Monday, November 20, 2017

Still NaKniSweMo-ing

I ran into a hiccup with my Vianne yesterday- with just one more row left on the button band, I convinced myself that I really had picked up too few stitches for it. So, I ripped the whole thing out, picked up 50% more stitches, and plowed through again. It looks much better now, and my buttonholes are spaced out better, and I am really happy that I ripped it out and started over.

I started the first sleeve cap last night, and I'm really happy with how it's looking so far. I'll be able to start knitting the sleeve in the round sometime this evening, and I probably need to get the first sleeve done by this weekend in order to stay on track. I don't think that will be too much of a problem, and I should have plenty of time to finish and block this before the end of the month.

I did find a dropped stitch yesterday morning when I was working on the button band for the second time. It looks like it got missed when I was trying to do a k2tog in the lace section, and while it could have been in an easier place to hide, it should be a pretty quick fix. I didn't have a locking stitch marker on me at the time, but I found a rubber band in my purse and secured the loose stitch with that- thankfully I found it before it dropped down further!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Body Down!

Last night after a Netflix marathon, I bound off the body on my Vianne. I decided to pick up for the button band next, instead of going on to the sleeves, because the first secret of Successful Knitting is to Know Thyself, and I know that the last thing I want to do after slogging through two sleeves is to pick up another few hundred stitches.

According to my spreadsheet, the body was about 60% of the whole sweater, which puts me in a really good place for finishing on time, as long as I don't lose any motivation during the sleeves. I will admit, this has been going so well so far that I am feeling a bit more apprehensive than usual about the sleeves. But I also need to start thinking about xmas knitting and an upcoming baby shower for a friend, so hopefully having those things looming in the near future will help me churn the sleeves out really fast.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Most of a Yellow Body

Today is the halfway point in the NaKniSweMo KAL, and I am doing pretty well. I have one more hip increase to go, then a couple more body inches before the bottom ribbing. I'm still having a blast knitting this- the yarn is so soft, and all the different yellows make me so happy. 

I'm hoping to have the body done before the weekend, which should be doable if I get some good evening knitting sessions fit in. This sweater is finally starting to get just a bit unweildy to carry around- I have it in a small project bag now, but I'm going to have to swap it out into a bigger one very soon. My progress spreadsheet is really helping me stay motivated and focused on this, so I'm hoping I won't hit a point of despair during the sleeves.

My NaNoWriMo project is also going pretty well. I'm just a couple hundred words from the halfway point, and my main story is almost finished. Once I'm finished with this main part, I'm going to write a prequel about my villain, and that should get me up to the word count for NaNo. I'm really just thrilled to be finishing my novella, but my competitive streak won't let me quit until I hit 50k words!

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Pattern: Zowza

I am all about big, chunky accessories right now. I can't get enough, I will keep piling them on until I look like a big woolly laundry pile.

Zowza is a thick statement cowl with a cabled chevron pattern. Knit out of a super bulky wool yarn, This cowl is great on its own, layered over smaller cowls, or pulled down around your shoulders.

Zowza is knit flat from a provisional cast-on and grafted.

Zowza is available on Ravelry now, and is $1 off through Saturday, November 18, no code necessary.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Sweater and a Novel Update

According to my spreadsheet, I'm about 30% of the way through my Vianne for NaKniSweMo, which has me feeling really good. I'm doing my best to not get lulled into a false sense of security, though- I know I have to keep steady on this to have a chance of actually finishing it this month. The sleeves are almost certainly going to be a challenge, and they're going to be a third of the sweater. Right now I'm almost finished with the waist decreases, and since I'm modifying this to be a hip-length cardigan, I'll get to coast along for a few inches before starting hip increases.

I'm also making good progress on my NaNoWriMo novel! I'm at 13,667 words out of 50k, which puts me just a tad ahead of schedule. I didn't manage to write much over the weekend, but I've been trying to get at least 2k words every day during the week, so I had a bit of a cushion to tide me over. I'm having a lot of fun with both projects, but it's definitely making my November really crazy already, and we're only a week in! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Finishing the 2017 Fall Accessories KAL

Today is the last day of the 2017 Fall Accessories KAL, and I can't wait to see everyone's projects! I finished my Gorham over the weekend, and I am thrilled with it. This is definitely going to get lots of wear this fall, before it gets too cold for lace hats!

