In addition to thoroughly enjoying last night's opening ceremony, the hours of tv time enabled me to whip out another project: a hat and fingerless gloves for Naomi.
I'd picked up this handspun yarn at a Renaissance festival last year. When I went hunting through my stash for it I was originally thinking that I'd use it to make a pair of socks for me. But once I'd unearthed it, I saw that it was worsted weight and only had 142 yards - not enough for a pair of socks. So I figured that I'd make a hat instead. I used Ravelry's pattern finder to find a good free pattern that uses this weight of yarn - I stumbled upon Purl Bee's Simple Pleasures Hat. I used this pattern as a guideline, rather than following it exactly. Although the original pattern is super cute - I could see making one exactly like this.
I wanted a simple pattern that would showcase the handspun yarn. However when I was finished I felt like it was just 'meh'. Nice enough, but nothing to get excited about. I felt like it needed a little something something. Many moons ago I'd made this little felt flower from a Martha Stewart kit and decided that it would be a cute addition.
Once the hat was complete, I still had some yarn leftover, which is why I decided to make some matching fingerless mittens. These are extremely simple to make. I cast on 24 stitches and knit in the round until the palm piece reached where the thumb hole should start. Then work back and forth for the a couple of rows to allow a gap for the thumb hole. And finally knit back in the round again for the length that you'd like the mitten. Very simple and very fast. I wasn't convinced that Naomi would even wear these - I haven't been able to keep any gloves on her before now. But she really liked them. Another success.
OK, back to the games, and my most recent project - a Citron shawl using this lovely yarn.
Bye for now,