Monday, October 01, 2007

The Coveted Cover!

















Thrilled! Speechless!

So here's the info you probably already have:

December Lights Tam
by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Finished Size 18" head circumference at brim; 10" diameter at widest point.
Yarn Rauma Finullgarn, 100% wool; 180 yd [165 m]/50 g): #445 rose, #456 magenta, #424 red, *#рекрем05 blue, #430 green, #455 lime, #498 olive, #454 chartreuse, 1 ball each. Yarn distributed by Nordic Fiber Arts.
Needles Ribbing—size 2 (2.75 mm): 16" circular (cir). Body—size 3 (3.25 mm): 16" cir and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; 10" diameter foam core disk or plate.
Gauge 26 sts and 28 rnds = 4" in color-work patt on larger needle.

It is really zippy and fun to make. My favorite kind of project, and the yarn is my new absolute favorite.
And don't worry about left over yarn, think of it as a bonus! Mittens...another hat (in opposite colors) or the useful and decorative wrister


Postscript:
I am sorry about the price of the yarn dear readers. I know all about scrimping and saving for yarn. I would buy one skein of shetland, (which was once $4.20) a every week or 2 and religiously scour the sale bins and thrift stores for my favorite yarns. I eventually worked in a yarn shop to be near the stuff and get a discount. I love fine shetland-like yarns, and when you design, they send them to you! I do try to limit the colors when I write patterns, but when I knit for myself I use even more colors.

Don't hesitate to change the colors with what you have on hand, choosing your own colors is really the most fun of all.

22 comments:

Megan said...

That's awesome, you should be thrilled.

Daphne said...

woohoo! I love seeing your beautiful colorwork featured in my favorite magazines. :)

magnusmog said...

Hoowee! That's amazing - I'm going to have to be really organised and get a copy from the US. Well done you!

Jennifer Lang said...

congratulations - it's gorgeous!

Petula Darling said...

It's adorable! Congratulations on the cover.

Mary Jane said...

Thanks so much everyone! I've got a copy reserved for me at Unique One, so I can see it tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

It's a great design. Congrats on being on the cover! I have been on a hat kit and may just have to make this. There is nothing like a colorful hat to get me through the end of winter.

Miss Frugality said...

Oh it's lovely!Such beautiful colours. Congratulations!!!

sophia said...

congratulations mumsey!
and happy early Canadian thanksgiving to you! (its on monday)
xoxo

Kristin said...

Congrats MJ! I picked up my copy this morning at Unique One, looks awesome! Yay for you!

kat coyle said...

I love love love this hat!

Anna said...

holy cow, craftzine is nothing compared to this! congrats - and i totally love that hat. maybe i should start knitting....

Kathy said...

MaryJane, my heart just literally skipped a few beats seeing this for the first time. Wow, is that awesome!!! I can hardly wait to get started!

Eliza said...

Congratulations! I bought the issue but haven't looked to closely at it and hadn't realized the tam was yours!! That is fantastic! (when will we see you on Ravelry?)

Beata said...

How fabulous is that! Congrats! I just bought the magazine and am drooling over the cover -- it's stunning! Is it really zippy as that?! Hmmmm...tempting.....

Beata (from rosehip.typepad.com)

jungle dream pagoda said...

Oh wow!!! congratulations!!!

Prunila said...

Hola! Thanks for visiting my blog :-) Do you speak Spanish? really?
I love your (specially the pink) tams, I'm an absolut fan of your blog and pictures. I have to try to understand how to order this magazine living in Europe. Yes!

picperfic said...

woohoo...now that must be a good feeling! I only ordered my copy yesterday, I can't seem to get it onver here in the UK

santos. said...

congratulations! it really is gorgeous. i think my knitting ability only covers eyeballs, m'fraid, so i'll just have to admire it on the cover.

Anonymous said...

Doh! This is yours?!? It's the reason I bought the mag! It's just so striking. Congratulations!

Kerstin (knitswreck)

Debbie said...

Oh, my! I just realized that this is you! Congratulations! The hat is adorable. I love it.

misa said...

I love love love your hat and bought Interweave Knits just because of it. I would like to alter the colors just a bit to make it a bit darker and am looking at the Finullgarn color card. What do you think makes the colors in your hat work? Is it because everything is more or less the same value but contrasting colors? I was thinking of replacing the pink reds with 488, 497, and 444. I was thinking of using oranges , 4205, 461, 4305, 450 to replace the greens but am worried that is too much of a value change. Maybe I should go with dark turquoises instead?, like 484, 421, 483, 4605?I would love any help you might give me. Congratulations on your lovely project.