I haven’t posted much in the way of my crafty endeavors for a couple of weeks but, I assure you, I am crafting. Knitting, specifically. As you know, this has been a challenging couple of months (It’s been a challenging year, but that’s a whole other blog post). Knitting has really, really helped me get through these times. The repetitive motion of knitting calms me down. Keeps me sane. I knit a bunch of hats for Christmas presents. The first hat I made I really wish I had taken a picture of and blogged about. It actually was a gift for my step-dad. I decided I was going to make him a hat when I was visiting him in the hospital after he had his surgery. We were talking about what he was going to have to go through regarding his treatment and he mentioned that his hair would probably fall out from the radiation. I said, “I should make you a hat!” and he said, “That would be great!” and so it goes. So I went home and dug through my stash to see what I had and I found the absolute perfect yarn for this. It is some yarn that I got in Ocean Park, WA at a little yarn shop there (the yarn in the photo). Alpaca from a local Alpaca farm. The name of the Alpaca is right there on the label, Freedom, is his/her name. Ocean Park is a favorite vacation spot of our family so I knew this was perfect. It’s like this yarn was bought so that I could make him this hat. So I made him a simple top-down ribbed hat and he loves it! Success! It’s such a nice, masculine pattern so I went ahead and made two more, one for my brother in black, and one for my dad in brown.
To go with my brother’s hat I made him a scarf. It’s a pattern in the book “One Skein” by Leigh Radford. It is one of the ribbed quartet and the pattern is Double Cable scarf (or something like that). It’s a really easy, quick project. Perfect for gift knitting. He loved it! I always appreciate it, as I’m sure you do, when people truly appreciate my knitted gifts. So I was happy. And with all of the snow he needs it! Here’s the Ravelry info if you are so inclined.
I’m working on something for myself, too! It’s the Pfeiffer Falls Hooded scarf from the latest Interweave. I’m using a yarn I have never used before, Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted. I think this may be my new favorite yarn! It’s so smooshy and nice. But more on this project later. We had another snow day today so progress is being made and I should have it done by next Monday.