Hats are a great one-skein project, worn by almost everyone, and quick to make. They're also wonderfully customizable, especially when you find a "teaching" pattern that gives you tips and a recipe rather than just straightforward color by the numbers steps.
When a coworker was getting rid of ultra soft sport-weight alpaca in this neutral dusty navy, I knew I wanted to make a top down hat.
If you love a color shift, whether from dark to light or one hue to a complement, former Vogue Knitting editor Tanis Gray has the versatile picture book for you.
I have lots of scrap yarn from years' worth of projects, and I'm always looking for nice ways to use it up. In this case, I turned the green, pink, purple, and blue scraps into pom-poms. I also bought a wooden circle, ribbon, and some fabric flowers, which all came together into this spring wreath. No sewing, knitting, or special ingredients needed!
I finally finished these simple arm warmers. I didn't use a pattern here, just kept trying them on my wrists as I went. Each row is double-crochet, with 3 rows of 2 decreases toward the wrist, and the same number of increases back out to the hand. I decided against an added thumb so it wouldn't add bulk when picking wild berries or carrying a hiking stick.
This winter has been dreadfully cold and icy, but spring feels near. We've passed Daylight Savings Time now, and had some days in the low 40s. I like to take an afternoon walk around the pond on the right when my head is too full of spreadsheets. Today was not one of those nice days, though. I got these pictures during a brief break in the swirling, thick snow that fell all day.
I was discouraged to see more snow, but it didn't stick. In any case, the colder weather is a great excuse to wear this thick, soft knit skirt!
This week, I mailed the baby blanket for my new cousin back home to Georgia. That sweet pink diagonal striped blanket from a few weeks ago is on the way to its new home. It was so bright, and fun to make, and took just the right length of time. As I was starting to get tired of making little white squares, I got to the last corner.
Last Thanksgiving, I bought a small skein of light-as-air Abbey Alpaca at the Minneapolis Holidazzle. It was a pleasure to work with, even though I frogged the headband a couple times. I finally found the right tension and perfect little embellishment. The result was the perfect Christmas gift for my little sister, who braves Chicago public transportation all winter long.
I met my sister for brunch last Sunday in the Ukrainian Village. I used to live with her in the neighborhood, walking distance from the famous venue Empty Bottle. We ate the wonderful Bite Cafe food there (same food but with no wait when you eat at the bar). There was some clever crochet briefs on display by Sara Enigmann. I snapped a few pictures, posted below. Warning: Don't click if you're offended by playful phallic symbolism.
For my sister's roommate, I worked up a quick beanie on a Saturday trip to the Indiana Dunes. While my friend drove, I used my own head as a template for this hat. It turned out to have a little point at the top, which Kobe says is perfect to fit the ponytail he wears at the top of his head. I think it looks a little like the cap of an acorn. I worked on it a little more after we hiked the Three Dune challenge, for a total craft time of 4 hours. Click below for the instructions.
I'm working on my first C2C blanket for a cousin's new baby. Diagonal color changes are so easy with this technique! The baby's name is Lydia, and I think she'll like these sweet pink stripes.