While I think that most of the hype about New Years is just that - over sold hype that makes us feel bad about ourselves and at the same time that we might actually have the power to change ourselves. So I think that starting a new diet or exercise routine might not be the best idea right now, but I think that change is still possible, if we learn from the past and are brave about the future. I suppose that's what this is for me, an experiment, turning over a new leaf.
I've been knitting for years and spent the early part of that knowing only cast on, knit, purl, cast off (my toys had lots of cool blankets and beach towels). Lately I've been trying new things and having more fun than I imagined. I want to do even more though, learn more, do more, encourage more, share more, so here I am.
This is my first FO of the year:
Pattern: Odessa from MagKnits
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Verdes (from their varigated line)
Needles: size 9 (US) bamboo DPNs
Modifications: Since the Malabrigo has a much larger gauge than the recommended Rowan Cashsoft DK, I used the size 9 needles and cast on 100 stitches. I used size 9 needles thoughout, so the ribbing at the bottom of the hat doesn't pull in like it would if I had used a smaller size like recommended in the pattern. However, I wanted a hat that wouldn't crush my curly hair, so its bigger size and loose bottom is just great.
I loved this project because the Malabrigo is one of the softest yarns I have ever felt and the pattern was interesting, but easy to master and remember. All in all, it's a great hat just in time for the cold weather!