Friday, September 21, 2012

Slouch Hat and a Giveaway

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Slouch hats, how I love them.  I have so many already, and it never seems like enough.  This is my first crocheted hat ever, and I am sold.  Look how slouchy it is!  The pattern is from Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby, a review copy of which arrived in my mailbox a couple weeks ago.  
The stash is still a slave to the Log Cabin Blanket (Part four is underway.  So close.) so I made a scrappy striped version of the slouch hat, which was tremendous fun and which turned out great.  It’s worked at a fairly loose gauge, so it isn’t going to keep the wind out, but it’s perfect for the weekend, when my hair is all over the place (which is every weekend) and when I want to wear my skinny jeans and pirate shirt and hang out in coffee shops.  
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My beautiful model has gone away back to Hogwarts, so I held auditions.  Her BFF, who would look awesome in this slouchy hat, and who would enjoy the pompom very, very much, is also away at Hogwarts and could not be reached.  I thought to model it myself, but could not do so without making duck lips at the camera like a teenager updating her Facebook profile picture.  The boy sarcastically volunteered, and I laughed until he put on the slouch hat and looked just like the Head Longshoreman of the Christmas Elves, which was totally perfect, but I wanted a goofy picture and he wouldn’t let me, so I had to resort to the alien head. 
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There are a whole bunch of things I want to make from this book.  The designs are simple, and they’re lush, too, cuddly, with big soft yarns and stitches.  I love this kind of design—plain, but gorgeously executed.   Lots of lovelies.  It’s a keeper. 
Rachael has sent me this, too: 
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It’s the Cuddle Cowl, modeled here by a willing friend and crocheted by Rachael herself, and she thought I might like to offer it to one of you guys.  
For a chance to win this beautiful, original, super-cozy piece of crochet, please leave a comment on this post.  I’ll choose a winner next Friday, 9/28.  Thanks, Rachael.

50 comments:

  1. What a fun hat! And I love that cowl ... I really need to learn to crochet ...

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  2. Oh Kristen, both items are stunning. I would lovelovelove to win the cowl. It is soooooooo me. Any chance to find out which yarn was used for this?

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  3. Absolutely love the hat! I'm been thinking about making a slouchy hat for myself and I think I just got the kick from you to make one. :) Thanks!

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  4. Oh how I would love that book. I just saw a review on it and found myself salivating. That cowl is mighty cozy and the perfect rich color. Great giveaway!

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  5. I love the hat too...have some self stripey yarn...hummmmm :) I have a teen daughter that LOVES puple too! Fiona x

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  6. Your slouchy hat looks great. The pompom add the perfect finishing touch. I think your model did a fantastic job and I bet it didn't answer back or make demands, he he. Have a lovely weekend.
    Ali x

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  7. Am absolutely in love with that hat! I love slouches also and have quite a collection (methinks a post called Count Your Slouches is in order!).... Also the cowl is scrummy and that colour....!!! Can't wait to see the book. x

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  8. WOW! I love that hat. My crocheting skills are getting better with practice so I may just have to give this a go. As for the cowl, wow super warm and cosy, x

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  9. I was just looking on Ravelry for a slouchy hat, and you have been busy making away at this one. Grey and red do it for me every time, and the pom pom is perfect. Going to check out that book, but please add me to the drawing for that great purple cowl. Two super makes on one post, love it!

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  10. I've avoided hats like the plague in the past but this year I really don't care what I look like so long as I'm warm so I'll be joining the hat brigade too :)

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  11. Lovely! Congratullations for your work!

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  12. Now that fall is here and I have my blanket out of the way I am moving on to hats....I think I will start with a slouch seeing as it is so cute and easy to wear.
    That cowl looks oh so cozy and begs to be worn while out for a stroll in the crisp air. Thank you for offering it as a prize, my fingers are crossed!
    -Dominique (D@JandD.ca)

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  13. I have been dying to make a slouchy hat! How adorable is that!!!! I love the pom pom on top too. And the cowl is cute, and looks so cozy. I have been working feverishly to prepare for a boutique soon. Last year, I sold cowls like crazy!
    Hugs,.
    Kris

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  14. Lovely giveaway and wonderful hat, I'm making one right now, just no pompom :)

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  15. This slouchy hat is really gorgeous!!! It has stripes and pom pom : could you ask for more??
    The cowl is beautiful, too!! It's the same purple that we use in the Firenze (you know it as Florence, instead!!) flag!!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  16. Hi there,
    I found my way over here from Crafty in the Med. I saw the little picture of the slouchy hat in the sidebar, and HAD to click on it! I LOVE it - the slouchiness, the colour combo, and especially the bobble on top!!! :-)
    Now I need to get my hands of that book! How tricky was the project? I'm a new crocheter.
    You have a great blog here - I'm so glad that I clicked on that photo!!!
    Until my next visit.....
    Carly
    x

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  17. That cowl is gorgeous - just my colour too! :)

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  18. Love your stripey slouchy hat AND the purple chunky cowl. Would love to have the purple one around my neck at the end of next month on vaca in Colorado. It looks so soft!