Everyone has until 11:59PM tonight in your own time zone to finish your projects! Finishing means binding off and weaving in ends, but you don’t have to have them blocked.

Since life happens and we're all busy, I'm letting everyone have through Friday, November 10 to post in the FO thread. I will announce prize winners next Monday!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Day Three

It's the third day of November, and I am making pretty good progress on both my novel and my sweater. I made a handy little spreadsheet to keep track of all my stitches and calculate the percentage of each part of my sweater, and I'm just short of 10% complete, which puts me in a great position for finishing this month. I'm not sure yet if I'll need to tear my house apart to look for my missing eighth ball of yarn, but I've marked on my spreadsheet how far this first ball will need to go for me to call off the search.

I've had two good writing days as well, and I'm hoping for a few more before it starts getting difficult. I'm at 5,728/50k words so far, and I'm having lots of fun with my main character and story. My goal is to write every day, but tomorrow is the annual winter bazaar up in the city, so I know I'll probably only get a couple of paragraphs written.

I also finished my Gorham for the Wayward KAL, and it just needs ends woven in and photos taken. I have a couple of cowl patterns I'm working on writing up that I want to get ready for editing this weekend as well, but with the bazaar taking up most of tomorrow, I'm not going to worry about pushing myself too hard.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sweatering and Noveling: The Beginning

And now it is November (how the heck did that happen???), and I am ready to cast on for my NaKniSweMo sweater. I finally swatched last night, and pulled out most of the yarn (I know I have another ball somewhere, but I can't find it, and it's stressing me out because I'm sure I'll need it). I have knit a sweater in less than a month before, but it's been a while, so we'll see how this venture goes.

I also have to start my NaNoWriMo novel today. I'm feeling pretty good about it, but having two big projects starting at once is a little bit foreboding. I tend to have a lot of trouble focusing on one big project for any length of time- I'd rather work on several smaller projects. But this month will be a good workout for my brain, and I love the communities that build up around these endeavors, so I'm going to try my best to finish my sweater and my novel.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sock It to the Finish

I'm trying to get ready for November- I need to dig out my NaKniSweMo yarn, but I've already printed out the pattern, and I've already planned out a significant chunk of my NaNoWriMo novel. Now I'm sitting in a kind of holding pattern, waiting for November 1. I'm not generally a patient person; as soon as I'm ready to do something, I'm usually going to start right away, so it's strange for me to be ready to go on two big projects and to not have started.

Given that I have to pass the time until Wednesday somehow, I pulled out an old sock project to try and finish up. I started these back in January 2016 (!!), and I've got about an inch left on the foot before the toe. It's finally cool enough for wool socks, and I'm really looking forward to having a new pair off the needles.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sweatering and Halloweening

It's looking like I'll either just make my goal of getting the front of my Henri finished by the end of the BK Hipster KAL, or I'll fall short. Either way, I've really had a blast with this KAL, and I have almost half a sweater now! I had been planning on powering through and getting this finished, but I've decided to jump in and do NaKniSweMo instead (more on that later). I'll certainly keep working at this, and I want to get it done by the end of the year, but most of my attention is going to be on my NaKniSweMo sweater. (I'm also going to be doing NaNoWriMo again, because I am a reasonable, well-adjusted person.)

This weekend is going to be pretty busy for me. Tomorrow night is the All-State Concert, which my brother is in, so I'll be going to that, and then the HS theater club haunted house is Sunday and Monday, and it sounds like I'll be helping out with that again. Anemone will also be coming down to visit, watch Halloween movies, and come to the haunted house, so overall it's going to be a pretty good weekend.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A New Cowl

I'm currently actively working on eight projects, and I have at least another fifteen that are "technically WIPs, but I'm not actively working on them right now, but they're not quite in hibernation," so of course the best thing to do was cast on for a new cowl.

