Rosebud

While my husband and I were planning our July Northwoods adventure a number of weeks ago, my husband — who clearly loves me a lot — suggested I find a project that reflected the locale we’d be visiting. We settled on basing the project on Quince & Co’s Owl. Since hearing & catching glimpses of owls are a very special part of camping ‘up north’ for us and Owl was a relatively new yarn that I was anxious to try, it was the perfect fit. I quickly hunted down the equally perfect pattern, Rosebud by Jared Flood.  I really liked that it was vaguely reminiscent of Jane Richmond’s Renfrew, a hat I knit up last year and quickly became a favourite for me. Same basic idea with the offset cable pattern & slouchy fit, but with its own twist. I was pretty sure I’d found a winner. I popped over to Cream City Yarn where I picked up 2 skeins of Cielo – a super light blue with just a hint of grey — and set them aside for the Northwoods vacation.

For a number of reasons, the Northwoods vacation was cancelled and replaced with a week at my parents’ homestead where — I kid you not — two Great-Horned Owls flew through the yard one night. Different location and yet still appropriate — things just always work out one way or another, don’t they? In any case, working on this project was quite a treat for me.

20130722-185117.jpgI don’t have a ton of experience with Jared Flood or Brooklyn Tweed patterns, but Rosebud was about what I would expect. Clearly laid out, easy to follow, and error free, this design is definitely well-done and accessible to any knitter with the cabling & knitting in the round skills required for the stitch patterning.

20130723-194456.jpgFor those who don’t like charts, do beware that the cable portion of the pattern is only presented in chart form without written instructions. This by all means though would be a fine opportunity to learn to love using charts!

20130725-094132.jpgThe yarn? The yarn was — as I have come to expect from Quince & Co — exceptional. I think what captures my heart about this company is that they make yarn that feels like people really have their hands in creating it. It isn’t super fancy, it isn’t luxury… it’s like coming home. Owl is no different. It’s rustic without being unrefined — I could even feel some lanolin in it as I knit. And the finished hat…

rosebud onExactly what I was looking for!

rosebud detailThe stitch definition of Owl was great and a close match to the yarn in which Rosebud was designed.

rosebudNow I just have to wait for the weather to get a smidge colder… we’re in the midst of a very chilly August, but the alpaca/wool blend is mighty toasty! I foresee winter hiking, Moose walking (the dog, not the ungulate), & cross-country skiing in this hat’s future!

6 responses to “Rosebud

  1. It’s lovely. I personally don’t see the attraction of charts, since you still have to count stitches anyway, but I have used them (one does). This looks like another excellent excuse to swear at them a bit more. 🙂

    • Lol! For me, reading a chart is like reading a word as a whole whereas reading written instructions (for something like this) is like reading the word letter by letter. In other words, they kind of streamline the process. I know this isn’t universal with knitters though. From what I’ve seen in the classroom, I think it really depends on the knitter, how we see the world and how we learn. I just happen to be one that works more easily with the visual. 🙂

  2. What a fabulous idea – to match the project to your holiday location. I might have to steal that idea. I love it! (and the hat)

    • I usually have a really hard time getting into vacation planning — I just hate planning that kind of stuff out. This has been a very effective method to get me jazzed about trips ahead of time!

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