The goats of Inversnaid

With the temperatures today hitting the late 20’s, it is, of course, the perfect time to post a review of knitted hats and mitts.  😯

This yarn and pattern was a gift to me from my friend Christian at Christmas 2015, and they’ve been finished, so Ravelry tells me, since February 2017.  So this post is long overdue.  I hope you’ll humour me!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before what a huge fan I am of Kate Davies, and I was keen to knit one of her patterns and try her Buachaille yarn too.  So this was the best kind of gift from a friend who knows you well.  I’m blessed with several of those.

Starting with the yarn, I have to say this is just about the nicest yarn I’ve ever knit with. It’s crisp and firm, with excellent stitch definition, and deep colour saturation. Hubby was bored senseless of me gushing every time I picked up this project, but the yarn is simply joyous to knit with.

It’s not cheap, but it’s an artisan yarn and, I think, well worth the money.  I suspect this is going to be one of those yarns that lasts through much wear and tear, making it, in reality, much better value for money than less expensive, or squishier yarns, that frustratingly give up the ghost much sooner.

Having had a few of those experiences recently, I’m vowing that whilst the cheaper yarns are fine for the kids, who grow out of clothes rather than wear them out, for us grown ups I’ll be investing as much in the yarn as I do in the actually knitting of the garment.

The pattern is equally lovely.

Expertly written.  Easy to read.  Delightful to knit. Everything I’d hoped it would be and more.

I’m not an expert knitted of stranded colourwork, but Kate helped me produce a result that would fool anyone into thinking I was.

Oh those little goats!  They are stupidly easy to knit and each one gives you a happy feeling as you knit the last row of its horn.

Miss Button is gazing wistfully at the hat.  She does look adorable in it, so I may succumb to her entreaties.

But the gauntlets are mine.  I’ll fight anyone to defend their glorious goatiness.

And as they’re stranded they are super cosy and warm.

I know it’s far too warm to be thinking of winter knits at the moment, but I’ll be smug when normal northern weather resumes and I’m already prepared.

Can I suggest you add these to your knit list for this Autumn?  I promise you won’t regret it!

6 Responses to The goats of Inversnaid

  1. K-Line says:

    I love this! Gorgeous yarn – those colours are fantastic.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      The yarn is spectacular. And the colours are divine. I’m planning one of her yokes patterns for myself in it for the winter. Very much looking forward to knitting it!

  2. Tialys says:

    What a delightful pattern. I’m going to put it on my prospective project list over on Ravelry I case I want a change from blankets this autumn.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I do think you’ll love it. It’s the happiest thing I’ve ever knitted.

  3. Kim says:

    Great fun – goats on a hat and gloves 😃. I agree that it’s worth paying for good yarns – but not all expensive yarns are good sadly. I bought some where the colour ran better than a thoroughbred, and I have had a couple of experiences with different yarns from Rowan that have sadly been less than thrilling.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I also refuse to use Rowan yarns any more. I think they are shocking. I’m also done with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and anything from Malabrigo…both of which feel lovely but drop and pill horribly.