It has been a harsh icy winter season here in Idaho which makes me want to hybernate.  There is nothing quite as satisfying at the end of a cold day as hopping into cozy jammies, fuzzy socks, cuddling underneath a heap of blankets with my love, knitting something completely mindless while watching (or falling asleep while attempting to watch) movies. Currently on my needles/hooks:

Falling for you gloves from the Knitters Bible:Knittted Accessories by Claire Crompton I am working in Cascade Ultra Pima, Organic Pima cotton (SQueEEE). This yarn is so yummy!

Every year I knit myself something lovely for my birthday. This year it is the Honey Cowl by Madelintosh knit out of some of my handspun 2 ply.  Now if I could put down the cotton I might be able to actually finish this one before my birthday.
Winter also makes me super nesty, I start to crave all manner of fibery home comforts....This is a bath mat that I just couldn't resist. I feel a few more of these babies coming on as soon as this one is finished. 

Out of sheer necessity was this pattern created. In 2006 I made it to warm the head of my third child after realizing the majority of the newborn hats I made for her were too short. I was amazed at how long it actually fit her (about 2.5 months) Since then, this pattern has become a mainstay for me when knitting a gift for a friend or knitting for charity.

This hat is a fantastic stash buster as it takes very little yarn-the perfect solution to those odd balls of leftovers! There is a lot of room for improvisation with different stitch patterns on the brim, adding stripes, cables, pom poms, intarsia or whatever your heart desires. Because it is knit up on 10.5 needles it is very quick and the fit is perfect!

Happy Knitting, Friends.
Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 0-3 (3-6) months

-Needles: 1 set of 4 US #10.5 DPN's
-Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn, light worsted double stranded, bulky for a warmer and tighter fabric (will have less stretch knit in a bulky)
-Notions: stitch marker,tapestry needle

7 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Using long tail cast on CO 44 (48) sts
divide sts beween 3 DPN's and join for working in the round being careful not to twist stitches at the join.
PM to mark the beginning of round.
Knit around in stockinette stitch for 4" (5")

Decreases at the crown:
Row 1: *K5, K2TOG* repeat between** around
Row 2: K around
Row 3: *K4, K2TOG*
Row 4: K around
Row 5: *K3, K2TOG*
Row 6: K around
Row 7:*K2, K2TOG*
Row 8: K around
Row 9: *K1, K2TOG*
Row 10: K around
Row 11: *K2TOG*

Cut yarn leaving a 3-4 inch tail, with tapestry needle weave tail through live stitches, turn hat inside out and securely weave in ends.  


Who knew that digging deep inside oneself, to explore the authenticity that has always existed could give way to a new season of artistic passion? My handspun yarn is a byproduct of an enthusiastic lust for color and texture.

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