Good morning! This week I have news other than logistical matters from Yokes dispatch central (though I’ll return to these things in a moment). For example, we had our first snowfall . . .

whw

I do find that snow affords me a welcome shift in perspective on the winter months. The world of relentless grey becomes pleasingly crisp and white, and there is nothing like a good walk in the snow on a still, bright December day. Bruce is also very fond of snow

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. . so we have both enjoyed some decent walks this week. I’m also pleased to say that I finally found the time (and wherewithal) to do some knitting. I confess my knitting mojo has been somewhat lacking of late. This is always a slightly troubling state of affairs, but in this case I’ve just put it down to being very busy and rather tired – a little too tired for getting excited about new projects or thinking about charts and stitch counts. But this week I took a wee break, and over a couple of afternoons I charted and knitted up another lopi yoke (so speedy! so warm! I’ll show you soon!) Then yesterday I whipped up a hat that’s been brewing in the back of my mind for some time.

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This hat is based on my Epistrophy yoke, and the first person to correctly guess the name I’ve given to it will win a special prize! (I’m serious! Leave a comment! Give it a try!).

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Like the yoke, the hat is knitted in Toft Ulysses DK, and, as pleased as I am with the crown design, I suspect one of these fluffy alpaca pompoms will be being popped on top once its finished drying on the hat block.

pom

As these hastily snapped images of my workstation might suggest, it has been another busy week here at the logistics coalface, and I’ve spent the majority of my time processing and packing and shipping orders. In all respects, I’ve found the response to Yokes pretty overwhelming. It has made me really happy to hear of the book appearing in different locations around the world, and especially to read everyone’s kind reactions, which makes all the hard work this year worthwhile. Thankyou, everyone!

But soon I am going to take a proper break, so if you would like me to post you a copy of Yokes, please place your order in the shop before December 19th. Orders placed after this date will be shipped on January 6th.

The rest of today involves eating a pheasant and decorating a tree. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend too.

Don’t forget! Leave a comment and guess the name of my hat!

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303 thoughts on “Guess the name of my hat

  1. Hello Kate

    Excellent book – I’m particularly enjoying the essays.

    So many wonderful names have been put forward, but I think perhaps, in keeping with the Greek, the hat might be called Genesis. No matter its name, this has been fun!

    Good wishes.
    Cathy

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  2. Being Greek, as Epistrophy is return, I would call the hat Peristrophy, which, besides being the name of a genus of flowering plants – peristrophe, means rotation and this is a rotated copy of this yoke.

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  3. It is Perfection and is the Yokes design that made me want your book the most! So there better be a pattern released for it, because I am gonna need to have the hat to match my sweater and the scarf I’m going to make in that design as well. BTW your book arrived safely in New Hampshire and is being savored during stolen quiet moments amid the holiday chaos. Happy days to you and yours!

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  4. First thing that popped into my head: “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” but that doesn’t have quite enough Scottish lilt to it. How about Wee Diamonds?

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  5. I *LOVE* “Epistropheid”, and “Fly Right” is also right clever. I can’t believe nobody’s guessed “Straight No Chaser,” but I think my Official Guess will be “Criss Cross.”…

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  6. My first thought was also “Apostrophy” but as so many others think the same I will guess at “Igloo”!
    It is beautiful, and that pompom…..oh my cats would love one each!!!

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  7. Snowdrops. :) By any name, it’s gorgeous!!!

    Any news of van; just thinking about some of your lovely past holidays Have fun . robin

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  8. I think it’s already been guessed at epistropheid, so no wins for me, but I hope it is, as that would be a great name.

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  9. Oh, forgot to mention above, there is an archaic definition of “Epitome” that might appeal to the scholar in you! An epitome can be a miniaturized representation of something else –in this case the patterned yoke of Epistrophy–which captures its essence.

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  10. Well here goes nothing…..it reminds me of an artichoke pattern, diamonds or pineapple! Just an immediate response to an organic shape! Beautiful hat!

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  11. I suspect that it’s Epistropheid so others up thread got there before me. But you should really complete the set and do a pattern for some socks and call them Epistrofeet!

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  12. I am commenting late, and haven’t read through the other responses, so this may be a repeat.

    I guess epitome. (It is worn at the very top of you, after all! And the sweater and hat outfit surely will be the height of fashion, not to mention mathematics.)

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  13. Trophy….Yokes is still in the package to be wrapped and put under the tree. I’m trying to make it a surprise for myself and therefore haven’t opened it to soak it all in. It’s killing me. January will find one of your patterns on my needles, can’t wait!

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  14. That is one beautifukl hat…so many entries already with so many great and creative and clever names, that’s great. Well, I will go for something different…focussed on the most fluffiest pompom I have ever seen and with Bruce and other animals in mind, I go for: Bunny-on-Top;0) I keep on enjoying your blog and being inspired by your art in knitting, Cheers from Ohio USA, Johanna

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  15. I’m going for ‘Fly Right’ – but there have been so many other great suggestions!!! The ‘Yokes’ book is every bit as wonderful as ‘Colours of Shetland’, thanks Kate.

