I started and finished this hat last week. Lion Brand Thick & Quick held double - great for stash busting. Super quick too. And good for impressing new knitters at a local yarn shop. I thought maybe it would work for Dan, but the color (Nantucket - a grey-green) and detail (cables) make it too girly for him. It's as warm as all get out though. I'm thinking that I will make another hat or two with this yarn and donate them.
I also finally found the inspiration for my cousin's christmas gift. I made the "Flap Hat" from One Skein Wonders and 220 Fingerless Mitts from "Itchy Fingers". The yarn was found in the stash - two skeins worth. I bought it at a sale at a Farmhouse Yarns - stuff a bag sort of deal. It was great to rediscover it - not only are the colors the best combination of pinky-purple and purpley-black, but it's soft! I wish I knew better what it was so I could look for it again. Anyway, for the hat I held the yarn doubled, working from 2 skeins. I used the leftovers from one skein to make the fingerless mittens (flittens, don't you know!) and will probably make a second pair for me from the leftovers of the other skein. They are just simple goodness and I adore them. I hope my cousin likes them! The hat fits me and Lorelai, so it should be good to go for the recipient.
Lorelai was being silly - we're in a NO! hats phase - she's yanked off everything I have put on her head (I've got yarn and plans to knit her a toasty topper next). I popped the hat on her today and she played with it a bit, then crawled off! That's a record 2 minutes! Interesting.
I have also finally finished my Hemlock Ring Blanket! This is a birthday gift for my mom... (Who I don't think knows / reads my blog.) It's all pinned out on my dining room table. It's still small, I followed the original instructions to row 87 and stopped there. Lap blanket, shoulder wrap, whatever. It's soft and warm. And a lovely shade of blue. I think she'll like it.
I probably could have been even more aggressive with the blocking, but I was trying to pin while cookies were baking. (Some days multi-tasking isn't really worth it.)
Cookies! These are Chai Spice Girl Cookies that was in a recent Better Homes and Garden issue. I'd like to thank Pillsbury Toaster Strudel for training me in the art of frosting piping.
Until I gave up and just started spreading frosting as I saw fit:
I gave one to Lorelai and she went right to the frosting. That's my girl!