Last week I posted a picture of special yarn that had arrived at the Treehouse just a couple of days before. My hands were itching to knit with this gorgeous yarn. I started this hat and two days later I, during the opening of the Olympic Games, I was binding off this special project.
Pattern: Tea Jenny
Desinger: Kate Davies
Foula's remote and rugged landscape contribute to the character and quality of the wool. Throughout the years foula's sheep have stayed the same and were not subject to cross-breeding. So Foula's sheep are still much like the first Shetland sheep on the island. Foula wool is one of the last yarn producers that completely shears all the wool by hand. You can see the process in this video that Foula wool put on youtube, and wovember wrote an article about it.
If you want to know more about Foula yarn, Kate Davies wrote an excellent article about it and you can of course visit the Foula wool website and see what they have to say.
Now, about the project itself. This hat combines some of my favourites; my favourite designer, favourite yarn, favourite colours (I'm going trough a major sheep/natural colour phase) and my favourite drink of all time: tea. Ever since its first appearance on Kate's blog I knew it was inevitable that one day I would make this pattern. I made this into a more fitted beanie, not because I didn't like Kate's slouchy version, but because I recently made quite a few slouchy hats and thought it was time for something more fitted. I achieved this by going down a few needle sizes.
Anyway, this was a fun project to work on, and it just flew of my needles.I loved the natural, rugged foula wool. I love and support these small, independent companies who do things their own way in their own time. Now I will now continue my epic quest to find, and try out wool from every small and remote place I can find. My next obsession is the Faroe Islands...and yes they do make yarn!