Tuesday 15 March 2022

Sorrento Bucket Hat


The Scout recently bought himself a rather colourful patterned bucket hat for hiking.  My trusty old cap looked rather boring in comparison, so I decided I needed to up the game and make myself a bucket hat for hiking too.

I had downloaded the Sorrento Bucket Hat pattern from Elbe Textiles a couple of years ago, so this was printed out.  I had a brainwave while lying in bed one night, that I could use a beautiful floral teatowel I had bought about 10 years ago, but never used, as part of the hat.  I knew I had some coordinating red drill too.

The pattern is unisex and has four sizes.  I made size M based on my head measurement, and I also used a light to midweight interfacing to give the brim a little more structure. I was surprised at how easy this hat was to make, the instructions are very clear and easy to understand too. 

I'm really pleased with the fit, and  love that it is reversible, but feel that this one may now be to beautiful to risk wearing on my hiking trips, so I may need to make myself another one. 

Thursday 10 March 2022

Weekending - Waihaha River Track


The weekend just gone, saw The Scout and I head south to Waihaha. 

We were hiking into to the Waihaha Hut, a track of approximately 9km, that follows along the Waihaha River Track.  This is a beautiful track, relatively flat, with lots of different types of  scenery.  My favourite part was the last hour or so of the hike going through the ancient rimu forest, being dwarfed by giant trees.  I also found the many different berries growing throughout fascinating.

The hut sleeps 10, and there were some really nice  people staying there, so we enjoyed some interesting conversations.

It was so nice to escape Auckland,  meet new people and experience a different part of the country.


Wednesday 9 March 2022

Serenity Sweater


A little while ago I won a free pattern of my choice from Love Notions Patterns.  I chose the Serenity Sweater.  It's a wrap sweater which can have a waistband instead of the gathered bottom which I chose to sew.

I made size small, based on my measurements, out of a beautiful cobalt linen slub jersey. I am still persevering with sewing knit fabrics, but am finding it a more enjoyable experience with this linen jersey. It's not perfect, but for a first attempt, I'm really pleased with it, and am looking forward to wearing this as an extra layer for yoga classes in cooler weather.