Rhoadside Hat

While the blog may have been quiet, dear readers, I have been feverishly working on a big upcoming project for Interweave. I'll wing my way to their home base in Colorado this weekend to film 4 knitting DVDs. I can't say much more than that for now, but follow me in Instagram (@tanisknits) for some behind-the-scenes images of what I've been working on over the past couple of weeks and shots from the set. I'm excited to see what I've been working on come to life and be able to share it with all of you soon! smallrainbowhat1

One other thing I'm excited about going to Colorado for is catching up with my friend Heather Rhoads. Heather is the creator and mastermind behind The Lemonade Shop. While she used to make the most excellent stitch markers and crochet hooks, she has moved on to making the most excellent yarn. While there are many color ways and bases to chose from, I'm a big fan of Stormy Day Sparkle Sock. Stormy Day Sparkle is a self-striping yarn that not only sparkles (yes, please) but stripes up with rainbows! A child of the 80's and having been obsessed with both Rainbow Brite and Punky Brewster, sign me up for anything sparkly and rainbowy and I'll be happy.



Some knitters see "sock yarn" and think it can only be used for socks. Lies! I don't knit socks often (and only for my mom), but I love using sock yarn for shawls, hats, cowls, fingerless mitts... The possibilities are endless! That's why I'm thrilled to share this new design with you. Let's break the sock yarn barriers, shall we?


I've joined up with The Lemonade Shop to share with you the Roadside Hat! With a generous ribbed brim to show off the rainbow striped goodness, this beanie is a cable-lover's dream - a challenging cable winds its way up the crown and is topped off with a pom-pom. It's everything Heather and I love in a hat! Inspired by Dolly Parton's quote, "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain," this will put a smile on your face on even the grayest and coldest of days. Knitting up on US 2s and 3s, you'll be able to wear this sock weight hat throughout the year.


Have a rainbowy day and download the Rhoadside Hat here!