as i begin to realize i will not only meet deadlines, but pull samples off blocking squares weeks early, i start to scan my stash for those laying-in-wait hanks and skeins gathering dust. i finally cast-on for hubs' new hat yesterday and had the last tail woven before he got home. i've had the yarn wound and waiting since... september? well, better late that never and it's pretty perfect for him. i think i'll offer it up as a free pattern soon so, more details to come. today i swatched and cast-on mae's christmas hat. it's no secret any more that mama will be knitting you something so you'd better be involved in the process so that you actually wear it! i began the decreases before finally putting it down tonight.
as usual, she picked red for the main color and chose a fair isle pattern she liked (that i did not use but she didn't seem to notice). i think i might surprise her with some matching mittens... we'll see. the yarn is fantastically sticky wool - great for color stranding, not for wearing against the skin. i picked up the three skeins at vogue knitting live. i'll take some real deal natural light pictures when it's finished and blocked. i also want to use all three colors for the pompom. mae is REALLY into pompoms and i have an idea that might blow her little mind.
in other related news, you may have noticed the new website header. on the drive home from VKLive, hubs said he thought it would be cool if my logo was two knitting needles that said "pink" and "brutus" with yarn in the middle that said "knits". i thought it would be cool, too so i made it happen. i suppose i should give him credit for his stroke of genius.
the boy hasn't said anything about it yet. i wonder if he's noticed.... he has been working on a new cardigan for ages without sharing ANY of the delicious detail over in his neck of the blog. he says he changed to a different web browser and it made his blog go crazy and he can't post anything until it's rearranged properly. the suspense is truly killing me.