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  16. The hard copy of Yokes arrived yesterday and I am getting such pleasure from it.
    I pre-ordered the Buchanan yarn and will start it over Christmas holidays.
    Thank you, Kate, you are a Gem!

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  17. I’m going to keep it simple and go for Snaw Heid.

    Loving the book, by the way, and will be casting on Asta Sollilja on Christmas Eve. Can’t wait!

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  18. How about syncopation? Love Bruce (as always) and the little spit string across his nose. He must have had a great time in the snow!

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  19. Well, after much trouble trying to log in to WordPress, I finally hopefully enter my name…Epistrosphere….because Sphere was the great man’s middle name. The hat and the pompom are round and would, ostensibly fit on a round head. Great hat, matching a great yoke from a fabulous book.

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  20. ok…I’m going with Epistrosphere….Sphere is the great man’s middle name and there is a spherical pompom on a spherical hat which goes on perhaps a spherical head. Great hat to match great yoke in a fabulous book. Thanks for producing a fabulous blog.

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  21. Sorry if this double posts, but I don’t see my comment.

    Antistrophe?

    Monk and Greek, I love. Your hat and the pom pom, I love. Your designs and the blog, I love.

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  22. I received Yokes a couple of days ago in California! Saving it for a gift and have ordered another, as u may know already.

    Love the hat, especially the pom-pom. Where does one get that, or is it made by you? My guess is Monk’s Hat. Have a Happy Christmas!

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  23. Antistrophe?

    What fun to read all the guesses and comments. I love Monk and I love Greek, I love your designs, and I love your blog! I love the pom pom too!

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  24. Thelonius.

    I am crazy wild about the Yokes book! You outdid yourself(again)! Between Yokes and Knitsonik, I am in knitting heaven. Thank you. Happy Holidays to you, Tom, and Bruce.

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  25. Wow the landscape on your walk took my breath away!! Cant think of what youd name your hat I havent looked at your book yet but I want to !

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  26. My guess is : Archetype,

    I received my Yokes Kate and it is very informative , not to leave out the beauty of each pattern, I ‘ve ordered the yarn for Bluebells and Fintry!!

    Cheers
    Laura

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  27. Paperweight. Though I am sure you have had a much more creative idea than mine……. and I have just looked through the comments and love the suggestion of ‘epistropheid’.

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  28. I am going to say “Fly Right” because it is coming out a bit after “Epistrophy” and it has the same composition.

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  29. I am guessing Epitop.

    Ah, and I will echo all who have gone before me in saying that Yokes is a wonderful book…thank you so, so much! I am totally enjoying the bits of time I can find to sink into it and escape the flurry that accompanies the holidays.

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  30. My last comment doesn’t seem to have posted. If it does, apologies. Love the design. Surely the hat must be called Episheid!

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  31. Winter Walk. The greyness of winter with snowflakes giving a contrast.

    Oh, Kate! My copy of YOKES arrived here in southern Pennsylvania, and what a delicious treat on a cold Winter’s night: to climb into a warm bed with a cup of steaming tea and your words !

    Please REST, dear Kate! The Winter Solstice is about doing nothing for a time; sit before your fireside, look out the window, daydream, and nap. Please stay warm and well! We want many more descriptions of your walks with the fabulous Bruce!

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  32. ‘FLY RIGHT’, the title given to the first recording of ‘Epistrophy’
    or,
    ‘FIRST SNOWFALL’, I’m thinking your walk in the snow gave you the inspiration to make this hat!

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  33. My guess for the hat name is Rhythm. I love the design, and your Yokes book is wonderful. Can’t wait to see the new Lopi you are working on. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas!

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  34. It looks like my first try didn’t post so if it does eventually get across the “pond” please forgive this second try. My guess is, Winter bliss! Why, in retreading the post on the sweater I started thinking of all of your accomplishments (I love, love, my book) and the feeling you must have right now. Lynn

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  35. Winter bliss! Why, in rereading the blog on the sweater and in thinking of your magnificent accomplishment, ( I love, love my book) I went with the feeling you must have right now. Silly right? Enjoy your weekend! Lynn

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  36. Love your hat and your photos (hello Bruce!). Lovely! My guess for the hat’s name is “bebop topper”. Just ordered the book and can’t wait to receive it. Merry Christmas from Maryland.

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  37. How about Epistrojenny? Since Tea Jenny was somebody who loved tea, then Epistrojenny is someone who loves this pattern. Happy Christmas to you, Tom & Bruce, and a White Christmas, too.

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  38. How about Around the World . Music and your book have been swirling to our homes lately.
    My kids suggest …da beat !

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  39. Well Thelonious is already taken, so how about Misterioso? Or Reflections? Either one would be pretty cool names for a hat.

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      1. I ordered Colours of Shetland when we were living in Sydney. We are in Doha, Qatar for 3 years so it gave us the opportunity to visit Shetland in July! (Much easier to travel to Europe from the Middle East than from Australia) I’d never have got to Shetland or Edinburgh without your blog and book!

