I can never decide if what I love most about knitting is holding the fiber in my hands, smelling the fiber, or gifting the finished product. All three in equal measure, probably. I rarely knit things for myself because it's just so dang satisfying to give the gift of wool (cotton, linen, etc.). Everything I knit feels at least a little bit like it is mine. After all, only I know where the mistakes are hidden (hopefully). This year I focused on hats to maximize my gift-giving capability, and stretched myself to learning stranded knitting (more than one color in the same row), and to whip out two cabled hats in under a week. The pointy elfin hats pictured are my go-to Favorite Thing to Knit. So easy and adorable. (Specs are below.)
Now on the other side of Christmas, which was sheer delight and joy, I am content to work on fun projects both slow and quick. Pale pink yarn is en route to my doorstep for a baby blanket (not for me, though I wish); I made a tiny stuffed knit bunny for the baby; and I'm using up stash yarn for mittens and hats. Turns out my husband needs a wool hat that actually covers his ears. My field bag (above) is filled with four skeins of Irish wool (via Retrosaria) that I'm ruminating over and smelling . . . a lot. I hope your holiday was truly merry and bright, suffused with love + joy.
for the curious, the pattern + yarn (+ accessories) specifications:
Baby Aurora's ski hat:
Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho (modified) with the stranded pattern of Banff
Yarn: same as Derek's ski hat