I normally start work before the sun is up in these days where the hours of light are so short. My office window has a southern exposure, and I can sort of feel the light in the east coming up behind me, and I like to peer out the window and see what the dawn is like. It was spectacular on Tuesday a.m.:
But you know how the old saying goes - Red sky in morning, sailors take warning:
It had clouded up and started snowing by late afternoon yesterday, and here in the southern part of the valley, we got another lake-effect snowstorm this morning. Temps are chilly today too - down below freezing for most of the day. The horses and bunnies all got a little extra food last night, since they were wet and cold (the horses anyway) when they came in for dinner. Newman's been sitting on the heating pad I've got for him and I can tell his toe stumps are bothering him. He's a trooper though, and will come over to see me if I've got some treats for him. I try to keep his hay in reach of his warm spot, so he can snack during the day and still keep the footsies warm.
With all the early darkness, I've been putting in some knitting time on a handspun project for a gift. (Yes, Sharon - ENOUGH! I AM working on the damn scarf too. It's half done as of last night.)
Some of you may remember I was spinning up a rather interesting blend about a year ago. (Daniel - if you are here, go away. GO AWAY.)
It was an alpaca and Max-the-dog blend. I finally got it spun up and cast on for a hat. Pattern courtesy of the Ravelry database. I wasn't 100% sure I was going to have enough yarn spun for this, but in the end I squeaked through with just enough to finish the last short-row panel and sew the edges together.
- Pattern: Sideways Short-Rows hat, found on Ravelry. Pretty dang simple, and I didn't change a thing. It's got 8 short-row panels. The hat is knit in garter stitch sideways with the short rows shaping the crown and then seamed up the back.
- Yarn: Handspun. I didn't count wpi, as I cast on as soon as I had it plied, but I would guestimate worsted-esque 2-ply. Pleasantly, this does not have too much eau de Max smell about it. Probably will be quite "aromatic" when wet, but that'll be Daniel's problem when he's wearing it on his head. The garter stitch of the pattern helped coax a little bit of stretch out of the yarn, which otherwise is inherently un-stretchy. It is, however, insanely soft. It sort of feels like angora bunny and even has a bit of a halo to it. This is in the natural "Max" colorway, which will be nice, since it will match everything Daniel normally wears anyway. Max is nothing if not a hairy, shedding behemoth 362 days out of the year.
- Needles: Size 6 U.S. circulars, but only because I was too lazy to go find a set of straights to use.
- Modifications: None - can ya believe it?
This is a great easy hat pattern that would also work nicely with 1-skein leftovers. I think the total yardage I had was just under 150 yards (something like 143, but I used every last millimeter of it). You could also get rid of the brim, or extend it a little if the recipient wanted something with an extra layer to completely cover his/her ears.
And just in time for the cold, snowy season!
All for now.