What? I still knit?
Here's my friend Robin modeling a modified Odessa hat (Pattern by Grumperina) in honor of her two and a half month trip to New Zealand. She'll be wandering all over New Zealand and even though it is Spring over there, I thought she could use a head covering while scouting for birds. (She birds, I knit.) Also, I like to think that if a bird poops on her head, well, the hat is also machine washable since the yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Superworsted, colorway Moody Blues. So I guess I made a poop shield as well as a head warmer. (Oy, the search engine stats will be wonked out by that sentence)
Here I am wearing the hat before it was blocked, somewhat blurry in my bathroom mirror in the middle of the night.
While blocking, I noticed my water was consistently bleeding blue so I threw it into the washer on gentle. Um, well, yarns sometimes bleed color, so I'm glad I washed the hat before Robin wore it, "glowed", and found herself with a blue forehead.
Modifications: I had some leftover worsted weight yarn and not a lot of time to make her a hat, so I adjusted the gauge of Odessa to fit a worsted weight yarn by casting on fewer stitches. The pattern repeat is 10 sts, so just go down to whatever you think would be good. I rather like this pattern and yarn for a man's hat, too, so I'd probably cast on 90 to 100 for a man's Odessa, sans beads.
Shoulda-Will-Next-Time: The crown of the hat is too small for tall Robin and I'd knit 6 inches or even a little more before starting decreases. Also, the side slanting swirl might look cute with a cable pattern, so I'll be keeping my eye out for a left slanting cable.
Also on the needles is the Honorine sweater, another great pattern published by Magknits and designed by local designer Fathom Harvill aka Emily. The yarn is shop yarn in Pure. Alas, despite the sweater being a good bit of knitting, the never ending sleeves (bracelet length? Haha. I should have knit the short sleeves 'cause it'd be done!) aren't very good blog fodder. Neither are the four body pieces. In fact, any of these pieces looks like a lovely gigantic swatch. In a pile, they look like a pile of big swatches. As one who likes to eat her favorite foods last, I've also put the lace knitting at the end, so I have something to look forward to knitting before finishing. A review of South West Trading Co.'s Pure Yarn, 100% Soy Silk, will be posted when I finish this sweater.