It is going to get freezing cold here again this week. Temps below zero with lots of wind. Yeah for wool!
This weekend we watched the playoff games and I knit up a storm. This knitdown is really making me happy and I find myself planning the next project using up yarn in my stash. The problem is I keep finding more and more oddiments that need to be destashed. Here is the winding station I have set up on my dining room table with a few of the skeins waiting to be turned into yarn cakes to use in up-and-coming projects.
Windschief hat over the weekend. What a fast knit! I may have to make this hat for all the boys in the family. It is good looking and snug like they like their hats.
I think I am going to make the matching cowl for hubby. He's not so sure he will like it (is it too girly?) but I think it will be a nice warm addition to his outdoor gear and won't get in his way like a scarf does.
Here are the items I have complete so far that I have not posted:
I have enough of the white yarn left to make matching fingerless gloves using the Koolhaas pattern that will make a really nice set of hat, cowl and mitts. The Snuggly Cowl and the Magnolia hat used up the leftoveryarn from my Central Park hoodie with this much left over
I wasn't going to make the Elephant hat because it was a little small. I probably should have made it 4 years ago when elephants were her favorite animal. She is now into dragons and cheetahs. However, I have a long queue of fair isle sweaters and hats that I have waiting and I haven't done this technique in a number of years, so I decided to make the hat as practice. I added an extra row of border between the two elephant motifs and used a size larger needle. I think I held my yarn a bit too tight with the large elephant motif but by the time I got to the small elephants, I had relaxed a bit and loosened up my tension. I don't have a before picture, but when I finished I wasn't terribly pleased, as the stitches were a bit uneven and wonky. As the yarn is a washable wool, I wasn't expecting much after blocking, but boy was I surprised. The yarn relaxed in the bath and the hat is beautiful.
Something I am really learning, especially as I use up yarn that has been sitting around for a while, blocking can be your finished garments best friend and make you look like a superstar knitter.