Finished: Spring Thicket Beret11:50 PM
Well, what do you know. I really am capable of sticking to a plan. Next on the list was "Thicket" by Alana Dakos from her new book, Botanical Knits 2. This is my second pattern from Alana and, just as I hoped, it was a great pattern! So well-written and easy to follow and the finished product is so pretty! Still not quite a newbie pattern but, I'm relatively inexperienced and was able to follow it without any issues. The only two things I changed were shortening the ribbing to conserve yarn and using the Magic Loop method when it came time to decrease. I have such a hard time using double-pointed needles - they always fall out - so, I thought continuing on a cord would be better. I still struggled a little bit, shown in some slight laddering in the last few rows but, overall, I do prefer the Loop method.
You know what I really love about Alana's hat patterns? Rather than abandoning the design when it's time to decrease, she goes the extra mile to actually decrease the design, giving, in my opinion, a nicer and more professional finish.
This time, I used a yarn much closer in content to the suggested yarn than last time. For one, I bought it as a souvenir last year in Savannah with no project in mind so, it was just sitting in my stash, pre-wound. I love practical souvenirs. For another, I wanted the soft, pretty halo that the sample hat had. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk sport weight. Having just used a dk Egyptian Cotton, the Alpaca Silk felt like knitting air! It was an easy yarn to work with and gave me precisely the result I was hoping for. And, it blocked so nicely, making my knitting look much more consistent than it is :)
Now, can you guess what's next on my queue? I joked on my recovery plan that I'd start on my Ginny Sweater and I'm actually doing it! With a new hat or two along the way ;) (Can you say addicted?) Also, my machine just came home from the shop so, I've got a few new sewing projects planned.
Any other Northern Hemisphere knitters still making winter accessories? (Head start on next year, right?) Have those of you in the Southern Hemisphere started yours yet?
By the way, I find I have less to say about knitting projects - what would you like to see included?
Happy stitching! x