Since the last post, I believe it’s been cold nearly every day. There were no tornadoes in Wisconsin this January, thankfully. I’ve learned to knit.
I never knew just how fun knitting could be. I actually knit most (if not all) of the presents I gave away for christmas this year. I knit an iPod pouch for my sister and brother-in-law. I knit shower soap holders that can double as washcloths for my sister and mother-in-law. I knit some dishcloths for my mother-in-law. And I used some yarn to decorate the outside of a candleholder that contained a flameless candle for my sister to use in her dorm room.
At the beginning of the year, I took a break and didn’t knit anything for a while. My next project was the Not-So-Bulky Golden Compass Hood by Diane Serviss that can be found here: http://earthlyfae.blogspot.com/2008/03/winter-hangs-on-just-like-jilted-love.html. I used a different kind of yarn, but it did the trick.
What I didn’t like about the hood was that it was very airy,and for a Wisconsin winter, that just won’t work. I also thought the bouclé yarn was just not right for this design. So I left its improvement on the back burner while I worked on my next project: The Garter Stitch Loop-Through Scarf by Marci Richardson in the book 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. I loved the way this turned out, despite my beginner’s mistakes. It was thick, warm, stretchy, and pretty in a simple way.
So when I finished, I knew that was how I wanted to modify the Golden Compass Hood. Now, I am working on a modification of the hood that incorporates the same yarn as the scarf, the same size needles as the scarf, and the same decorative edging as the scarf. I am also including a cord or ribbon around the bottom edge to make it tie a little more like a child’s bonnet. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Now I only hope I finish before the cold weather is gone. But if I don’t, there’s always next winter!