - might be the hat that is just right for me! dnnkuehl on Rav

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  13. Pavone!! I love to look thru her hat designs because she has so many different styles! WaterPixie on Revelry! :)

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  14. I love the Cold Harbour TwistQQ

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  15. Hard one - but Meret really inspired me. The lace grows beautifully and complements the shape: neither element forces the other - they just belong together. (HappyDebs on Rav)

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