I've been knitting a lot of gifts, and can show you one now that the recipient has it - it's a hat that I made for my friend and former running buddy, Erica. She moved to San Francisco a couple of years ago and it's cold there, especially in the summertime. I knitted her a couple of hats shortly after she first moved, and saw on Facebook that she was still wearing them, which made me feel good, so I dug through my yarn stash, found a color that I thought she'd like, and made her a funky hat:
Pattern is The Kendall Slouchy Pom hat, yarn is Malabrigo Chunky, colorway is Taureg.
I saw this hat pattern and liked the exaggerated deep brim, which you can wear two ways, either folded up as more of a beanie, or full on slouch. The hat used up just about every inch of yarn, so I couldn't make a matching pom pom, but I found a faux fur pom pom and I like the contrast of both the color and texture on the hat. As you can see by the pictures, Erica was surprised and happy with the hat - yay! I love it when people appreciate my knitting like that.
File this under "knitting makes my brain hurt" - I've been working on my cardigan and am getting so close to finishing it. Except that I might have to rip out the collar and restart it...ugh. This pattern has been a challenge to follow, and I suspect part of the reason I've done reasonably well with it is because I've been able to search out how to do certain stitch techniques on You Tube and muddle my way through. But the collar has short rows, which you do to create a shawl collar. I figured out how to do them, and made it to this point:
Hey, that looks like a nicely shaped collar - good job!
But then, the instructions took a turn that confused me, so I went to the help forum on Ravelry for this sweater and discovered that another knitter had the exact same question as I did at this point, only she'd posted her query seven months ago and no one had answered her. I took a shot and left a question in the forum, but after a day with no response, and after rereading the instructions for the millionth time, I finally saw where the designer just tossed in further down in the instructions how to address the issue. So I started knitting away, picking up the wraps from the short rows (this only makes sense to knitters, I realize), and then I started doing the lovely i-cord bind off, but when I got to the wraps on the other side of the collar, I had trouble getting them picked up correctly and now that side is a mess. I was ready to rip everything out and start over, but managed to stop myself from doing that because I'm still in the same befuddled boat, so restarting won't change anything once I get back to that point.
Instead, I picked up my sock knitting - ahhh, soothing socks. Just knitting round and round calmed me down and I was able to set aside the sweater for a day. Here's my sanity-savers:
No, they're not going to be worn together...I just love sock yarn so much that I can't resist casting on more than one pair at the same time.
I'm almost ready to address the sweater collar again. And if I still can't figure it out, I have an appointment with my knitting guru Cary at breakfast tomorrow. Run, eat, knit - sounds about right.
Have a great weekend!