It’s ridiculously early for me to begin my gift knitting. It usually happens only after we manage to put up a tree and I notice with horror that there are no gifts under it. December 12 or so.
This year? It’s all different.
I feel so ON IT—such knitterly pride to crack open my copy of MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making and sit down to make one of Thea Colman’s hats. In November, for heaven’s sake.
The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky—glazed layers of color, slightly mottled in the best way, deep and rich when knitted up.
Karida Collins’s color sense is fantastic.
(These are the most accurate color representations—apologies for my own pix below which were taken on a spectacularly gloomy Nashville day.)
I brought home a batch of leftovers from the sample knitting for Field Guide No. 8.
I spent a fair amount of time fooling around with what colors I should pair for the Slip-Stitch Cap.
My conclusion: it doesn’t really matter. They’re all going to be exuberant.
Hat No. 1
I call this my Pom Pom magazine Tribute Colorway.
I made this in one evening.
The pattern is such a groovetastic easy thing.
As I cranked this on my size 10 needles, I listened to HMS Surprise, book 3 in the Patrick O’Brian series of novels about the British Navy. I will forever associate this saffron/millennial pink hat with Captain Jack Aubrey’s mission down the coast of Brazil. The doldrums! He was literally in the doldrums!
Within ten minutes of finishing this hat, I cast on another one.
Hat No. 2
I’ll go until I run out of leftovers. At which point I reserve the right to steal all the remaining inventory from MDK World HQ. We have all eight shades in the MDK Shop at the moment, but they’re going fast.
Possibly because of me.