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  19. Love that cowl. I've been a reader ever since I saw you listed in Attic 24's sidebar. And I must get hold of that crochet book. That looks like a project I could do.

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  20. Oooohh wow love the hat and that cowl. The colour is fab. Count me in please. xx

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  21. Loving the hat and the cowl is gorgeous!
    Victoria xx

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  22. Skinny jeans and a pirate shirt, I too need the hat!

    Judi M.



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  23. Love the cowl... I have quite a few favourite items in this colour. The slouchy hat would look silly on me, but I like the red and grey x

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  24. This cozy scarf would warm the winner!I hope it is me!I absolutely love its colour!AriadnefromGreece!
    ariadnesky@hotmail.com

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  25. A beautiful cowl! And I love the slouch hat you made. The book looks like a good one!

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  26. I think you have convinced me! I might have to finally try to crochet a slouchy hat. You are a costant source of inspiration!

    Jennifer

    p.s the purple cowl is gorgeous!

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  27. I LOVE the slouchy hat and can see you at that cafe right now! I'm gonna have to pick up this book then. I've tried to make slouchies on my own, and they look sad or tumerous!! lol I too would love a chance at the cowl, for a dear friend actually, who worships purple. I'm not a fellow blogger.. don't know if that matters, but I love your blog, visit often, and love to leave you words in return for yours... gentle weekend, pirate.

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    1. Ever the optimist and in case I win, thought I'd throw out my email, lol, since I've no "blogland"! peanutrestoration@gmail.com

      Happy pickin, even happier weekend.

      P.S. you've so inspired me with your blog, I'm attending school, clad in my schoolgirl skirts, in Morocco! jk, couldn't resist ;)

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  28. I am having a hard time working out what I want to make first, your zinnia cushion or your fabulous slouchy hat!!! I love the hat so much - I think it may win out as it's still pretty darn chilly here even with the sun out. I'm off to go through my wool stash right now! Thanks again for being such an inspiration hon.

    Happy Saturday to you.
    Leah
    xx

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  29. Awesome hat! Nothing is better than a good slouchy hat!

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  30. Yeah for slouchy hats! I'm sold! Shari

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  31. Kristen,
    I so enjoy your blog and the things you make. My daughter would really like a hat just like that and she would flip over that cowl.
    Keep up the good work and thanks formthe glimpse into your world.
    Rebecca

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  32. LOVE THEM!I love the purple cowl and thwart is my favorite color. :)

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  33. I don't have a slouchy hat the closest I have is a tamoshanter which I LOVE. The purple cowl is wonderful

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  34. That's cool you reviewed the crochet book! Love your hat, I have pom poms on my list too, so cute. And the cowl is really cute, it would be perfect for trips to the city this winter (nyc). :)

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  35. I too have a a pattern for a slouchy hat I have wanted to make for a while but tween other projects ahead of this and the fact that every time I buy or make a hat for myself, I usually hate wearing it - I guess I have just not given it its proper due..... cowls however are a totally different story!!!
    LOVE the purple of this one.... Reminds me of my Mom!!! It was her fav color!

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  36. Dear Ms. Kristen, I have enjoyed reading your blog for a very long time. Your work and your words are so beautiful! In fact, it has inspired me to create my own crochet & life blog. If you are ever in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by mersydotes.blogspot.com to visit!

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  37. I am fairly certain that you would look fabulous in the slouchy hat, duck lips and all. All of this lovely craftiness is leaving me feeling a bit guilty for neglecting my crochet hook as of late, but I suppose that 2 month old twins are as good an excuse as any!

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  38. That cowl looks so yummy warm! And I totally love the color!

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  39. Hi Kirsten
    Please count me in for the chance to win this gorgeous cowl ... purple is another favourite colour of mine : -) Thank you for the give-away!

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  40. Lovely!! I love hats and cowls too. You can never have too many :)

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  41. Love the cowl design and the color. Your blog is so enjoyable!

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  42. What a lovely giveaway!! thanks very much and congrats for such an inspirational blog! Pati x

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  43. Pick me!!!!! I love that cowl. I'm working on cowls right now that will be Christmas gifts :o)

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  44. What a beautiful cowl - thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. I love the cowl. The colour would match my fleece. Also love the hat, you've inspired me to make one. Many thanks.

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