almost February

So we’ve got about one week til February and I haven’t blogged yet this year. I also haven’t read any blogs, so I’m wondering how many unread posts I’ll have when I log in to my feedly account…

I continued my knitting blitz over Christmas break and then hit a wall. Here’s what I’ve accomplished in the last several weeks.

I made perhaps the best hat ever using this pattern.

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Why is this hat the best? Because it is super stretchy and I can therefore throw it on without messing up my hair. It’s been frigid here in Kentucky lately so it’s been getting a lot of wear and I love it!

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I’m planning to use the skein of gray Jiffy that I’ve been holding onto to make another one. This first one was made from a skein of Malabrigo my mom gave me as a gift awhile back. I did really well at using up my stash last year!

Then I made one.5 flip-top mittens using a gorgeous colorway of Lion Brand Heartland. Hoping to get the motivation to finish them soon.

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I also made this hat by request for the boyfriend. It started out slouchy but we ended up going with a more close-fitting style.

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He is an excellent hat model 🙂 And pretty darn cute too.

He picked the yarn (one pure wool, one wool-acrylic blend), the style, the width of the stripes, everything. There are a few minor things that could be improved upon, but all in all I’m pretty proud of it.

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It’s basically a modification of the hat I made Andrew last year. And I happened to snap a picture of Andrew wearing his hat over Christmas before he headed out on an ice climbing/skiing expedition for school.

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Sibs!
With almost matching glasses.

And so far this year I’ve been hibernating inside trying to deal with the below-freezing temps and subsequent lack of motivation.

I took a long weekend last weekend and went to visit this little girl and her parents.

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And I’ve been working and reading Game of Thrones and taking a couple of classes online (computer programming and InDesign) since I get free college classes through work. I’m really liking both so far and am already thinking about some other classes I’d like to take in the future. It’s been five years since I got my bachelors so having homework is a bit of an adjustment!