Mimi – A stranded colourwork hat and a hike in the Vosges

It has been a while that I published something on this website. I still owe myself a post on my trips to New York and Lisboa earlier this year. On a few crafty people I met and the crafty places that I wanted to blog about.  But since I am working nine to five again there is less time for knitting, writing and taking pictures … and yes, I miss it. So this week a week of holiday, free, no trip planned. My hands are itching to knit, weave and plan some posts for this site.

Meet Mimi and my friends

Hey, what a summer here in the Northern hemisphere! I enjoyed every minute. And yes, I also knitted a few things. And, with fall approaching, there is actually a new design. I can show you here. Voilà: Mimi, a cute little hat with geometric flowers. It has a longer brim with an interesting ribbing detail with twisted stitches. I uploaded the pattern to Ravelry last week. 


Mimi is knitted with De Rerum Natura Ulysee, a soft but rustic sports weight yarn. I like how the fibres bloom when washed an blocked. The colourwork part flew off my needles – so I decided to knit a second hat in a different colourway, with less contrast.

Mimi in rose and grey

While some very kindred Instagrammers offered to test my pattern and knitted their version of Mimi, I convinced my dear long-time real-life friends Julia and Elke that they are just the right models for the hats. So, during our hiking trip to the Vosges, we took some pictures high up on the Route des Cretes.


It was a glorious day, not really hat weather. We took an approx. 18 km hike from Col de la Schlucht to Gazon de Faȋte which is absolutely amazing. The fermes auberges on the way are highly recommended. Try their cheeses plus a bottle of Cremant or a Gewürztraminer. Life is even better. We definitely will return for another hike to the Vosges, soon.

Want to see a few pictures?

Le Tanet


Rose hip

Route de Cretes

Ah, and about Mimi:

You can find more details (yardage, needles sizes, gauge and pictures of some of my test knitters) in my Ravelry store. And what would be Mimi without Musetta? There will be matching mittens soon, too. The pattern for Musetta, a pair of fingerless mittens will be released this week. I will add a picture here later.



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