I've had this yarn percolating in my stash for about a year now, and after some poking around in some of my idea notebooks and mood boards, I knew what I wanted it to be. My current design projects are all pretty big, so it's nice to have another small project on the needles.

This yarn is delightful- it's so soft and squishy, and the flecks and speckles of color have me completely charmed. It's a bit more pink in person than I managed to capture here, and it's exactly the kind of yarn that makes me smile every time I see it, so I really can't wait to have it all knit up!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekending and Baking and Knitting

I hope everyone had a good weekend! Mine was really great (other than my eBay account getting hacked and needing to be on the phone with customer support before 7am getting it fixed). Saturday night I attended a surprise birthday party for one of my friends, and it was perfect. She was completely surprised, so thrilled, and there was dancing and cake and punch all around.

I also did some baking this weekend, and tried out something new. I've had a jar of lemon curd sitting in my cupboard for a couple of months, and it's usually too powerful for me to spread on plain scones, but I got the idea to create a scone-muffin-doughnut hybrid. I mixed up my standard plain scone dough, added about a quarter cup of the lemon curd to it, and then put about 2 tablespoons of dough into each cup on a muffin tin. I then followed that with about a tablespoon of lemon curd, and topped it with another tablespoon of the dough. I'm calling them scuffinuts- the buttery, flaky dough of a scone, the convenient shape of a muffin, and the creamy center of a filled doughnut. They're the right mix of buttery and sweet and tart, and I can't wait to try it out with other flavors.

Of course, I also got some knitting done. I finished the second lace repeat on my Gorham for my Accessories KAL, and since today is the halfway point for the KAL, I'm right on track to finish on time. I'm loving hearing about people's projects, and I can't wait to start seeing some pictures in the FO thread!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Happy Friday everyone! I've been working on this sweater for a few weeks now, but I've been really bad about remembering to share it. I bought this yarn about a year ago and it's been sitting in my stash since then while I tried to figure out what to do with it. It's not one of my usual colors, but it really called to me, and it's so dark that I  really wanted to make sure whatever I did with it didn't get lost. A couple weeks before NCFF, I got the idea for a grandpa-style cardigan, in cozy moss stitch with deep ribbing and pockets, and I ran with it.

I worked on this quite a bit during NCFF, and managed to get the fronts and back joined before it was time to come home. Since then, I've been working my way through the body in the evenings, and I'm now about halfway from the underarms to the bottom.

It turns out that I really love having a big simple knit on the needles for evenings in front of the TV. I've never shied away from working on cables or lace with an old British procedural playing, but there's something very relaxing about having a big pile of garter or moss stitch in front of me. Perhaps there's something about the approach of winter that's making me crave cozy, simple knits!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I've been carrying around my Henri for lunch knitting, and I'm doing really well on the front. I'm ready to start increasing for the other side of the neckline now, and not too long after that I'll get to decrease for the sleeve. There's no way that I'm going to get this whole sweater finished by the end of the BK Hipster KAL, but I'm having lots of fun participating, and I'm really looking forward to enjoying this sweater at some point this fall/winter.

I'm actively working on five WIPs right now, including a couple that I haven't shared with you all yet, so I'm really appreciating having my lunch breaks dedicated to this sweater. To me, that's the key for juggling multiple WIPs- having assigned times to work on them. I have another project I work on when I'm watching TV in the evenings, and two projects that I switch between for choir practice. I've always tried to have different projects on hand for different situations, but I'm really just now getting the hang of it, and it feels so good to know when it's time to work on which project.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Knitting Along Waywardly

We're less than a third of the way through my Fall Accessories KAL, and I'm loving seeing everyone's yarn choices! I'm just about ready to start the lace pattern on my Gorham, and I'm really enjoying knitting this up again. I'm trying to spread this out over all three weeks of the KAL, and since I'm juggling so many other projects, I don't think that's going to be too much of a problem.

This weekend is my alma mater's homecoming celebration, so tomorrow we're going up to see the parade (my brother's band is marching in it), and Anemone will be running in the homecoming 5k. It's also my five-year reunion, and while I'm not planning on attending any of the official reunion festivities, it'll be nice to run into some of my old classmates.

