I've had several longer projects on the go lately and finally managed to polish off a couple of them...one of them being my Downton Cowl. I messed up my counting a few times and had to pull it back a row or two, on several occasions. Towards the end though I could tell where I was without counting at all. I love the way it turned out...and the madelinetosh dk is so luxurious.
This week I just wanted something small though, something fun, and some instant gratification.
The little miss was in need of a hat that ties to her very cute, but very stubborn noggin. The girl will not leave a hat on her head...which means half the hats that I've made her have been passed on to other, more obedient children in the family.
The girl needed ear flaps, and ties. After a little bit of poking around on ravelry, I came across the perfect hat, intended for an adult.
It was supposed to be knit in a bulky yarn with a large needle, so I went down to a worsted weight yarn (that I've been itching to use for quite a while!) and a smaller needle and it worked out perfectly.
I expected a bit more of a fight about wearing it, but she seemed to rather like her new hat once it was tied on. (Okay, I did bribe her with a piece of popcorn. I'm assuming i'll have to sweeten up those bribes over time...if she's anything like her brothers.)
She seemed to enjoy the tassel at the back too, and was shaking her head back and forth to make it move, as she watched in the mirror.
I think I may knit a few more of these for baby gifts, it was so fun, and quick!
My reading has been slowed again, but I'm still plugging away at "The Mermaid's Chair" and "Mere Christianity". The Mermaid's Chair is continuing to grip me with scenery and writing style alone...while the main story line is continuing to annoy me.
I'm so used to my old reading days when I could polish off a novel in a day, easily. But for now, my days are filled with sweetness that no novel can bring. P.S. Don't forget to check back on Thursday to join in on the Lexicon Project!