This has been a great weekend for getting things finished, organized, and prioritized. It feels great. Two of the items have photos to share. The rest, though more boring, is necessary and in progress.
I present to you, the newborn Batman hat. It worked out pretty well, and I think it should do pretty much what it was supposed to do. I am popping it in the mail tomorrow.
60 stitches, size 5 needles, a bit taller than necessary so that the ears don’t get pulled in, and short-row ears which are knit over 12 stitches, reducing one stitch each row. It is seamed flat at the top. I hope I am treated to a picture of the recipient in all of his/her newborn splendor.
I am craving pretty and fun things to knit. When I saw this pattern I was smitten. I used Silky Wool, one skein which was hiding in the bottom of my sport-weight stash, and one picked up at my LYS, gratefully of the same dye lot. I have been just starting things on the fly of late, and hoping they work out. This one did.
Lady Violet’s Dinner Gauntlets by Kristen Ashbaugh, free on Ravelry. Needles size 2.75 mm, and plenty of leftovers in the two skeins of Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, though one skein would not have made it, sadly.
J’ouvre mon Coeur is on hold. I am not quite sure why. I finished knitting and cast off half of the shawl, and then put it back on the needles. I want it bigger. I am thinking two patterns larger should take care of things, and be hugely snuggly. I believe the big hold is the other deadlines I have looming.
I have to get my sample done for the class I am teaching from the book Big Foot Knits. The class is in January, but I want to be very comfortable with the process. I also agreed to a sock KAL with Yarn Harbor. I am doing the sock in a sport weight to speed up the process and to have a warmer winter sock.
Both of these are more boring. This frustrates me a bit. I have just come off knitting 6 pairs of mittens and 24 felted ornaments. I am finding that I am growing bored of knitting as I set these big, useful, but uninspiring projects in front of me. It is, however, inspiring a necessary period of reflection around what I chose to knit and design, and why. I do need to get focused, and I need to this focus to be around what I love. My current gauntlet obsession is a reflection of knitting things that jazz me. We will see where this reflection leads. I do think it will be fun.