In November, I told my friend Cary that I would knit him a hat. He said he needed to buy one and I insisted “No! I’ll make you one.” Then it took me 2 months to fulfill the promise! There were so many holiday gifts to finish. Plus, the first hat I made was too small (my fault for not reading ravelry notes). So, I actually made him 2 hats. The first one went to my son. Here is the finished product:
I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% wool and 50% alpaca) and this tutorial. It’s pretty straightforward. Someone who is experienced with hats wouldn’t need a pattern for this. I’m new to hats. And my first one was a bit of a failure, so this simple pattern was much appreciated!
I made a sweater for my husband! Wow, his arms are LONG. Luckily I took this project on a two week vacation. Otherwise, I may never have finished it.
I used the Cobblestone pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. I was worried about this pattern because a lot of the projects that I saw on Ravelry didn’t seem to fit that well. The men wearing them looked like they were drowning in sweater. I made the smallest size and extended the length. I think a little bit of negative ease worked great, but lots of men don’t want negative ease. Thankfully he loves it and wears it several times a week!
Someone gave this super soft copper-colored merino up for free at Squam. The other yarn is Woolen Rabbit Frolic. The only problem is that it pills a lot (the Frolic doesn’t pill at all). Next time I’ll use something more rugged. Still, definitely a knitting success!