Because I have enjoyed Good Night, Day knits for years and years now, it made sense that I would start with Tara-Lynn’s patterns. Incidentally, have you seen her latest lookbook, shot by Arden Wray (of Boots & Pine)? They made magic together.
I got the Good Night, Day pattern book, a few instructional books from the library, looked up some video tutorials, spent a few hours in yarn stores, and eventually, with quite a lot of practice, it clicked. Some long-remembered hand-mechanics kicked in after that, it seemed.
The first piece I made was the Elora toque. I used a heavy yarn for it, Blue Sky bulky alpaca in fawn, and it made the hat rather large but I love it that way. I love this yarn.
I was so excited when I finished the brim that I wrote to Tara-Lynn and gushed about how I couldn’t believe that I had actually knit something that wasn’t just a scarf with irregular edges. She very sweetly offered to send me some of her DIY kits to try, which was even more exciting because she uses the loveliest yarn, which is carefully sourced.
After I finished the Elora toque I also made the cowl from the pattern book—I took a couple of winters off cowls but I like them again. I made this one with Cozy Wool from Michael’s but I’m going to re-do it in the Blue Sky alpaca for maximum coziness and with, I hope, fewer mistakes.
DIY knitting kits! The Elora toque in white merino and the Windsor turban in camel, in the softest silk, merino, and alpaca blend. I carted mine around for a few days and they got a bit crinkled.
I am the type of person who loves to wear hats and things on my head so I could not be happier about this new development in my life. Hats forever!