I chose this pattern, Kauri, because the trees reminded me of the area where my parents live. The yarn is Madelinetosh DK - colorway is Moorland. I like that it has some visual interest, without being too fussy, for a man's hat.
This hat was a challenge for me, from casting on only three stitches and doing increases to create the mountain, then casting on an additional 61 stitches to complete the brim, and then making the bobbles near the top of the hat (where the decreases start). Plus I hand-stitched the "snow" outline on the mountain. I like how it turned out! Pattern is Mt. Hood Snow Cap, yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage - colorway is Betty Draper's Blues.
Our "third" child, Kevin, requested a hat. He wanted a plain hat, so I made Turn A Square, which is a very popular pattern, but I'd never knitted it before. Well, I can see why it's so popular - it was really easy to follow, and the decreases were fun - you can see that it makes a square on top! Yarn is Madelinetosh DK, colorway is Whiskey Barrel.
Ahhh, my favorite hat to make - the Sugar Pine Rasta. I planned on making Helen one for quite a while, but couldn't get my hands on the right color of yarn for her - she is a pink person through and through. I finally found it in Salt Lake City, when I was there in March. I customized it with a hole for her ponytail. The hat will definitely help keep her warm while she runs this winter! Yarn is Malabrigo Rasta, colorway is Baya Electrica.
I went on an earwarmer-making jag - these are just a few of what I made...I was giving them away almost as fast as I was making them! I like these because I can usually make one out of leftover hat yarn, and they are nice to wear when you don't want to squish down your hair with a hat. Plus I kept one for myself and lately I've been wearing it after I finish running - keeps me toasty warm! Pattern is called Earwarmer on Ravelry, yarn is Madelinetosh.
We have our last long run of the season tomorrow - 7 miles - before the Houston half marathon on the 18th. I'm looking forward to a bit of a redemption run, to make up for how the 11 miler went last week. And yesterday, Cary and I ran 2.5 miles when the temperature was 23 degrees, with a north wind that made it feel like 14 degrees. Yikes! Honestly, it wasn't that bad - I layered up really well, and the only thing that bothered me was (no surprise) my hands. Even with two pairs of gloves, my fingers were FROZEN for the first mile. I have one running shirt that works for this kind of cold weather, and I've worn it every run for the last couple of weeks, with lots of washing in between. Each winter I think I don't need much in the way of cold-weather gear, but each winter, I end up wearing the same thing over and over. Good thing our winter season is relatively short here in Texas, I guess.
Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend!