Yesterday afternoon was the kind of day that is perfect for knitting - gray and chilly. So I curled up on the couch, pulled out that lone skein of Lang Tosca that I purchased a couple months ago with Cara while on our mini yarn crawl around Manhattan, grabbed Deb Stoller's new book Stitch n Bitch Nation and cast on for the basic cable hat by Christine Quirion. A few hours (and a viewing of The Wizard of Oz on TNT) later, this little puppy was born:
Nice, eh? I'm pretty pleased. Since this is a bulky yarn instead of worsted, a few changes were made to the pattern, mainly casting on 72 stitches instead of 96, using size 10 and 10.5 needles instead of 7s and 8s, and then reducing the pattern repeat from 4 to 3 times. This last decision was mainly due to me worrying about not having enough yarn. In hindsight, I think that it would have been fine to do all four cable repeats before starting the decreases. The hat fits my head fine, though. Had I done the extra repeat, it might have been long enough to cover my hubby's ears and would have made a great stocking stuffer, but I suppose one more hat in my wardrobe won't hurt. ;)
Yesterday I also *finally* blocked the vine lace scarf (which is also for myself - see Hilde Kaiser's article Don't Give It Away in the new Knitty for a great perspective on knitting for yourself) and the yellow scarf for my nephew. I have blocking pictures but they came out horribly, so I'll post pretty FO pictures later instead. Last, but definitely not least, here's the progress as of last week on my grandma's bed jacket. Goal is to be finished with the body and well onto the sleeves by Friday. Should be reasonable. Isn't this handspun yarn just scrumptious?!?
And finally, a shot of my very strange (and sadly bordetella-ridden - again!) pug. He's not feeling well and has been on antibiotics, bronchodialators, and cough medicine for the past 5 days. He must have been a little chilly, though, becase he went and got his sweater for me to put on him so he could wear it while I sat and knitted. I do believe that he is the only dog who loves wearing clothes so much that he picks out his own outfits. Which reminds me that I need to knit him another little doggy sweater...