About 2 weeks ago, Rob requested a custom designed earflap hat for officiating at the bobsleigh and skeleton track - colours to match their navy blue jackets, extreme softness and warmth(worsted superwash merino), and patterning with a cool, not-at-all-girly Nordic flavour, incorporating the sliding logo if possible. It turns out that kettle dyeing a really dark and impeccably colourfast (don't want it bleeding into the grey when washed) navy took a fair bit longer than anticipated and he is stuck with a black ball cap this week. The yarn is finally ready, so there's still hope for next week's World Cup races - I guess I'll be swatching and charting today!
Get On With It Knitting:
Leafy hat 2.0, waiting for me to chart the revised design.
Puttering along on the first sleeve - still an enjoyable process, but I'm mentally ready to be wearing it and knitting something else.
A classic example of that concept driven knitting I was talking about a few days ago. "Wouldn't it be a cool idea to use a giant gradient-dyed skein of mohair boucle as the colourwork for a yoked pullover?" Except that in real life, the shoulders look huge and 80's and not at all Me. It fits well, and I did finally work out a top-down round formula I like, but unless I think up a way to balance the visual weight of the yoke, I will never wear it.
I have recently rediscovered the sensual joys of handmixed organic tea poured gracefully from a warm and curvaceous pot. So much more satisfying than the prosaic teabag in a mug. But the pot cools off rather inconveniently before I am finished with its delights, which leads me to believe some sort of insulating cover might be in order.... Until now, I put tea cozies in the same category as the pink poodle toilet roll cover I crocheted in my pre-teens. (It clashed magnificently with our 70's bathroom fixtures, but was nevertheless granted a place of honour by my doting mother.) The last thing I need at the moment is another project, but I might have to give it a go. Anyone got some fabulous pattern suggestions?