My Back Water Abbey Hat

Last April I had the opportunity to go to Yarn Fest in Colorado. In the midst of this trip were the plans I’d been making for my month long vacation to the UK and Ireland with my husband. Eager for travel,  I set aside my Irish itinerary and packed for Colorado.

I live in south Georgia, so it is no surprise that I was excited to see snow falling upon my arrival! I had not been able to play in the snow for years! This defiantly put me in the mood for fiber shopping.

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After perusing the vendor stalls and seeing may things that caught my eye, I was compelled to make my 1st purchase at Black Water Abbey Yarns. These yarns are made in Ireland at a small mill, and imported to Aurora Colorado. They also have a collection of patterns, written in America, but with a definite Irish flair. Perfect to compliment my upcoming trip.

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I chose the “Celtic Trio” pattern and some green yarn. The yarn itself is a bit on the scratchy side, but as I later learned on my trip, that is very typical of yarns produced in the UK and Ireland. However, I thought it would make a fine sturdy hat.

The pattern is well written. The cable is both written and charted. I prefer to work from a chart, but I found it to be easier to follow after I color coded the symbols.

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I love how it came out.

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My buttons are from Black Water Abbey too.

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add the tassel or not, but I’m glad I decided to. sliding a couple of complimentary beads on it really helped to finish it off.

Even the top has nice detail.

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I wasn’t able to get it done before the trip – but it’s done now and the weather is just beginning to turn. I can’t wait to wear it!

I also picked up the Hawthorn Vest pattern.  I’m planning to make that with some yarn I bought in Donegal, Ireland.

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As an added bit of interest – While on our travels, we stumbled upon Cushendale Woolen Mills in County Kilkenny. They offered us a private tour! I had no idea at the time that this was the very same mill that produced my yarn! Such fun, I even brought home some roving to spin. I guess that will need to be a new post soon (I’ve already spun it up). This was a highlight of my trip and now it means even more!

 

 

 

 

 

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