My crazy holiday gifts are moving right along. Up there you see the cowl (the recipient does NOT read my blog thankfully) which is nearly done at this point. I'm a bit worried that it's going to be more snug-fitting than I intended and hoping that a good blocking will make it the loose cowl I envisioned when I started it. I'm knitting it from Cascade 128 Superwash, a new-to-me yarn that has a much nicer hand than most superwash wools I've tried. While the fabric itself feels quite lovely, knitting this thing has been killing my hand. I can't decide whether it's the baby cables and twisted stitches or the yarn that's doing it, or maybe it's just the combination of the two? Who knows! Either way, I can't knit on this too much at once or my hand starts throbbing. Considering that I had surgery almost a year ago I am really not enjoying the idea of still having pain in that hand . . . so I'm blaming the project, not my hand. Luckily the project's already nearly finished!
I did take a little detour from the gift-knitting this morning though:
This is a simple stockinette hat I'm whipping out for myself because I just really NEED a hat now that the temperatures have dipped below freezing. I'm using a skein of the Classic Elite Stormy I bought years ago to make a cardigan that never materialized. Having started only this morning before work, I've already made significant progress. I'm aiming to finish this tonight so I can wear it ASAP because it's much too cold to go out without a hat on! Oh and before anyone points out that I really should be knitting this in the round, hold your horses. I can't find any of my DPNs right now so knitting it in the round isn't happening. And yes, I know about magic loop and knitting with two circulars, but no, I don't like either of those techniques more than seaming!
Hope you're keeping warm wherever you are . . .