After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October. September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting. This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!
What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere! I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!
Yesterday evening, just as the last bits of color were fading from the sky, Mr. N and I decided to take advantage of the dry evening and pop out for an evening walk. Even though it’s only early September, it’s already feeling quite cool in Lancaster (or “fresh” as I’ve noticed the weather reporters are calling it). Unfortunately, the delivery of our things from the US has been delayed, so I don’t even have a jacket with me at the moment, but as I was about to walk out the door, wrapped up in my Starting Point, it occurred to me that I do have a woolly hat with me — my Talmadge Cloche, which I finished just before we left Los Angeles! So I popped it on and resolved I’d remember to tell you a bit about it before the weekend was out.
My knitting and I are off for a ladies’ weekend in New York (bridal shower and bachelorette party for one of my best friends — I don’t know how much knitting will be done, other than on the train!) But before I head off, I thought I’d pop in for a quick round up of Friday Favorites.
This month’s A Year of Techniques project is the irresistible (I should know, I tried to resist!) Alex the Mouse. I’ve never knit a soft toy, but so far, it’s fun — maybe a knit narwhal should be next?