Another knit hat is off the needles. Simple pattern with reliable results. This hat is intended for a gentleman my husband met on his trip to Spain last year.
On his walk along the Way of St. James, he stopped for the night in León in northern Spain. There, he befriended the owner of the Taller de Grabado y Estampa. He spent a few hours talking with the owner and artisan, José Holguera, in his engraving and stamping studio. My husband came home with these beautiful limited edition lithographs of the Catedral de León and a pilgrim’s staff imprinted by Holguera on his lithographic press.
Over the holidays, an envelope stamped with Correos España arrived. It contained a beautiful lithograph of a modernist starry night.
As a token of appreciation, my husband wanted to send his friend a gift – so he asked me if I would hand knit a hat. The hat needed to be special, even in its simplicity. I went through my stash and selected the yarn I brought back from my trip to Colombia. It is 100% hand-spun wool in natural, undyed hues.
I used the darker brown. The photo of the finished hat was taken under different outdoor lighting conditions so the richness of the brown does not come through as in this photograph.
I was concerned it would be a bit scratchy but it is soft and warm. I doubled the yarn as I knitted to make it especially cushiony. It seems fitting somehow – 100% undyed, hand-spun wool from Bogotá, Colombia, hand-knit in Texas, for a friend in León, Spain.
12 thoughts on “To Spain or Bust”
I love the artwork, I think the starry night is perfect. (I love modern art)
Your choice of yarn and gift hat is such a beautiful idea. 🙂
I hope he likes it. My husband wanted it to be handmade.
I am sure he will. It is stunning. 🙂
What a perfect gift. Your hat’s lovely and I really like the artwork, too.
The lithographs are very nice. My husband had the opportunity to watch the process. After imprinting the image a number of times, the plates have to be discarded. Interesting process.
It’s always fascinating to see what goes into the creative process.
Pretty art and hat. I love both shades of brown, but the dark one is so rich looking.
Thank you. Yes, the dark one has nice deep tones.
Love the knitting together of the threads of the story.
Love your observation! Thanks so much.
What stunning lithographs. Your hat seems like the perfect thank you gift for such beautiful handiwork.
I wish I could have seen the process. We are planning to frame them and display them somewhere.