Anyone else have any fun weekend plans?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Finished: OAL Hetty

Well, I finally have pictures of my finished Hetty! I knit this sweater in three weeks during the OAL, and then I spent two and a half months putting the wrong buttons on, finding better buttons, replacing the buttons, and not taking photos of the dang thing. But all that is behind us now, because Hetty is here and done and marvelous!

I did not end up finishing the dress that I was making for the KAL. It is hanging in my closet, unfinished, and I don't know if it's worth trying to finish. There are some pretty significant issues with it, and I'm leaning toward calling it a learning experience and getting rid of it. BUT the sweater is amazing. I generally don't wear things until I've photographed them, but I've worn this at least four times already. It's by far my new favorite cardigan.

Clearly, I modified it. I added a significant bit of length, so I had to add in some hip increases. Otherwise, I knit it as written. I love the sleeves at their original length (even when I bother knitting full sleeves, I end up pushing them up anyway). I did have a bit of a stumbling block with the bottom ribbing- I misread the pattern and only knit 2/3ds of the ribbing called for. I debated leaving it, but it definitely looked wrong, so after finishing the sleeves I unpicked the bindoff and added rows.

Like I said, this cardigan is pretty much perfect. I absolutely love wearing it, and so far it's worked equally well over dresses and with jeans, which is really all I can ever ask for in a cardigan.

Ravelry Page: OAL Hetty
Pattern: Hetty by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: Copper Corgi 100% Targhee Wool (2015 Fiber Frolic Special)

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Pattern: Easy A

When I first started knitting, I imagined a sweater that I could knit no matter how tired, sick, or distracted I was. I imagined it being all in garter stitch, knit flat, with a longer back than front (so I didn’t have to worry about knitting the two pieces to the same size). This sweater has floated in and out of my imagination for years, and every Fall and Winter I find myself wishing for a cozy garter stitch pullover.

Easy A has some details my original sweater idea didn’t– a tailored I-Cord Collar, optional afterthought pockets, fitted sleeves– but the essence of it is still there. Four inches of positive ease is built into the pattern for optimal coziness. There is also a cropped option, to cozy up in high-waisted leggings or to put on as a snuggly topper over a dress.

Options include: two body lengths, two sleeve lengths, pockets, split hem, longer back.

Easy A is knit in pieces and seamed. Front and back are knit from the bottom up, then the shoulders are seamed. Stitches are then picked up for the sleeves, which are knit flat from the top down. Sides and sleeves are then seamed to finish.

Easy A is available for purchase on Ravelry, and is $1 off through October 14, 2017. The discount is automatically applied when you add Easy A to your cart, no coupon necessary!

Today is also cast-on day for my Accessories KAL! Come hang out in the Wayward Knitter Ravelry group and KAL with us!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Getting Ready

I am so glad it's Friday, and I'm so glad that I have a three-day weekend. The high school fall play opens tonight, and Anemone's visiting to come see it. I've managed to misplace my Henri, and I'm hoping to find it today so I can get another couple of rows done on it this weekend. I also need to get photos taken of my Easy A and Lazy A samples, and I still need to photograph my Hetty from last summer (if I keep writing it here, I will eventually get it done!).

I pulled out the yarn I'm going to use to make my Gorham for my Accessories KAL. I really love this bright orange- it's leftovers from my Cherry Pie Skirt, and I just couldn't let it languish in my stash. It was tough for me to decide what to knit for the KAL, but I definitely want another hat, and I really love Gorham. Hopefully we'll all have fun and want to do this KAL again, and I can re-knit even more of my favorite projects!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Summer Knits in Fall

I finished the sleeves of my Lazy A on Monday night, and yesterday at lunch I did all the seams. It's blocking now, and hopefully will be dry so I can take photos tomorrow. If that doesn't happen, then I'll just have to take photos this weekend, but I really want the photos done so I can start wearing these sweaters!

Right now I'm trying to finish a Cancun Boxy Lace Top that I started way back in May with my Rhombille leftovers. It got set aside over the summer, and then I ran out of yarn halfway through the back and I had to find more, but now there's no reason for me to not finish. It's such a quick knit, and it's so close to done that I really don't want it sitting around, and even though summer's come and gone, I'd love to wear it at least once this year before it's really too cold to do so.

