“And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down”

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As much as I love Stevie Nicks, I knew I had to knit the Landslide Hat & Mitts hat as soon as I saw the name. Oh, not to mention that the texture created by the mock cable is completely gorgeous.

I popped in Purl’s Yarn Emporium in downtown Asheville, NC a few weeks ago and spotted Marisol Miski 100% baby llama yarn in Snowdrop. It was so squishy, soft & warm; I snatched up 3 skeins.

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Unfortunately, I somehow missed that this yarn is worsted weight and the pattern calls for bulky. Total fail. I was halfway through the hat when I realized it, so I just kept going. It turned out much more lacy than the one in Shannon’s beautiful photos, but I still think it looks nice.

I’m mostly excited about this project because it was my first time blocking.
(I know, I know. I’m a terrible knitter. Don’t follow my example.)

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The first photo was taken outside and the second was taken inside, thus the color differences. I wanted to be more consistent, but the snow had other plans! I really couldn’t believe how much of a difference blocking made! The stitches are much smoother and more even after blocking.

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I don’t think I’ll ever go back to not blocking, at least for my personal projects. I don’t find that the super bulky yarn I use for the shop needs it, but it clearly made a big difference for this hat.

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I was thrilled to have a snow day with my hubby, who was kind enough to snap these photos for me. Please ignore the squinty eyes & crazy hair!
Overall I really like how this hat turned out and the baby llama yarn is super cozy.

I love this pattern, but I really should have used bulky yarn. I think I’ll knit the hat again with the suggested Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. And I can’t wait to make the mitts, too! I just have to pick a color…
so many decisions.

What did you knit this week? Show me using #52weeksofknits on Instagram! 

Also, I’d love to know what you think I should knit next! Let me know in the comments.

Warmest Wishes xoxo

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