We got 2 inches of snow on Sunday morning/afternoon, and from yesterday evening until this morning when I took the picture we got a little over 3 more inches of snow. So the ground is once more white with snow, and more snow is on the way on Thursday or Friday, sigh. I just keep saying Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner…..
I finished the Basia hat, and gave it to the intended recipient. She was very pleased. I knit this on size 4, 16 inch circular needle for the ribbing and changing to size 6, 16 inch circular needles and (at the end when it got to small around for the 16 inch needles) size 6 double pointed needles for the crown, instead of going up a needle size for the slighter heavier wt yarn, causing it to be a bit denser and heavier. I used the sport/DK wt Polypay, which dyed up a lighter brown, and a dark brown alpaca, which I hand spun as heavy fingering wt. These two yarns used together was a heavier weight close to, but maybe a little heavier than the worsted wt called for and oh my it will be so warm. I had promised my family member that I would hand spin alpaca for her hat, but since the Basia hat she chose calls for worsted wt and I truly did not want to want to have to do the math for the lighter wt yarn (I’m not a math person :P), I added the Sport/DK wt wool I had on hand which made it a little heavier than a worsted wt. She is happy with the hat, and with the sub zero weather we have been having I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to her winter wear :). I think you can see better the lighter and darker browns together and how they play well with each other :). I forgot to get a picture before she left, she was kind enough to send me one for my blog ;).
1st picture is what happens to 19 inches of snow when the weather is warm for 2 days, We generally have a mid-winter thaw in the middle of January so it’s a little late but at least we have one. The temps were 38 on Saturday, 43 yesterday and suppose to be 45 today but a cold front will be here later today so tomorrow we will be back in the 20’s during the day, but that is still much better than the sub zero temps we had last week. If the ground hog is wrong about there only being 6 more weeks of winter, I’m going to make a big ground hog stew and invite you all over :P.
As you can see I didn’t get the Basia hat done, but I did work on it yesterday and only have 2 inches left before I start decreasing for the crown area, so it should be done tonight, yea! My daughter will appreciate it now that the cold weather is back. I really like the marled effect using the two colors of brown, adds a lot of visual to it. I’ll try to catch that better when I get a picture of the finished hat :).
Hope you all are having a great first part of Feb, SPRING IS COMING!!!
Oh My Goodness!! My son and his spouse went to Disney World and Universal Studio’s to celebrate their birthdays (2 days apart). I asked if they would bring me a souvenir postcard from Harry Potter World at Universal Studios (I am a huge Harry Potter fan.) Never in my dizziest daydreams did I anticipate this! I’m beyond excited!! My son didn’t know what Harry Potter character it might have been from, but they told him it was a healing wand. I’m still grinning like a Cheshire cat! He said they had some of the Butterbeer (for non Harry Potter fans, it is a non alcoholic drink served to the students at Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter Movies, the Butterbeer in the books might have had alcohol in it.) He said that is was really good, smooth and creamy with a butterscotchy flavor. 🙂
I’m about half finished with my daughter’s hat, I forgot to take a picture to put in my blog, but I will get one when I have it finished, which hopefully should be today or tomorrow. I really love the Basia pattern, easy and very visual, it is a paid for pattern.