Goblin Hood/ Kits from Mountain Colors Yarns

Price: $82.00
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Abbey Phelps of Blackberry Knits has done it again!

This is a design that will make you smile. Easy to knit, marvelous to wear, snug and warm for the coldest days of winter.

Here is how Abbey describes the Goblin Hood:

“Goblins quaff, and Goblins beat

Goblins laugh, and Goblins bleat

Batter and jabber and whip and hammer hoooooo!”

Down, Down, To Goblin Town J. R. R Tolkien.

This is a quick weekend knit and a fun bead project.

She continues with data on measurements:

For a worsted weight yarn the length is about 10 feet long the hood is about 13 inches deep by 10 inches tall. For a sport weight yarn the length is about 8 feet long and the hood is about 11 inches deep by 8 inches tall. The hood is meant to be wide and deep but it is important to get gauge.

What is required for the worsted weight hood is 2 skeins (500 yards) of 4/8s yarn. This is a 100% wool from Mountain Colors with 250 yards to each 100 gram skein. We got in the exact colors you see in the Goblin Hood photos shown here (the first four photos on this page), Moose Creek and Harmony Ice. (The yarns as themselves are shown in the fifth (third-from-bottom) photo on this page, though of course there will be more skeins per kit.)

We also brought in a few kits to try out in a sport weight, Mountain Colors' new River Wash Sport, made up of 100% superwash merino, with 345 yards per 100 gram skein. If you choose this one, you will be getting 3 skeins worth of yarn.

Plus each kit uses one skein (85 yards) of the marvelously fun Woolly Feathers from Mountain Colors. This is a novelty yarn with 65% Kid Mohair, 15% Wool, 20% Nylon. It feels wonderful. And again, the photos show this great trim yarn in Moose Creek and Harmony Ice.

For the worsted weight yarn you will likely be using US size 10½ needle or size needed to obtain a gauge of 4 sts per inch. And for the sport weight yarn, US size 7 needles or again, the size needed to obtain a gauge of 5 sts per inch.

Now Abbey also writes: The beads are a good introduction to polymer clay. I had never used it before but, alas, could not find “just the right beads” when I was looking.. So Abbey made her own!

To make your own beads, you would need 3 one ounce packages of polymer clay in at least 2 colors. Abbey used 3 colors in both versions to make the spike beads. This is being offered on this other web page -- take a look there to find the polymer clay. A tutorial on how to make the beads will be included (very easy, by the way).

So choose your kit. You can get the Harmony Ice in worsted weight. This colorway is light in tone, a gentle blend of soft pale sage and blue. Quite delicate and really lovely.

Or go for the worsted weight kit in Moose Creek, a variegated beauty of deep browns, charcoal, dark plum, and a splash of midnight river blue.

Really stupendous.

For the sport weight yarns, I went with two dramatic colorways but alas, I hadn't realized that they look very very similar. Evening Star is basically a black and plum with a dash of red, green and sienna. Blackbird is a deep blend of charcoal, rose, sienna and a suggestion of denim. Even side-by-side they are bit hard to tell apart but the Evening Star is a bit more on the cool violet side while Blackbird has some suggestions of warmer tones.

The next-to-last photo from the bottom is Blackbird. The last is Evening Star.

Each kit will contain the needed yarns as described above. (Don't forget that for the clay to make these beads, you must go to this "Goblin Hood Addition: Polymer Clay" web page.)

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Abbey via her Ravelry web page. Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that. We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you so it might take a bit of time for me to get to it).

Just make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.

Tremendous fun! This one is a great one.