Oooooooh, they're so pretty:
So I celebrated by knitting myself a hat. (And just in time for the -35C weather, too!)
Um, and so, here's the thing. This hat is the reincarnation of my Burberry-Inspired Cowl:
The cowl just wasn't doing it for me. I wasn't wearing it. And the yarn is delicious and it was from Wood, so there was NO WAY I was going to let it collect dust in the winter accessories bin (yes, we have a whole bin - a basket wouldn't even come close to containing it all...it's one of those massive Rubbermaid storage bins). So I frogged it and IT LIVES AGAIN!
So there you have it. I am off to swatch my arse off for my next sweater and make some socks.
GET THIS: since I started knitting in the Continental style, I've reeeeeeeally loosened up. I started knitting Ruth's socks with a 3.25mm circular and it was too loose. Next, I tried a 2.5mm circular and it was too loose. So I went down to a 2.0mm. And guess what? STILL TOO FLIPPIN' LOOSE! Two! Point! Oh! Millimeters! That's like knitting with tooth picks! They don't even make them smaller than that! GAH! So it looks like I'm going to have to a) start knitting socks in sport weight yarn or b) knit all socks in the English style, which is about as tempting to me as the thought of licking my kitchen floor. All. Those. Stitches. And. All. That. Ribbing. And no Continental.
PS: You know, I think it's time for a change, folks. I switched to Apple several years ago because they just work (iMac, I love you). I drive a car that is dependable and fuel-efficient and good quality, because it just makes more sense (though it is not made in North America - GASP). I try to eat organic and local, because it is kinder to the planet and better for my health. I even learned a totally new way of knitting (after 25 years of using the old method) because it was just smarter and more efficient. I am all for tradition and standards and all that, but I think it's time for you crazy Americans to get over your impossible-to-understand-and-full-of-nonsensical-gaps knitting needle sizing conventions and come over to the dark side. The totally logical, totally fool-proof, "it just works", dark, METRIC side.
I mean, you have two versions of size 1 needles and two versions of size 2's. And what's up with having a size 0? How is that even possible? Honestly. That's just silly.