Just so you know, I did go through my stash, and I have a large shopping bag full of yarn headed to the retreat this weekend, in case someone else loves what doesn’t make me happy. I didn’t inventory; my helpers weren’t helpful at all if you must know, and I had my hands full just trying to keep Gretchen from trotting off with the good stuff. Add Sissy’s need to sniff each and every skein, and well…
I did discover I have 17 skeins of Tofutsies. That’s a bit ridiculous, but what’s worse is I really don’t think my yarn library will be complete without the current sock club offering. Sigh. Pretty, no? I really think I must have it… I did skip at least two sock club specials, thanks much, so there is some sort of method to my madness. So, just with that one little reality check, I’m going to have to really try to knit from my stash this year. No wonder the Knight rolls his eyes when I talk of buying yarn. (But if sock yarn doesn’t count, then I really have precious little in my stash!)
The fur-girls and I have spent the afternoon blocking. The Voyager is drying, and Spiraluscious is too, although the pattern was explicitly clear that it should be shaped, but not blocked. That just leaves my guild’s KAL stole to be washed and blocked, but I have one dropped stitch to repair first, and we’re out of stole space.
I finished off the other minty item Friday night.
Pattern: Easy Neckwarmer. It’s a super-easy, super-quick knit. Intentionally did a loose bind-off to give one end a little extra room.
Yarn: See the previous post. Love this stuff.
Needles: #8 Knitpick Options Harmony tips. Could likely have used a #6-7, but I have issues with anything tight around my neck.
Verdict: It’s not a snug ear warmer, but Sissy and I both managed to wear it that way. No photos of the human, for two reasons. Firstly, the Knight wasn’t around, and Sissy has the whole no thumb problem, and secondly, with my short hair, it’s all about purpose, not pretty, and let me assure you it ain’t pretty. In fact, for you long-eared dog owners out there, I think this pattern done on #6s would make a decent snood.
Pattern: Wool Winder’s Basic Preemie Hat Recipe. It’s actually super-simple, and rapid-fast.
Yarns: The left has was done with worsted weight Ella Rae Amity, and the right with a chunky Softee. I probably broke some preemie cap law, using brights and no pastels, but I’m betting I’m not the only one out there who gets tired of the muted stuff for babies. They’re washer and dryer friendly, so in the event that preemie gets to go home still sporting one of these hats, the parents (mom?) won’t have to think twice about special care.
Needles: KPO Harmony #7. The bulky weight would have liked a #8-9, but I wanted to see how big of a difference it would be if I changed NOTHING but the yarn size. Now I know, and the hat is usable, just dense.
Verdict – I have a go-to preemie hat pattern now.
I have more to do around the house, but Gretchen’s sound asleep in my lap. That’s a good excuse, right?