I am getting ready to travel, taking with me a red project -- socks, a pair that I intend to keep for myself for a change -- and a coral pink one, in lace yarn. I like to have a mix of easy and more challenging so that I can be ready no matter how long the jet lag lasts.
The perspective of going away always helps me to wrap up loose ends; the laundry gets done faster, paperwork is promptly attended to, work gets a bit more organized. The same applies to my knitting projects; I have a couple that were finished and blocked since my last post.
Olivia asked for a really warm hat that would cover her ears well. She has long hair and wears ponytails so I made the cap extra deep at her request. The pattern is from Charlene Schurch's Hats On! I knitted this one once before; it is my warmest, cushiest hat. For Olivia's version, I kept the cap in plain stockinette instead of a basketweave pattern. The yarn is an undyed lamb's wool, a souvenir from New York's Union Square Greenmarket circa 2005, truly as soft as cashmere but with a nice rustic appearance.
Olivia didn't have time to model the hat for me before she flew back to college. But her sister Sarah, another New Yorker in need of wooly things, came over for a brief visit just in time for me to give her the Noro scarf I had knitted in December.
The fabulous, self-striping scarf popularized by the ever-talented Jared Flood; four skeins of Kureyon went into this one -- two in a yellow-green-pink-magenta colorway and two in an off-white to very light tan one. If I find the ballbands with the exact references, I will post those on Ravelry. All I can say is that the yellow-green-magenta skeins looked rather garish on their own; but combined with the light, neutral tones, they improved 200%. To me the combination looks fresh and crisp.
My model appears to agree.
She instinctively knew how to work those Noro stripes for the photographer.
I was right to call this project "a sure thing" when I cast on. Noro done right is so much fun to handle and to admire. I wonder what a long, ribbed, striped cardigan knitted in one piece could look like. I might just have to investigate this idea further.