So. Last week I started a new sock. (I see you rolling your eyes. Stop it.) It went great! The fastest sock I have ever knit! I loved the colours and the yarn, and how I was knitting it (top down, after thought heel) and all that good stuff. I was so excited when I got it done. Four days! I knit a sock in four days!! That means I could have a pair of socks in just eight days! Right? Right??!!? Absolutely! Except…
Neighbours are just in the process of adopting a baby. He came to live with them this week. Clearly that calls for some sort of celebration, and we all know that a new baby needs something knitted! What sort of neighbour would I be if I didn’t welcome the little guy properly? The fact that I love, love, love knitting wee baby stuff has nothing to do with it, of course. So, also quite quickly, the required hat fell off my needles.
A nice stripey little hat, meant for next winter, made out of some soft stripey scraps I had in the bin. One was Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit yarn, and the other was… ummm…. something else stripey. No idea, sorry. Cast on 80 sts, rib for a bit, alternate yarns every 2 rows a la the Turn a Square cap , standard swirly decreases on the top, add a tassel and lookie here, you made a hat! Nice. I love patterns like that.
And now that the hat is done I can get back to my super fast sock, right? Sure, yeah, that was the plan for today. Until I saw these, and these, and went to look at the swap pictures here . Aren’t they pretty? I know, some of you are saying “pot holders, Heather? Really? Potholders?Lame!” Ok, so potholders aren’t high art, but they are a wonderful exercise in colour, texture and shape. You can cram all sorts of colours onto a potholder, just to see how they look. And if its not so great? Well, it’s a potholder, not a blanket, or a sweater, or something else that has sucked up a lot of time and effort. It’s really just for fun! It’s a great summer project! It’s quick and easy! It’s… so easy to get sucked into! Pattern books have been requested from the library. Yarn ahs been purchased.
If you need me, I’ll be in the corner with my hook.
Oh, the socks I mentioned? They are a gift, can’t post the pictures here. But here’s the Ravelry link if you want a peek.