Apart from the lack of knitting opportunities, November has been cold, wet, dark and dreary. This is typical.
To recap, the Brixter is out of Cephalopod Yarns Traveller in Casco Bay (which I believe is the equivalent of Blue Lobster in Bugga/Skinny Bugga). I think I have enough left to make a second hat, which is good, because one of my soccer teammates wants one. I did 13 pattern repeats which is okay if I have my hair up. If you don't want any slouchiness or are doing it for a man or someone else with no hair, go with the 11 repeats as written. 3.75 mm needles, and the brim was done on 3.25 mm needles. i think I'd go up to 3.50 mm needles for the brim next time.
Because of the crappy dark and grey weather, it has been hard to get decent photos of anything.
The Cabled Canuck was done out of two strands of Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label fingering weight (70/20/10 MCN) held double. The colour is Summer's End. It feels nice but is actually a little snug. It has fewer stitches and was done on 5.0 mm needles.
Syphillitic Sam was a better model before the dogs chewed his nose off.
So that's the end of the Hat Mojo. I would like to do Brixter again but in a lighter yarn to really showcase the cables. Hmm....I wonder what would happen if I did it using the rest of the Summer's End held double? There's a thought....
Yes, I might actually do that. There appears to be half a skein left, and it's too beautiful to waste.
I did finish the first of the Watermelon Slice socks. I think I'll leave sock #2 for next August's SKA second sock month or whatever.
Sock #1 was started September 1 and finished November 11. The Watermelon Slice pattern is written toe-up, but I prefer my socks top-down, so that's how I did it. I used a Strong heel which works okay. I need to do more socks with that heel to see how I like it. I've only done a couple of pairs with a Strong heel, and Princess has snagged them.
I also knit a pair of Jazz Strings socks for my friend E. Her birthday was this month. I used my skein of Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Vintage Icebox from the Cookie A sock club a couple of years ago.
So that's everything on and off the needles. I am going to start something new today. Not sure if it will be a second Brixter or whether it will be socks. Today is my only knitting day this weekend, and likely this week.
In other news, Princess got called back to work two weeks ago, and I suggested that she might want to paint the downstairs bathroom (the "powder room") with the leftover teal paint from the Lad's bathroom before going back to work.
So she did.
As always, it's hard to capture the actual colour of the paint. (I was going to say "yarn" - Freudian slip much?)
The colour in the bottom photo is not even remotely accurate -- it's far too blue. The real colour is a beautiful bright teal. You kind of get a sense of it in the top two photos on the right hand side closer to the light, but of course there's no sunlight basically between now and May, and the powder room has no windows, so we rely on nasty artificial light.
I told you I was on a bit of a blue kick lately.
If I decide to knit socks, I want to try something using my new Kollage square DPNs. Or I might just be lazy and knit another hat. What I really need is some fingerless mitts for walking the dogs.