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Caribbean Adventure and New Pattern

Don't you wish that this post had a link to a contest for a Caribbean adventure? We just returned from our own adventure to Jamaica to see my little brother get married to the Gal of his dreams. A lovely week of visiting with family and swimming was topped off by the perfect wedding of two of my favorite people.  It was such a kick to see my little buddy who was the most delightfully clever, quirky, funny kid grow into the sensitive, intelligent, caring man that he is and meet his perfect match. Welcome to the family new Auntie, driven, smart, funny, tenacious, and loving, we love you and had a great time at your celebration!

Ain't he a handsome guy?

Tell you what, being crazy humid hot for a week does not in anyway make you want to knit, at all. The swim up pool bar probably was at fault too, as was the cranky sick baby we flew with that had to be held every moment of airport/airplane time. So needless to say not a heck of a lot of knitting got done on holiday (and what did get done is secret knitting.. shhh). But there is nothing like arriving home to a temperature drop of 40 degrees to make a knitter think warm wooly thoughts.

I have a new pattern that was originally part of the Downton Abbey Kit of the Month Club via Woolgirl. It was featured last September in a lovely kit all based on Mrs Patmore the ever feisty, yet loving cook. I think actually that Mrs. Patmore is my favorite character on the show, sort of rough around the edges, perfectionist, snarky, but fiercely loyal, warm and loving to her friends. This hat was my interpretation of a warm sunny spring outing with Mrs Patmore, Jen at Woolgirl chose this amazing yellow which is titled Sweet Cream to Country Mustard. And I could imagine Mrs Patmore wearing it while having a walk in the park on a warm spring day, perhaps on her way back from an outing to the market. It has just enough flash to be pretty and almost cute but still practical and distinguished.

The Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up with a garter stitch brim, 2 bands of diagonal smocking on the main body and a simple welted bow. You can get creative with different types of buttons or even feature a fancy brooch on the hat if you like. You can check out the pattern page on Ravelry here, and I will get the DH to put up a page on the website as soon as he recovers from his Turkey hangover.

Thanks to Sarah for modeling this project, looking lovely as she prepares to welcome her fourth adorable baby into the world!


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