Which means a day off during the week this week. Very nice. It's mostly been laundry catch up day, but there has been a bit of knitting too! I was able to finally make a good start on Cobblestone for DH the other day. I'm working it with Elann.com's Sierra Aran (a soft cozy wool/alpaca blend) using my KnitPicks Options. I swear this thing is knitting itself. Slides around the needles/cables like buttah! And the color...swoon! This is "Lichen", a soft greenish brown with flecks of orange to purple throughout. It totally changes colors in different lighting. Under fluorescents it was very blah...but in natural daylight or regular incandescent bulbs, the colors blend and flow. I'm about 8" into the body so far. It's a very comforting knit.
Just off the blocking head (otherwise known as the blockhead...hehehee)is another gift hat. Foliage from knitty.com's fall issue:
The Yarn: On Line Gaucho, a superwash worsted tweedy wool, purchased through elann.com about a year ago. Used 1 entire ball and a bit more, however, next time, I'd probably do one fewer pattern repeat just to keep it from being so long, and you could easily do that with just one ball. The yarn is a bit scratchy when working with it, but softens up very nicely with a soak in Eucalon.
Needles: Doublepoint bamboos in 5s and 7s as per pattern instructions. I really liked the fabric I got with this, the laciness is there but still dense enough to keep your head warm.
Overall, I thought the lace pattern was very easy to memorize and made a "totally adorable" (to quote a local 16yr old) hat. I can see myself making this again in the worsted weight.
Well, the dryer's buzzing..gotta go fold clothes ;0
Have a totally knitterly day!