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thorpe and more

November 16, 2008



I probably say this every time I finish a new hat but I’ll say it again anyway: I have a new favorite hat.

Pattern: Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops. Queue and download (free!) on Ravelry here.  My project page is here.
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Bulky in the enchanting color Silver Streaks at Midnight, 1 skein.  The contrast color is also Lamb’s Pride Bulky, but it is a leftover ball from long ago and I don’t know the color name.

There were no knitting modifications made to the pattern and I love it.  The one thing I did that I thought was mighty clever was how I finished my tassels.  Instead of cutting the strands to a uniform length, I frayed them.  Or something like that – I can’t really think of the right word to use here.  But what I did was take each strand individually (after braiding and knotting) and untwisted it.  Then I pulled the cut end off, leaving wispy ends.  Love.

When I modeled it for Gerald (as I do with all my finished knits – he humors me) he said it looked like an old fashioned football helmet.  Of course it does, darling.

Also, for someone who does not crochet very much, I’m a crocheting bad ass.  I say that very humbly.


Matching mittens would be nice, if I could muster the strength to knit them.


I’m so excited to be teaching my very first knitting class!  If you’re in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina and you happen to have an irrational fear of color stranded knitting, then let me help you out!  It’s a project class and we’ll be knitting my Fingerless Mitts pattern.


What: Intro to Stranded Knitting
Where: Gate City Yarns, Greensboro, NC
When: December 2nd & 9th, 7-9pm.
(Just in time for Christmas gift-giving!)
Cost: $40 plus supplies.
To sign up, call the yarn store: 336-370-1233

Thank you!!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. h-spo permalink
    November 16, 2008 3:17 pm

    maybe you didn’t ‘fray’ the tassels. maybe you ‘dread-locked’ them.

    love it.

  2. November 16, 2008 7:35 pm

    how great for you. i think it could be much fun. and nice to have some people try out your lovely mittens.

    about crocheting. it is actually much easier than knitting. but it is easier to keep one’s gauge with knitting as the needles help to define it. and i don’t see anything bad ass about your crocheting.

    oh hats. and this one is cute too. to me it is like a chullo or a hat worn by the guides in the himalayan.

  3. November 16, 2008 7:58 pm

    The hat looks great, and those colors together look wonderful. Your crochet edging does look good. I always envy knitters who can also crochet.

  4. November 17, 2008 1:45 am


  5. November 17, 2008 1:03 pm

    I still need to knit Thorpe too. Yours is lovely! Hooray on your first class!! 🙂

  6. November 17, 2008 3:13 pm

    Wow, that’s an awesome hat! And I love the “dreadlocked” tassles. 😉

  7. November 18, 2008 8:30 pm

    Mandy, you’re so talented! I’m so glad to find your blog. I’m so impressed. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Katie permalink
    November 20, 2008 5:31 pm

    I *heart* your Thorpe! Also, I posted answers to your interfacing question in the comments of my baby clothes quilt post. Thought it might be helpful to have the how-to in there. Thanks for asking!

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