Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes concerning my sciatica. I start PT on December 5, which was the earliest possible date: Ain’t American health care grand! At least it is not painful, just numb and sluggish.
Meanwhile, I have finished the second attempt at a dark green skiing hat for my SIL. From my previous post, you may remember that the first was too small. This time I made the pattern up based upon a knit-in-the-round gauge swatch. Her head is 22″ around, and the hat should be 19.5″ around unstretched. I blocked it over a 21″ inch around bowl (the ribbing hung past the edge and wasn’t really stretched), and it is not tight on my 23.5″ head (yes, I have a strangely large head, and no, it didn’t make me smarter). I believe my exact words to M were, “This one is going to be too *(&$^% big!” He disagrees, and he says she will love it (he is not a stupid man). We’ll see. As he pointed out, she does have “curly, big” hair, and I have “straight, small” hair.
I was quite pleased with myself for doing the decreases every other round as P2tog to continue the detail of the seed stitch stripes. And the Wool of the Andes had only one knot in 1.3 skeins, and I was happy to knit with it. I also liked the subtle monochromatic color changes from the kettle dying.
I do hope it fits! That was the last of my Christmas knitting and my 13th FO of 2008. Of those 13 FOs, 5 were for me and 8 for other people. I think this may explain why I don’t have a hat, scarf (that matches my new, smaller coat), and not even a week’s worth of handknit socks. I’m knitting for me for a while! I am almost done with the seaming on MY grey tweed pullover. I finished the knitting and the neckband and then completely forgot about it for 3 or so weeks. And my Malabrigo neckwarmer has become a scarf; it was too confining at neckwarmer length, so since I hadn’t even finished the first of two balls of yarn, I decided to knit it long enough for a scarf.
The sock knitting hasn’t been going very well, but I am retrenching and will discuss that in a later post. But to end on a happy note, I did find this very pretty sock yarn at our local farmer’s market from Fiber Confections. The lady was very nice to talk to. She had several different yarns, the base of this one seems identical to Lorna’s Laces. I don’t think it is from her sheep.