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Ida's Kitchen

I was a child of the 1970's. My friends' homes usually had wood paneling, shag carpeting & naugahyde recliners in shades called avocado, rust or harvest gold. My best friend's mom, Ida, embraced this aesthetic with enthusiasm. We sat on harvest gold upholstered kitchen chairs as we sipped our Tab and ate cold lasagna out of pyrex casserole dishes that we'd found in the avocado fridge. The linoleum floor coordinated with the wall paper which had a stripe in the same shade as the trim-line phone.

Inspired by Ida's color palette I went in search of the yarns for this hat. Luckily Blue Sky Alpacas offers a good range in their Melange and Sport Weight lines (both are the same weight and put up so they mix together nicely). I spent a few very happy hours at Angelfire Studios pulling skeins of each color off the shelf, discussing options with visitors to the shop.

Ida in Florence
I had so much fun making the first hat that I had to make a second. I think my love of color is well documented and I do have two daughters to keep happy after all. I'd love to show you the second, made with 7 lovely shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, but unfortunately the hat is sitting in lost luggage which is probably somewhere between New York and Rome. I meant to get a photo of it on our Christmas trip to Florence but was too distracted by that beautiful city to think about photo shoots. Luckily IJK wore the Blue Sky version often so it appears frequently in the photos from our trip.

Ida on the Street in Florence
I promise photos of the Berroco hat if our bags ever find their way home.

Ida in Tuscany
Ida's Kitchen

Sizes: One Size

Measurements: 20”circumference at brim,will fit up to 24” head, 10” deep

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange & Sport Weight; 100% Baby Alpaca; 110 yrds/100m per 50 g skein *since each color requires significantly less than one skein I have given yardage and weight rather than number of skeins for the colors below.

Color A: Melange #800 “Cornflower”, 44 yds - 20g, Color B: Melange #806 “Salsa”, 40 yds - 18g,   Color C: Melange #802 “Pesto”, 40 yds - 18g, Color D: Sport Weight #514 “Pale Aqua”, 35 yds - 16g, Color E: Sport Weight #536 “Citron”, 35 yds - 16g, Color F: Melange #813 “Pomegranate”, 22 yds - 10g, Color G: Melange #807 “Dijon”, 22 yds - 10g

Gauge: 21 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10cm on larger needles. in Chevron Pattern, blocked

Needles: 1 set of 5 US 6/4mm DPN’s 1 set of 5 US 8/5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge

Other Materials: 8 place markers, tapestry needle

Price: $6.00 US



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