Pattern release: Siurana

Siurana by Mary Joy Gumayagay

I don’t always take 6½ years to publish a pattern, but when I do, it’s quick, easy, and free.

Siurana was knit one midwinter in France, when climbing days meant chasing the sun and freezing while my partner worked on his project. It’s the third hat in The Destination Series, for the climbing areas I know and love. Antalya came first, followed by St. Léger. Now this. Knit in 2009, published in 2016.

Siurana is a generous type of hat: a deep, deep brim for pulling down over frosty earlobes and a long, slouchy body for tucking ponytails or braids in. It’s knit as a firmer fabric, for retaining heat. It’s made for the no-nonsense type of activity I anticipate the wearer participating in: muscle-aching, finger-popping, sweat-inducing, endorphin-producing. It’s got cables that reveal themselves slyly, an allusion to the hidden holds of some Siurana routes (at least, the routes I was on). It fits you, your climbing partner, your friends visiting from Cali who skipped the headgear, and the random crag dog enamored with its sheepy heritage. On off days it’s handy for spontaneous cherry picking or mosquito swatting, and can, in a pinch, serve as an oven mitt at a campfire.

It’s a utilitarian hat, not made to be pretty but to be worn, and loved, and warshed, and lost, and knit over and over again.

Siurana is a free download on Ravelry.


Of natural phenomena, it is the collision of particles from outer space with earthly atoms and molecules in our atmosphere that leave me speechless every time I see it. Perhaps because I haven’t yet seen the lights in situ? (Or from space!)

One for the travel bucket list, then.

The Aurora from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Aurora 2012 from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

Northern Lights Trippin from Rave Dave on Vimeo.

A zone like no other.

As climbing videos go, this is beautiful: the character, the plot, the setting, the music, all contributing to a visual feast. Alex Honnold, free soloist extraordinaire, is always compelling to watch. Jimmy Chin, photographer and director, excels at providing the right amount of fear and awe and astonishment and wonder. (He’s also posted a behind-the-scenes peek on his blog.)

I won’t detract from the film by discussing Alex Honnold; he’s happiest off the ground and on the rock. There aren’t very many climbers who can do what he does…. so well.

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