Interview with Mary Scott Huff


Architeuthis by Mary Scott Huff |Photograph by Nancy J. S. Langdon

Welcome to Lattes with Dr. Llama, an over-caffeinated podcast about all things knit and crochet. We’re proud to welcome Mary Scott Huff, author of Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit, as a guest onto the show today. Hit the play button below and join us for the interview.

Mary Scott Huff is the author of the upcoming knitting pattern books Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit and Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit as well as “The New Stranded Color Work” and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Color Knitting. When Mary isn’t knitting or playing with her children and Scottish Terriers, she enjoys teaching knitting classes, riding her motorcycle, and spinning. You can find her playing with yarn on her website, blog, or Ravelry.

For those of you sneaking this read at work, here are a few highlights!

Your newest book, “Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit”, will hit shelves next week. You were kind enough to share an advanced copy with us, and I have to say it really lives up to the name. Could you tell our listeners a little about the book and what they can expect to see in it?
Oh, Sure! It contains 20 projects. There are actually 21, so stay tuned for a free pattern that’s going to be coming out as a promotion. I’ll let you know about that as soon as I know when and where it’s available. But overall, there are 20 hats in the book sized for babies, toddlers, adults, males, females, and everybody in between.


Medusa by Mary Scott Huff | Photograph by Nancy J. S. Langdon


Frilly by Mary Scott Huff | Photograph by Nancy J. S. Langdon

How did you go from waking up and saying today I will make hat to today I will make a Green Man Balaclava. 
I know! I asked myself that at the end of every project, because I needed to write little paragraphs of introduction for each project for the book. And so, I literally would sit down and say: “Yeah, what did make me create a hat that looks like a sushi roll?”

Ummm… These are the thoughts that kept me out of the good schools?

Like I said earlier, it pops into my head fully formed, and asking why sometimes is almost immaterial. Especially in the case of the hat “Frilly” with its mono-filament infrastructure, free standing frill, and knitted teeth. I mean, there’s really no explanation for how a person comes up with that or why. Maybe if there were, it would be scarier than the finished product.

Thank you for joining us, Mary!

If you weren’t able to listen to the podcast now, bookmark it for later to learn about Mary’s experiences putting the book together, why she decided to make a book of crazy hats, and which type of yarn she must have with her on a desert island.

To pre-order “Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit” before it comes out this Sunday, click here. To pre-order “Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit”, which comes out December 1st, 2014, click here.

~ Megan-Anne
During the podcast, it’s a small miracle that you can’t hear the storm raging outside my window.

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