This should really only take a day or two to finish up, and then I'll turn my garment attention back to Henri- I'm not sure that I'm going to finish it by the end of the Hipster KAL, but I'd like to get quite a bit done. Plus, my Accessories KAL starts on Monday, and I'm really looking forward to knitting up a new Gorham hat for myself!

Monday, October 2, 2017


This weekend was my favorite kind of weekend, and I can't remember how long it's been since I've had one this refreshing. I finished writing up the pattern for Easy A and sent it off to TE land, I baked two zucchini cakes with lemon cream cheese frosting (this recipe, for anyone wondering, subbing the gluten free flour blend from this book for wheat flour, and adding a tablespoon of xantham gum). I also made bread, which I can't link to, because it's an amalgam of like three recipes and some of my own opinions on bread baking, but it's delicious.

I finished the back of my Lazy A yesterday, did the shoulder seams and collar, and knit most of the first sleeve. There's about 16 rows left before the cuff, and then I just have the second sleeve and sleeve/side seams to go. I'm juggling an awful lot of projects right now, and there's a part of me that would like to trim down my number of active WIPs, but I know that colder weather just makes me want to cast on even more projects, so I guess I'm going to be swimming in WIPs for a while.

Also, just a quick reminder that my Accessories KAL starts in a week! I'm super excited, and I hope to see lots of you over in my Ravelry Group for the fun!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Knitting and Planning

I have about 37 rows left on the back of my Lazy A, and then it's time for a quick trip to sleevesville. At least, I'm hoping it will be a quick trip. I managed to get one whole sleeve on the full-sized sample done in one day, and these sleeves are going to be more three-quarter length, so they should go smoothly.

This weekend I want to go through my stash and see if anything calls to me for my Accessories KAL. I already have some Knit Picks Swish in Hot Tamale that I've been planning on knitting another Gorham from, so that's definitely on the table, and I have yarn on my bookshelf that I think wants to be another Peony. What I really want is a pair of Fingercuffs Worsted- the original sample was a gift, and while I wear my original Fingercuffs all the time, I could use something warmer in winter.

Fortunately, I still have a week to figure all that out. In the meantime, I need to wind my second skein for Lazy A, and I need to wind up some more yarn for another sweater I haven't shared with you yet. I should get FO pics of my Hetty from this summer too, since I finally swapped out the buttons on that. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Introducing the 2017 Fall Accessories KAL!


Who’s up for a KAL? It’s finally fall, and temperatures are starting to dip, so it’s time to bolster up our stashes of cold weather accessories! Knit something for yourself or get started on your gift knitting- you’ll have three weeks to knit your accessory, so start planning!

All my accessories patterns are eligible for entry in the KAL, and they are all 20% off with the code twkkal17 on Ravelry until the KAL starts. The KAL will run October 9-November 6. If you finish your project(s) during the KAL and post in the FO thread in my Ravelry Group, you’ll be eligible for prizes! I’ll randomly select three winners to receive two of my patterns of their choice.

I'm already thinking through my stash- some of my accessories are starting to get a little ragged around the edges, and I can't wait to work up some shiny new ones! What patterns are catching your eyes?

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Brief NCFF Recap

Well, I'm back! NCFF was amazing, but somehow I have absolutely no pictures from it! It was a great weekend, as always, and I love seeing all my fiber friends from the area in one place. I spent Friday evening and most of the day Saturday working at the information booth, and I got quite a bit of knitting done there. I was hoping to get further along on my Lazy A sample, but I also brought a new cardigan sample and two shawls, and I just let myself pick things up and set them down as the fancy struck me.

I didn't do too much shopping this year- I got three skeins total, plus a few minis, and some raffle tickets (I didn't win either of the spinning wheels, which is a bummer, but maybe next year!). Saturday night a bunch of us hung out in the fiber circle until almost midnight- I was definitely feeling that on Sunday morning, but it was fun at the time!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cables and Fiber Fair Prep

I'm still making steady progress on my Henri, and I'm still totally in love with it. I can't get over how soft the yarn is, how perfect the color is, and how crazy gorgeous those cables are. These are long rows, but I'm getting through a few every day during lunch, and if I have time to knit in the evenings as well I can get a couple more done.

