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Koolhaas

Happy New Year! Let's put 2007 to bed (thank goodness) and ring in 2008 with a finished object!

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Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2007 [ravelry]
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Azul Profundo, 1 skein
Needles: US 8 16" circulars + DPNs
Recipient: Chris
Started: December 28, 2007
Completed: December 30, 2007

Notes: Bravo, Jared! It has been a pleasure watching Jared evolve as a designer. As a fellow hat fan, I am pleased that he has given the world this interesting little pattern. Normally I find traveling stitches a total PITA. They went quickly here, and I must admit my only real experience with them was with the Fishtrap Swatchcap, in which almost every stitch traveled.

koolhaas stitch pattern

One of the strengths of this pattern, like many a good hat pattern, is that it can let the right yarn shine. Malabrigo was perfect for this project, especially as Chris is a super sensitive hat wearer and will only wear them under PRECISE conditions, e.g., must be soft, must cover ears, must not entirely extinguish machismo. Anyway as you may know, Malabrigo is buttery and beautiful, and an affordable luxury for any one-skein project.

But you really fall for Malabrigo over the colors. And this deep teal is swoonworthy. You can see it best here:

koolhaas 2
While I call that look "scowling," Chris suggested that it might be "smouldering." So I'll throw in this as a counterweight:

koolhaas: smiling v. scowling

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We capped ours with an upstate escape, and awoke both mornings to this snowy perfection:

what we woke up to - buttermilk falls inn, upstate ny.

At the very least, it's a fabulous setting for photographing knits, right?

This was our second stay at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. It is a splurge, but this year they opened a new spa with a mineral pool, sauna, and one of those showers that sprays you from all sides, like a car wash. The crowd is on the younger side, different from most B & Bs. Running into certain other NYCers is probably the only drawback. A New Yorker on vacation can be even more stressful than a non-vacationing New Yorker. Never was there a group of people so tense about relaxing! In any case, we visited the modern art collection at Dia:Beacon (which is in an amazing space where you can't photograph ANYTHING, not even the building :-( ), strolled in Rhinebeck, made a snow angel, savored a fabulous meal on New Year's Eve, and generally had a wonderful time upstate, waving our weary goodbyes to 2007.

And I am thrilled about the arrival of 2008. I can tell already, it is going to be a good one. Dear Reader, here is wishing you all the health, bliss, and friendship you can cram into your life this year!

Posted by jess at January 1, 2008 5:02 PM | TrackBack
Comments

You're a better person than I am. I knitted a koolhaas with Cascade Venezia. It was intended as a gift, but I couldn't pry it off my head for three days and decided to keep it. Love the pattern and love the yarn as much as Malabrigo. Hope you have a fabulous year.

Posted by: Andi at January 1, 2008 8:29 PM

That is such a beautiful color for a hat! Lovely lovely work. Happy 2008!

Posted by: Lauren at January 1, 2008 8:30 PM

love the hat! i think nothing pairs better than malabrigo and koolhaas. happy new year!!

Posted by: margaux at January 1, 2008 8:44 PM

ohh what a yummy koolhaas!! And it is hilarious about the car wash shower. Wash it a Touchless carwash or the one that beats you with heavy pieces of fabric as you go by :O)

Posted by: Nubiancraftster at January 1, 2008 9:09 PM

Koolhaas is such a gorgeous pattern, and you've picked a stunning color to show it off. Nice work! Also, I love how your model defined his look as 'smouldering' - watch out Zoolander!

Posted by: Jennifer at January 1, 2008 9:18 PM

I have the yarn just waiting for me to cast on. The hat looks gorgeous in that color. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Kathy at January 1, 2008 9:57 PM

Gorgeous all around.
The B&B seems to be $$$... but they have SHEEP! and LLAMAS!!! I wonder if they'd do a discount for the Knitter's Review Fall Retreat (if they are big enough.)
We don't need hats in Texas... but these might make happy Valentine gifts for my North East Offspring.

Posted by: PainterWoman at January 1, 2008 11:19 PM

I can't decide what I love more, the color of the hat or the name of the color =)

It looks great and Chris is looking very mountain man in it with the beard and snowy hills around him, lol.

Happy New Year, enjoy 2008!

Posted by: Wanett at January 2, 2008 8:28 AM

fabulous pictures, gorgeous FO! i love that koolhaus pattern to bits but i know i can't pull of that hat cuz of my bulbous head. maybe i'll knit one for my gentleman companion as well. . .hmmmm. . .

Posted by: Sandra at January 2, 2008 8:53 AM

what a beautifully written post! glad you had such a great new year's. and that HAT -- it just looks fun to knit and wear.

Posted by: carrie m at January 2, 2008 9:18 AM

wow, you finished that up super quick! i'm still trying to get through the 4th repeat :) i don't know what happened to my brain. i'd like it back in working order :) happy new year!

Posted by: gleek at January 2, 2008 10:15 AM

That hat is beautiful - and in such a wonderful colour.