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      2. I wonder what son you hummed for Qatar?
        My guess for the lovely hat (which I like without the pom pom) would be Riffheid.

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  40. I’m not sure my comment appears, so I’ll try again.

    It is such a lovely lovely hat, and my guess is Tracks in the Snow.

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  41. What a lovely hat. I really have no idea what you named it, but I’ll toss my hat in the ring. How about “BeBopper”?

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  42. Hello Kate,
    Received your book in the Netherlands and enjoyed it very much.
    My guess is Thelonius or Monk (or both).

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  43. I was going to guess Thelonious, but I really love others’ ideas here, especially Monkshood and Monksheid. My favorite Monk tune is Crepuscule with Nelly, and I’ve always thought Crepuscule would be a great name for a project!

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  44. My guess is Epistrophy Heid…quite similar to many other guesses though in my quick skim through I didn’t see this exact one. Epistrophy is my favorite yoke of the whole collection, lovely to see a hat like it! (btw, I apologize if this ends up coming through twice, I think the first time it didn’t work)

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  45. My guess is Epistrophy Heid…quite similar to many other previous guesses though in my quick skim through I didn’t see this exact version. btw, that is my favourite yoke from the whole collection, thrilled to see a lovely hat in the same vein.

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  46. Be Bop Top.

    Received Yokes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Well done, you. Christmas knitting intervenes but soon my needles (and what’s on them) will be for me.
    Thank you for your efforts which enrich and enliven us so much.

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  47. Love every design!! Was literally standing by the mailbox waiting for your gorgeous book to arrive. My guess is Epistropheanie. I don’t know if the hat is actually a beanie, but it sounds cute. Enjoy your break!

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  48. Katie, it is just beautiful! As all of your patterns are! I am guessing you named it Grey Skies! Here in Pennsylvania, the only thing that gets me through all the heavy grey skies our my sweet pup, “Bear” and a Kate Davies project! I just finished Blaithin and couldn’t have had more fun! Thank you for your constant inspiration to keep my mojo constant! XOXO Leslie

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  49. A very happy and timely spin off from the Epistrophy yoke design. I am guessing Felicitophy.
    Snow is the best playground for my dog Phoebe. Sadly it comes and goes too soon here
    in Toronto, Ontario

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  50. Beautiful hat! I am going to permit myself 3 guesses which I guess might not be allowed under the competition rules!! My guesses are 1) Thelonius 2) Bruce in the snow 3) snowfall

    Rachel x

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  51. Lovely hat – surprised myself by preferring it without the pompon which obscures that marvellous centre star. Love the book, can’t wait to get my needles free to start on the designs. I was working along the lines of Thelonius Monk or Bebop or what about Betopper!

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  52. Anaphora? Thelonius? (… by any other name – a really really georgeous hat.)
    The book is so pretty! And a great read too – my copy lives right next to EZ´s books, where it belongs.
    Enjoy your days off, well deserved indeed!
    Regards from Hamburg

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  53. Since Monk has already been guessed a few times in various forms, I’ll take a chance on Thelonius :)
    Great hat, as are all your hats.

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  54. I really think Pomona nailed it – apostropy. But just to play along, I’ll guess Tesseract – from tesselation, with a nod to Madeleine L’Engle and A Wrinkle in Time. I am looking forward to this hat pattern. It would be great practice for knitting the Epistrophy yoke sweater, which I am lusting after …. I am loving reading your history chapters in Yokes, Kate! I limit myself to one a night.

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  55. Well, the first thing that popped into my mind was “Monk”. It inspired the sweater and seem the perfect spin off for something that keeps are creative juices flowing. What ever the name..it’s a perfect pair.

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  56. Kate, I do not have a clue! I am similarity mindlessly involved but in making up very large family goodie bags to give out toda. However, I do but want to say that I have rec’d my copy of Yokes and cannot wait to thoroughly read it over the holidays. Gorgeously done. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love the top photo of Bruce and the countryside behind him!

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  57. In Greek epistrophe means return, and I am delighted that you have returned to this pattern with such a lovely hat. I look forward to finding out what you named it.

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  58. I was going to go with Epistropheid as well, but MrsPotIron beat me to the punch! Glad your knitting mojo is recovering from the hard work of Yokes. Enjoy the pheasant!

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  59. I think another has it right but I’ll try Monk.

    Am waiting for the international post with bated breath for my Yokes!

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  60. I am wondering if it is ‘Apostrophe’ (or to be consistent, ‘Apostrophy’!), as the centre of the motif looks a bit like an apostrophe! Which shows my turn of mind, because of course you could be wandering in the much more elevated realms of literary rhetoric with epiphora, anaphora, strophe and antistrophe …

    I think I will stick with my preposterous Apostrophe – as I love the idea of a hat covered in them!

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  61. That’s an excellent hat. I wouldn’t be able to resist putting the pompom on. I am weak in the face of the pompom.

    Is the hat called Monkshood?

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  62. Thelonious Monk? or just Thelonious?
    maybe that’s a little too obvious, but it will look lovely with the Epistrophy cardigan.

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