Here’s a Monday-morning news flash for you: I still haven’t gotten the knack of brioche stitch, but I’m nearing the finish line of my Hei cowl aka snood. (Note to self: a snood apparently isn’t just a veil/hairnet, as I’d thought it was.)
This was the state of play as the sun started to fade yesterday afternoon. Two more eyelet repeats to go. I never quite achieved total pattern independence on this project. There’s a bit in every repeat where you have to move the marker, and I’ll be danged if I can remember it with confidence.
I’m sad to be getting into the last third of my one and only precious wheel of Rifton in our Appalachian Trail colorway. I’ll have a good bit left over, and I’ve got my eye on Ella Gordon’s Hap Cowl, suggested by a helpful reader. Waste not, want not! I could combine my Appalachian Trail remnant with a skein of Rifton Mono in Central Park Bench (aka green) or Skies Over the Cumberland (aka whisper blue), depending on my mood and the recipient. My unintentional holiday gift pile is growing!
An overthinker’s dilemma: I almost always block my knits, whether they need it or not. (They need it.) But I’m hesitating (hei-sitating har har) on Hei. I don’t want to flatten out the waffle-ish, corrugated texture of the stitch pattern. It looks particularly toothsome on the wrong side. But I know that Rifton gets even softer with a wash, and soft is good.
Still time to think about it.