Well, now I feel a bit silly. I'm glad that's over with. Onward to the knitting!
I guess the hat frustrated me pretty good because I just had to fix the situation. It was nothing that a trip to my LYS couldn't cure.
Pattern: Triple Patterned Watch Cap, from Hats On! by Charlene Schurch, size medium
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool
I took Jim to London Yarns and Machines, walked him over the Mission Falls wall o' yarn, and told him he could pick any thing he wanted for his hat. He chose these colors and even specified which was to be the main color and which was to be the contrasting color. I don't think I would have come up with this combo, but he really likes it. It does remind me of green and blue plaid, and of the green trees and blue skies that I sat under as I knit it. I hope the warmth of these June days will warm his ears during February's frost.
This was my first time using Mission Falls and I have mixed feelings about it. I like that it is four-ply, superwash, and reasonably soft, but one of the green balls had a half dozen knots in it. That is really unacceptable, except I was driven and so I accepted it. I'd like to see how it wears and I'd also like to see it knit into cables. I'm thinking that because it's four-ply, cables would really pop. The hat took almost all of the two balls of green and just a little bit more than one ball of the blue. I also bought some for a hat for myself. If there are leftovers from my hat as well, I might put them all together for a third hat. I think it's wise to be thrifty about it since it cost me $55 for 8 skeins of yarn.
Also this weekend, I shrank Jim's sweater. He was pretty philosophical about it. He figures I owed him one because he shrank my sweater. But he did say he was disappointed because he really likes his Spiral Yoke sweater. Fortunately we had someone else it could fit.
Luke loved the cuddliness of this sweater. It's only slightly fulled, but it's really soft. There are great bison-sized pills on the hem. I don't think I'd make another sweater from this yarn, I don't care how much Jim likes it.
One last picture to share. This one warms the cockles of me heart.
The boy is catching up to his Dad fast. We're going to hug him and bug him while we can.