The Alberta-Tillamook Cabled Hat
I know I write a lot about sourcing local products... but here I go again anyway! I found a wonderful little mill located in Carstairs, Alberta, who spins and dyes local fibres into beautiful yarn, at a really great price! I bought 3 skeins of different kinds of yarn from them, and finally completed my first project made with their yarn! This one is the Prairie Wool Lopi Softspun, and it comes in 33 beautiful colours. This one is called Jade Heather, and is a stunning turquoise with flecks of pink and purple. It's 100% Dorset sheep wool, and it's not the slightest bit itchy and very warm (but will bother someone with sheep-wool sensitive skin). I encourage all of my friends to check out their website, customwoolenmills.com, and browse all of their lovely yarns. I'm very happy with how this hat knitted up (natural wool is the BEST for cabled knitting). The pattern is free on Ravelry, and is called the Tillamook Cabled Hat. I made it a bit slouchier than the pattern called for, so you can wear it with the ribbed brim folded up or left as is for a slouchier look.