It’s a first: I’ve actually completed a New Beginnings project from the KR Retreat. Yes, I chose a hat, for pete’s sake, but I still finished it!
And none too soon: we had snow this morning and I needed it to keep my hair dry. Never mind that in the photo, I’m in my jammies. You get the idea.
The knitty gritty: Narragansett by Kristin Kapur for Through the Loops knitted in DyeDreams Celestial in Rust on US 4 and US 7 Addis. Started Nov. 22; completed Dec. 6. Completion credited to karma from wonderful pals and Knitting Royalty who helped get it OTN.
I really like the pattern. I had been forewarned that it was mega-slouchy, so I did make some mods, and if I knit it again, will make some others. The pattern calls for knitting 5 inches from cast-on edge before beginning decreases. Having read that it was incredibly slouchy, I opted to knit 4 inches from the edge, and I’m pleased with that. But in spite of getting gauge for the ribbing, next time, I would decrease the cast-on by 8, and probably knit the full 5 inches, and adjust the decreases to be every 17 st instead of 18. It makes me a little afraid it’s going to go slouching right off my noggin.
That said, I do LOVE it. Especially the gorgeous swirl.
I am a little surprised that the yarn didn’t really wow me. The color is lovely – that’s what DyeDreams is great at – but it was nothing particularly luscious to knit with, and its bath didn’t really change that. I do look forward to knitting with their new BunnySox – an angora blend fingering-weight – for serious yummies. (I have a special fondness for dyers who produce gorgeous semi-solids, as opposed to variegateds.) Note: BunnySox does not yet appear on their website.
With another FO notched, I had a horrible realization: I have less than 3 weeks to design and knit a stocking for Darling Bebe. There’s precedent here: all 3 of the nieces have them. You know, names knitted into them, colorwork, the works. DB simply cannot not have one, especially since she actually recognizes Santa this year. I can get a pass until next year on the new nephew since he’s just a few months old. To quote Charlie Brown: AUGH!
You know what I’ll be doing next … and what I’m up to if you don’t hear from me for a bit.