Silk eye candy

Tell me – is there anything more scrumptious than lining an honest to goodness woolly hat with 100% silk? Definitely Candy for all the senses.

Considering I had to reknit the hat lining after chopping off the offending Papal bit (ahem), I figured I might as well upgrade from the cotton included for this purpose in the Bea Ellis kit. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a fine yarn for a lining, but getting gauge required knitting very, very tightly, and the resulting fabric was stiff and bulky. Just look at how it used to sit on my head, with a rather unattractive ridge where the cotton strip ended.

Silk, on the other hand, hardly adds any bulk, flows freely and conforms easily to the shape of the hat (and the head), and feels wonderful against my skin. An easy choice, if you ask me.

Fabulous silk, too – scraps (can’t even call these pithy lengths “remnants”) of Tilli Tomas Pure and Simple 100% silk, left over from knitting the Egyptian dress. Oh, how I love the way this yarn smells. Green tea… mmm….

I’m attaching the lining using simple chain stitch as I did once before. At least that’s what I think it’s called. Don’t quote me on that :).

20 thoughts on “Silk eye candy

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  1. kmkat

    I thought I recognized those colors.

    That will feel so-o-o slinky on your head. Not for you ze silk undies, non, for Ms. G eet eez ze silk lining caressing her forehead, oui?

  2. ThreadBndr (Karla)

    I’m getting ready to knit “We Call Them Pirates” for the Marine!Goth. I bought some Cashmerino DK to do the same sort of lining!! GMTA.

    Thanks for the idea on how to tack it down, though.

  3. Tam

    Looks like a slip stitch to me. What a great idea. I have one ball of silk that would be wonderful to line a hat I plan to make. I love wool hats and even though I usually don’t find good wools too itchy for sweaters, on my FOREHEAD… that’s different. It drives me nuts. I’m definitely trying your idea. I am a crocheter from way back and I always look for a reason to whip out my hook.

  4. Heide

    Ooh, that sounds like it will be soft and lovely to wear. And as a bonus, you could always turn it inside out for a fun stripedy hat for when you aren’t in a red & white mood.

  5. Deborah

    “generously gifted to me by Ashley” – Whatever happened to that good old verb “to give”? I miss its simplicity and, well, complete lack of trendiness: “generously given to me by Ashley”. Oh well. I’m a grammar fogey.

    Nice hat.

  6. pamela wynne

    Yes, the hat looks lovely and whimsical and comfy…

    But I’m still admiring your new camera — DAMN, those photos look good! That background blur! It’s like every day is eye candy Friday. :)

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