A new year!

I have been slow about blogging over the holiday, not because I was so crazy busy knitting last minute gifts, baking, cooking, or traveling to family homes in a whirlwind, but just because it’s good to unplug sometimes. Matt, Zooey, and I had a quiet Christmas at home since we were all feeling a little under the weather and the actual weather included a bunch of predicted snow. We stayed cozy and cooked and spent time together.

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I managed to do a little secret Christmas knitting for Matt. The pattern is Howlcat by Alexandra Tinsley.

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It can be worn as either a double-layered hat or a cowl. I thought it would be a nice hat for super cold days and a cowl for winter wind on bike rides. I used Sublime Organic Merino Wook DK in color 190, and Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Watery (number 152). Both of these yarns are “DK” but there is a huge difference between them. The Sublime is lofty and feels so much more like a worsted. The Felted Tweed seems like fingering to me, but it does bloom a bit. I had to go down two needle sizes with the Sublime and three needles sizes on the Felted Tweed part to get the right gauge.

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It seems appropriate to have a cat in one of these photos.

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I hope everyone is having a great New Year! Ours is mostly quiet so far. I’m relishing the last two weeks before I return to work three days a week. As much as I feel ready to have normal, not-completely-baby days, I will miss her like crazy on those days. After about three hours right now I get tetchy and ready to see her. We’ll see how it goes.

11 thoughts on “A new year!

  1. Wow! I’m still sorting out how that pattern works, but it seems awesome! Merry Christmas and Happy 2013! Good luck adjusting to your new schedule– hopefully three days a week will strike a good balance for you.

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