Posted by: Jo at January 2, 2008 11:28 AM

Yowzaa that was a fast one, weren't you just starting on that bad boy? Looks great on Chris, and I agree he's scowling ;)

Posted by: Craptina at January 2, 2008 1:29 PM

ok. because of his smoldering-ness...i for sure have to make a koolhas now. thanks. for robbing me of time i could be doing something else. (yeah, right)

Posted by: john at January 2, 2008 2:58 PM

Awww, you are adorable! I love your model. ;)

Posted by: Design for Mankind at January 2, 2008 3:07 PM

What a wonderful hat for a wonderful guy.

Posted by: Mia at January 2, 2008 3:12 PM

Ooooh I have a skein of Malabrigo in the same colorway destined for a Koolhaas. Yours is lovely and definitely makes me very excited to make it.

Posted by: Jen at January 2, 2008 4:01 PM

Gorgeous hat! I'm excited about the new year, too. Happy 2008!

Posted by: Nonnahs at January 2, 2008 5:29 PM

That is an awesome shade of malabrigo! Happy New Year!

Posted by: yaiAnn at January 2, 2008 6:42 PM

Isn't this hat nice. It manages to be manly with out being boring. Chris is a cutie. He should smile more, it transforms him.

Posted by: Lisa C. at January 2, 2008 7:05 PM

Gorgeous! I love the colourway and looks great against the snow. I just might have to track down a skein of the lovely yarn and try my first cable project! Happy 2008!

Posted by: Lara at January 3, 2008 4:07 AM

Fabulous Koolhaas - the colour is gorgeous, and looks really great on Chris.

Yeah - he looks angry in that pic - but the smiling one! What a transformation. :-)

Sounds like a fantastic vacation. Love the sounds of the luxury shower. And a picturesque location.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at January 3, 2008 4:17 AM

ohh, what a perfect, perfect color for the Koolhaas. happy new year!

Posted by: pamela wynne at January 3, 2008 4:17 AM

Lovely hat and great photos - oh and model of course!

Wishing you a very happy 2008

Posted by: Sarah at January 3, 2008 7:57 AM

mmm, mmm, mmm, koolhaas in malabrigo, what could be better? You certainly have me sold! Love that colour too. Happy New year to you, glad you had a great time away.

Posted by: schrodinger at January 3, 2008 1:43 PM

Malabrigo + Koolhaus = a real winner. I think this is going in my queue.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Laura at January 3, 2008 4:40 PM

Thanks for the wonderful modeled Koolhaas shots. These have convinced my husband that this hat is indeed masculine enough for him (anything shown on a female model in its original pattern form is dismissed automatically).

Excellent work!

Posted by: weaverknits at January 3, 2008 5:06 PM

I've been thinking about making that hat. I love the color you chose.

Posted by: Mama Urchin at January 3, 2008 6:52 PM

The Koolhaas turned out wonderfully. And Chris is such a sport about being photographed for the blog. My husband is pretty camera shy ;)

The B&B sounds wonderful. I'll have to try to convince Maurizio to go with me one of these days.

Posted by: connie at January 5, 2008 8:28 PM

Gorgeous hat!! I've been dying to knit something with that colorway.. too bad I already have 3 skeins of yarn lined up for 3 K's! (How on earth does one pluralize "Koolhaas"? Haha)

Posted by: Emily at January 6, 2008 8:33 PM

Happy New Year! The hat is gorgeous and the spa looks like a great place for a weekend away.

Posted by: Dorothy at January 9, 2008 6:41 PM

That color for Koolhaas is perfect! We were looking into Buttermilk Falls for a needed break. Good to know about the city crowd. :)

Posted by: Dame Wendy at January 10, 2008 1:20 PM

jess, it looks SO good! that color is gorgeous, and in malabrigo... i bet it feels like heaven. that might have answered the question for me of what yarn to make this hat in. yum.
and the upstate holiday sounds wonderful... i thought i would come back here to snow and instead i'm running around in just a shirt? hmmm. it was colder in florida!

Posted by: amisha at January 11, 2008 4:58 PM

Yes! That hat is beautiful! I'm dreadfully disappointed they were out of that specific color.

The minute I saw it I knew it would be my next project and I ordered some of the malabrigo. I spent the whole weekend working on it! (only because I so massively cocked up the first try I had to rip it all out and start all over. *sigh*) But now I'm almost done, just the last 10 rows to go, of course I'm scared I'll mess up the decreases now.


Posted by: Skeezix at January 13, 2008 9:52 PM

I'm with you on 2008 being better, and I'm all for the smouldering look too.

Posted by: Alison at January 14, 2008 6:09 AM

I'm going to make this for my husband. I wonder if Cascade Superwash will work? I think I have some of that at home!

Posted by: Name at January 16, 2008 12:34 PM

I'm going to make this for my husband. I wonder if Cascade Superwash will work? I think I have some of that at home!

Posted by: Name at January 16, 2008 12:35 PM

it looks great!!! i should try this instead of my scarf because my husband does'nt wear it!! lol

Posted by: le chat qui coud at January 28, 2008 1:28 PM

I've been looking for the perfect hat pattern for I skein Malabrigo in exactly this color. Where can I get the pattern? It seems to be sold out in print... with thanks....S

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