My friend Sarah's birthday is on Friday, and at the bottom of her birthday box (currently racing its way across the chilly Minnesota mail system) is a tiny little something for her little man, Ben!
I finished the little hat during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, since I was done done done with the Dude Sweater! I present to you the Superb Owl hat, freshly finished with one set of eye buttons!
Pattern: Owlie Sleep Sack Matching Hat by Teresa Cole (I only did the hat; my friend Heather did the sack- link goes to the blog page with the pattern)
Yarn: Rowan's Creative Focus in Worsted. I doubt I used even half of the skein. I wasn't a huge fan of the yarn, as it was prone to splitting. Not sure what I'm going to do with the rest of the skein...
Needles: size 7
Timeframe: February 1st-February 24. The only reason it took that long was I knit the first part while watching the Superbowl and the rest of it almost a month later in about 3 hours.
Worst Part: I had a minor hiccup trying to figure out what "C4B" and "C4F" meant, with no explanation on the pattern and no cable charts. I figured it out by looking at the picture, but apparently I've been away from cable for too long. I wasn't honestly a huge fan of the hat in general, but it was a quick knit so I can't complain too much...
Best Part: When Albert jumped up on the couch to join the photo shoot!
After finishing the Owl hat and the Dude sweater, I finally did a complete over-haul of the knitting drawer.
I cleaned out all of the old skeins and post-it notes and loose balls of yarn; it was a pretty big mess in the midst of it.
When I was done, I assessed my projects needed and got everything set up, ready to go for easy-access knitting!
One of the first things I cast on for was another Turn-a-Square hat. Why, you might ask?
Because the lovely little Maeby decided to turn Scott's fall hat I knit him into kitten noms. Damn cat. This new one is going to be in a dark blue for the main color and the graduations are various shades of blue in a pretty Noro yarn. I know I'll be knitting a second one pretty soon after this one is finished, just to have one on deck in case Maeby eats the new one...
I also cast on for the first of three end-of-year dance presents I'll be knitting.
This one is going to be the Honey Cowl for my vivacious dancer in the duet I choreographed. I cast on for it today so I can bring it to Friday's all-day conference on the teaching of writing in the classroom that LSC will be putting on. I'm leading one of the sessions for the conference, which I'm pretty excited about! I wanted to make sure I had an easy knit for the rest of the sessions, and this one seems like it will knit up as a dream.
Or, at least, I'm hoping it will.
Sidenote: I haven't forgotten to do an FO post about the Dude- I'm just waiting for a good day to get pictures of Scott actually wearing it, possibly outside. That's been hard when the temp isn't higher than 0 and the windchill is between -30 and -40, like it is this evening. I'm so ready for winter to be over...