This idea of a "Harvest Date" accessories has been in my head for awhile. Although I've published a fingerless mitten pattern before, I've never designed a hat all by myself, and so that was quite a new endeavor, and took a few rounds of trial and error. Once I got it right, though, I just knew it. I want to live in this hat. I may be wearing it around the house even. (Knut hasn't had a chance to clean the chimney yet to start the wood stove yet this year.)
The idea started with "what would I like to wear out to the field to go visit Knut during harvest?" It's so cold out there on the tractor sometimes, and yet we see each other so little this time of year that I really want to make it special when I do see him.
These may be some of the simplest patterns I have ever written, and I must admit, it's crazy fun writing a pattern for a quick project like this after spending time writing long sweater patterns in 8 sizes. The edits from my tech editor this time around didn't make my head spin. It's also very satisfying knitting something small with a US9 needle, right after finishing my last project which was a large sweater on size US3 needles with detailed color work. It all went so fast!
The problem was figuring out how to photograph this set when the leaves were perfect, and the clouds were just at that perfect state of overcast. After some queries to some photography friends, I finally decided just to let Silje use my DSLR, and coach her through doing a photo shoot. For a control freak like me, it was great to tell someone, "OK, I want you to stand right there, and I want this and this and this in the frame. OK, take a few more like that" and they just do it. Then I could see what she was doing every few minutes. We're an amazing team. She had so much fun, and so did I. She got some great ones too, that I wouldn't have thought to set up. I love seeing the world through her eyes.
We got all of our main pictures done, but I was hoping to catch Knut when he drove the semi truck out to the grain bins, and pull him in to some pictures. He was such a good sport.
The Harvest Date Set can be purchased here, and you can purchase the patterns separately, or together at a discount. Enjoy!