We have been having a lot of fun this fall experimenting with patterns and yarns; inspired in part by the Shibui mixology event that we hosted at the end of last month. We have enjoyed seeing how different yarns and different yarn combinations can influence the look and feel of a project. Two of the many hat samples we have in the shop right now illustrate how your yarn choice can make a difference.The Simple Pleasures hat was designed by the Purl Bee team. The pattern has you using two strands of the lace yarn held together for the brim, and then substituting mohair lace for one of those strands for the body of the hat. The two textures complement each other beautifully, and create a subtle color difference which makes the slouchy hat more interesting. The two fine strands create a hat that is very light, and yet very warm. Julie made a version of this hat (on the left) last winter using SweetGeorgia Yarns’ CashSilk Lace and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The silk in the lace yarn used for the ribbed brim creates a soft sheen that makes a nice feminine touch. On the right, is a version Helen knit up this fall using Shibui Pebble and Silk Cloud. The nubby texture of the cashmere, fine merino, and recycled silk blend makes a tweedier brim that contrasts nicely with the soft fuzzy halo of the hat’s body.We have a number of other samples in the shop knit up with various yarn selections so that you can clearly see how yarn selection can impact your finished product. We hope that you get a chance to stop by to see what we've been working on. and what we've learned from our experiments. We'd love to help you find the perfect skein(s) for your next project.