100-Mile Cairn

March 27th, 2012 § 0 comments

What is a cairn? According to Wikipedia (the fount of all knowledge on the internet – hehe) describes it thusly:

Cairn is a term used mainly in the English-speaking world for a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. It comes from the Irish: carn (plural cairn) or Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering.

So what does it mean to wear a cairn on one’s head?! Mostly that you are visible from far away. Which is exactly what happens when one takes Ysolda Teague’s Cairn pattern and uses slate grey and searing neon yellow for the colour combination.

Why neon yellow? Well, inspiration can be found in all kinds of place; in this case, my trainer’s shoes.

sean's shoes

I’ve been training with Sean Hayes for almost a year as part of my rehabilitation from my three car accidents (hence the prolific nature of my crafting depends largely on my pain-level etc). He’s been an awesome support and help to me and I wanted to show him some appreciation by knitting him something for his birthday.

Sean loves bright colours to be visible when he’s out running at dawn/dusk or playing semi-professional or amateur sports. So after being blinded by his shoes on occasion (as I’m often on the ground doing exercises), I figured that this hat would be an awesome gift to him.

Hat from front

and from the side:

hat from side

I called my project 100-mile Cairn because I think that’s how far Sean will be visible from!

Pattern: Cairn hat by Ysolda Teague (link)
Yarns: Cascade 220 worsted in neon yellow – 44 yards
              Crystal Palace Merino 5 solid in slate – approx 55 yards
Needle: 4.00mm circular (16”)

This project took me 4 days to knit, really enjoyable! I have lots of yarn leftover, so I’m probably going to make Sean an armband to match.

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