Kākā Hap

This blog post has been a long time in the making! It started when Kat visited from America and broke my cold-sheeping resolution. I progressed through my hap fairly quickly (helped by by a few sick days) and I’ve already posted about the challenges I encountered here. Kat, however, had to contend with moving cities and sticky hot weather back in America and, understandably, took a while to finish hers. Check out Kat’s beautiful version here – I love her kingfisher colourway!

I also took forever to photograph mine. Fortuntely my family were in town last weekend and my sister took photos for me on a trip to Zealandia – where there were plenty of kākā, the birds that inspired my colourway!

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Me and a kākā, the bird who’s colours I used for my Nut Hap © Emma Hill

Having a lag between finishing a project and blogging about it does have a certain advantage. I know what it’s like to wear now and this is not a hap that one wears lightly – and I mean that in both senses of the word.

There’s 700g of yarn in this scarf. I made the hap longer to ensure I got the same look as the original, but even if I hadn’t, it would still be a lot of yarn. That’s a fair amount of weight to be carrying around.

It’s also a weighty visual statement. I’ve had a couple of people comment that it reminds them of religious or academic robes. It doesn’t really go with a lot in my wardrobe and it’s enough of a statement that it needs a fairly simple outfit.

That said, it’s an incredibly comforting scarf to wear. The length means it can be wrapped around three times, keeping out even gale force winds (ask me know I know that one!) And I constantly finding myself tucking my fingertips into the open ends of the tucks, an oddly soothing act.

Anyway, enough jibberjabber, here’s the photos!

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The full length in all its clerical glory © Emma Hill

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© Emma Hill

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© Emma Hill

#mostworn

During #slowfashionoctober, someone (and I can’t for the life of me remember who) commented that there was no greater compliment for a handknit gift than for it to pill. The pilling was a sign of how much the gift had been worn. I immediately thought ‘well, not if you buy the right yarn’ and then remembered my two favourite cardigans are pilling like there’s no tomorrow and I’m still wearing them.

It got me thinking – the vast majority of knits we see on Instagram and Ravelry are new creations, fresh off the needles. What do those lovely knits look like after they’ve been worn for a while? Did the garter stitch section droop? Did that merino yarn pill? Did that dye fade? More so, I thought it was about time we cherished clothes that are looking a little worn in. With all this in mind, I’m introducing: the #mostworn blogalong. Continue reading

Yarnalong: The Big Smoke & Dave

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Knitting: Dave socks by Rachel Coopey in Patons Patonyle

Yip, Dave socks again. It’s a good pattern. I’ve accidentally altered them – I did a 1×1 twisted rib instead of 2×2 because I thought I knew the pattern better than I did. No biggie.

Also, how bright is that yellow?

Reading: The Big Smoke New Zealand Cities, 1840–1920 by Ben Schrader

This is both school and pleasure – Ben is a great writer and easy to read. It’s also about bloody time we had an urban history in New Zealand, so it’s all good news.

See what everyone else is knitting and reading over on the original Yarnalong.

Baable Hat #istandwithdonna

Okay, I’m not going to lie: it’s kind of fun when there’s a scandal in the knitting world. Because we hardly ever have them. Most of the time, it’s love and rainbows and happiness. So when something scandalous does happen, it’s delicious. Hunting down the original post, getting caught up in the outrage, feeling part of a community. It’s new, it’s different, it’s exhilarating.

Until you remember there’s real people being affected. Continue reading