Here’s me heid in me Sheep Heid!
Horned rams appear atop the crown . . .
. . . while the brim features thirteen rather stolid-looking moorit sheep.
From start to finish, this hat was a complete joy both to design and make. Supreme jumper weight has to be the ultimate yarn for stranded knitting – one feels that the yarn just wants to be worked in this way!
These photos were taken up by Duddingston Loch, where you will find the aptly titled Sheep Heid Inn – which claims to be the oldest pub in Scotland. We tried several times to get the words “Sheep Heid” in shot with my heid in its sheep heid . . .
. . . this is the best we could do.
. . and, in the end, I much prefer the photos taken while we were out walking round the loch. . .
After yesterday’s post, I feel compelled to point out that, not only have I got a super-sheepy hat on my heid, but I am also dressed in an almost-entirely woollen outfit. I am wearing wool coat, wool waistcoat, wool mid-layer, wool shorts, wool tights, and . . . wool underwear. That’s right, folks – – 100% woolly knickers! Don’t worry, I’m not going to reveal my pantz, but I will show you one of the two non-woolly items in my outfit . . .
. . . the other being my boots.
To make yourself your own sheep heid, you’ll need 25 yards or less of each colour. I find the Shetland dialect names for these sheepy-shades almost as pleasing as the shades themselves, and while knitting, I was constantly swithering over which was my current favourite. . . gaulmogot . . .mooskit . . shaela . . . sholmit. . . yuglet. . .
I am very excited about heading North now. Oh, and as I have recently bought myself an iPad (joy!) and the internet access on Shetland is so bloody good, I thought I might try to tweet my way through Shetland wool week. For those of you on twitter, you can find me as @wazzag, and my feed will also appear over on the right hand side of the front page here.