I finished this hat on New Year's Eve, but it wasn't given to my niece, Mandy (modeling it in the photo), until February 19th, her birthday.
Project: What Was I Thinking? Two-Tone Socks
These are socks that I knit as a Christmas gift (but didn't finish until January 12) for Mr. D. Did I remember how wide his feet were when I started knitting from a one-of-a-kind Socks That Rock Rare Gems mill end? No, of course not! When I was just past the heel on the first sock I realized that there would never be enough yarn, so I added on another Socks That Rock Rare Gems mill end for most of the foot. When Mr. D is wearing shoes, no one will be the wiser...
Project: Teach Myself Cables Socks
These socks languished for months, mostly because I really didn't like knitting with Noro Silk Garden Sock (my hands didn't like it either). In January, I finally bit the bullet and finished the second sock. Even though I didn't like knitting with the yarn, I really like the socks, which have softened nicely with washing.
Project: Alpaca Troubador
Nancy, Jan and I knitted this scarf as a knit along. Nancy gave us the yarn, pattern and a very cute project bag for Christmas. I had some problems with dropped stitches (which should have been knit three togethers), but Nancy magically fixed them for me. Tanis Gray's Troubador is a wonderful pattern, and I love how this turned out. I still have more than a skein left, so I'm currently in search of a hat pattern to go with this. Any suggestions?
Project: Retreat Socks
I always like to have some plain socks when I am in social situations with other knitters, so I took these socks along as one of my projects for the knitting retreat I went to in January. With all of the knitting time that weekend, these moved along really quickly. The yarn is very soft for standard self-striping yarn, and it was a bargain, too—only $6.99 at WEBS.
Project: Not So Moody BluesYou may remember that I knit a Hitchhiker for my friend Jan at the end of last year. Shortly after finishing Jan's Hitchhiker I cast on one for me, and here it is! The Malabrigo sock yarn is incredibly soft and scrumptious around my neck, and I have loved wearing it in our colder and wetter than normal March weather. After knitting two of these back-to-back, I got a little bored with the pattern toward the end, but the results were definitely worth the boredom!
Next up, current WIPs, with a report on a project that has magically come back to life. I'll be back in a few days with more.