On Saturday we went out for a peaceful stroll around the reservoir, all bundled up against the cold.
My sister wore her new Ashwyn beret in Fleece Artist Lanica, a soft, naturally-dyed merino. I love this green on her! And always feel so happy to give her soft things to keep her warm.
When I started the hat in October, I just went with the recommended needle size because that's what I had in my apartment, and I was too lazy to check gauge. It turned out quite a bit larger than intended. Shame on me for not checking gauge. The saving grace is that my sister is fabulous enough to pull off such a slouch. I never could.
Instead, I had my curious elfin hat, which made a brief appearance on the blog when I first finished it in November. It's in a windspun (literally) wool yarn from Hope Spinnery, a wind-powered spinnery in Maine. I love it. It was the one yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck this year.
I started with several stitches at the top, increased until it fit my head, then knit straight downwards. When I ran out of the gray yarn (most of the yarn was taken up by a pair of mittens that's been waiting since November for some thumbs), I added in some green yarn for the ribbing.
I miss my life in Arizona tremendously, but I'm loving being back in winter again! And being close to family. Nothing like it.