Beyond the Sea Set

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There was a point when I thought the wristwarmers in this picture weren’t going to get made. I was following a pattern from a Simply Knitting magazine and had misunderstood it, so (very reluctantly) I ripped back what I had done. Only somehow, a giant tangle had happened in the wool I’d already knitted with. That pink section? It used to be a lot bigger, I had to cut most of it back. Not to be deterred, I asked the Simply Knitting team about the pattern on their Facebook page. These wristwarmers wouldn’t have gotten done without them! They got back to me the next day, clearly explaining where I had gone wrong. It gave me the confidence I needed to wade back in there and get the wristwarmer and its companion done.

But the wristwarmers needed something more. After all, they were intended to be sent to my friend in Canada. As much as I dislike sewing, I submitted myself to a few hours of stabbing myself in the fingertips, squinting and huffing in order to get some beads sewn on. So pleased was I with the results, and because I still had some of that beautiful King Cole Riot left over, I decided to make a matching hat. I followed the stitch pattern from the wristwarmers, adapting a tea-bag style hat pattern. I just love the colour changes in this yarn, I love watching them fade into one another. The yarn itself has a kind of fluffy, mohair-esque feel  to it. It’s good to work with, even if it does have a tendency to split. Best of all, it’s relatively cheap.

The hat sewn up, the last of my yarn used, I once again forced myself to get some sewing done. Fortunately, the hat beads were sewn on whilst an episode of The Walking Dead was showing, so I was able to keep myself distracted from the gory bits. Wanting to add an extra touch of cuteness to the hat, I made some pom-poms. I had none of my King Cole yarn left over, so I just chose (hopefully) complementing colours from my stash. I’m really pleased with how this set turned out, especially considering that at one stage I was convinced that it was a cursed project!

The hat is super-cute and I think it will look adorable on my Canadian friend. The Sister is kindly modelling it for me in the picture, she looks adorable too. I’m kind of tempted to make one of these hats for myself… Any excuse to get more yarn, I guess! The colour used for this set was The Deep, but there are loads of other colours for King Cole Riot that I would like to try out. Because the set is going across the ocean to my friend, and because of the name of the yarn, I’ve taken to referring to the hat and wristwarmers as my Beyond The Sea set. 🙂

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