Yesterday saw us out and about on the first photo shoot for Classic Woolly Toppers.
I've not spoken much yet about this collection, and thought I'd share a couple of photos to give you a flavour of what it's all about. I'm super chuffed with these shots - we had an amazing photographic day and Alyx was such a star! The sense of achievement yesterday was overwhelming, and the feeling of all that creativity flowing has been sorely missed.
The 'Imagiro' Hat, knit with Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca DK.
Everyone seems to be loving this Hat! I won't reveal just yet how it's constructed, but I will say that it's a clever little Hat that can be worn in different ways. I think we had the most fun photographing this one and the surroundings couldn't have been more perfect.
A yet unnamed bucket style Hat, only finished in the 11th hour, knit with Malabrigo Arroyo. There's some interesting shaping going on at the crown too, adding to it's graphic look.
A yet unnamed asymmetrical cloche style Hat, knit with KnitPicks City Tweed DK. The brim on this one is of interest, and can be worn at different angles to enhance various looks.
Classic Woolly Toppers, like all the previous Woolly Toppers books in the series, is a collection of 10 designs based around a theme. Wee Woolly Toppers was all about baby Hats and Twisted Woolly Toppers bought us cables, bias and twist techniques. Classic Woolly Toppers is a fresh look at classic and favourite Hat styles. I've been having fun working through a whole bunch of Hat styles, and adding little details or unusual construction techniques where you might not usually find them. Infact, there may have to be a 2nd volume to this collection as I've had more ideas than there are spaces for Hats, and the ideas are still coming!
The Hats are all still at the writing, testing or editing phase, and we'll be looking at a late summer come early autumn release, just in time for the woolly Hat season. The patterns will be available individually, and when the book is ready for pre-order I'll be sure to let you know.
There's so much going on here, and it feels very exciting! I'm mindful to keep to a slower pace, so there's room for a wobble here and there to stop the stress piling up. But it is oh so good to be back in book mode and designing so many gorgeous Hats!
I'm so, so proud of these photos, too. Isn't it amazing how the creative juices pour after a dark period?