This weekend is NCFF, and I'm going to be working the info booth most of the weekend, so I'll be bringing some simpler projects and design samples to work on there. Actually, everything I'm bringing is mostly garter stitch, which is going to be really easy. They're all different weights though, so hopefully that will keep it from getting boring- I'll be bringing my Lazy A, my Pocketful of Posies sample, and a brand new laceweight shawl sample. I should be able to make some good progress on all of them, barring any emergencies (knock on wood!).

I had to take a couple days off from working on my Henri earlier this week- I stepped on a walnut in my walkway and fell flat on my back, so Sunday evening and most of Monday were spent laying flat on my back. Not fun. I'm still a little sore, but much better, and I'm so glad that I can actually sit up again- laying down is super boring, as it turns out! I'd been planning to get through most of the cable panel before Friday, but we'll see how that goes since I lost all of Monday. Either way, this KAL goes through the end of October, so it's not like I'm in a real big time crunch! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Finished: Zinone

Another finished project! I started this way back in April, and then I had to take a break while I searched for more of the yarn, and then I set it aside while I worked on my collection, and I finally finished it a month ago after picking it back up and going to town on it for a few days. I love this top so much, I'm definitely going to be making at least one more of these!

I knit this at a larger gauge than the pattern calls for, and I really do like how it came out, but my next one will probably be knit according to the pattern. The yarn is a discontinued bamboo/nylon from my deep stash, and it's about the lightest, floatiest thing I've ever knit. I feel like Galadriel when I wear this, seriously.

This was my first time knitting an applied i-cord for the neckline, and it turns out I love it. In fact, I promptly decided to include it on my Easy A, I loved it so much. I've been hesitant around i-cord bindoffs and applied i-cords up until now, and really, it was so easy and delightful, I'm utterly charmed by the end result.

Ravelry Page: Zinone
Pattern: Zinone by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: S. R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo "Sea Life Grey"

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Finished: Stripey

Hi friends! I finally got pictures of some of the FOs I've had lying around for a while, woo hoo! Up first is my Stripey, aka "The Bosom Friend Sweater." My friend Annika was looking to rehome this as a WIP a couple months back, and the colors were totally my jam, so I immediately scooped it up. It worked out perfectly, because I really do love the stripes and the colors, and we have a similar bust measurement (thus the "Bosom Friend").

This came to me as a front and a back attached at the shoulders and with a finished collar. First I wove in all the ends, and that took...a while. I think it probably took three hours, but then I was able to pick up and work the sleeves. Once that was done, I seamed from the bottom of the sides up and along the bottom of the sleeves, and presto! I had a finished sweater.

This thing is so cozy and squishy and I love it. I really can't wait for the weather to start cooling down so I can wear it. The astute of you may notice that I cut even more of my hair off! I loved the bob, but I really needed something more dramatic, so a month or so ago I did another big chop and I love it.

Pattern: Tweedy--Stripey by Leslie Weber
Yarn: Harrisville Designs Highland "Charcoal," "Camel," and "Aster"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pattern: Obregonia

I’ve always loved cacti– even as a small child, I’d beg my mother to let me have a cactus in my room. She always refused, probably (rightfully) cautious of what a troublesome combination my clumsiness and a cactus’ spines would be. As soon as I moved out to college, I got my first cactus, and it still has a cherished spot in my indoor garden.

I also really love lace at large gauges. Gimme a bulky or super bulky-weight lace knit and I am in my happy place. So when I got this bright skein of Berkshire Bulky, I instantly wanted to do a fun lace accessory- a statement knit, but a wearable one. Of course, the color made me think of cacti, and this hat grew from there.

Obregonia is a bulky lace hat that works up quickly. The large-gauge lace is fun and engaging, and as always the pattern includes both written and charted instructions.

Also, since my Birthday Sale is still going on through midnight US Central Time tonight, you can get Obregonia for 27% off with code "HB27"!