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:

Derek's ski hat:
Pattern: Banff by Tin Can Knits
(modified to add ear flaps)
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, colorways Gypsum + Hematite + BT's Arbor,  colorway Firebush

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

knitting bag // Field Bag by Fringe Supply Co.
enamel sheep pins // Twig & Horn

Isaiah + Judah's elf hats:
Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho
Yarn: Quince & Co. Lark, colorways Parsley + Stream

Janet's cabled hat:
Pattern: Far Hills Hat by Jared Flood
Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic, colorway Diamonds and Rust

John's cabled watch cap:
Pattern: Divide Hat by Emily Greene
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, colorway Granite