i finished my stripey hat! i had to add pink to the mix because i didn’t have as much blue as i thought, and halfway through it became clear that i would not have enough. but i’m pretty sure the pink just makes it more awesome. while it is loosely based on the noro hat pattern, i did fewer repeats of the purl sections, and i speeded up the decreases because i didn’t want a tall pointy hat. when i wear it, the hat stretches to show the black of the knit stitches in between, instead of only showing the purl sections. i like it a lot, and the timing was only slightly overdue. it has been SO COLD around here for the past week. i’ve been wearing this hat everywhere i go.

i have finished the cuff of my first jaywalker, and i’m on the heel flap. this is my first sock with actual sock yarn and tiny needles, so the going is a little slower, but it’s not too bad so far. the jaywalker pattern is fun and easy to do at work. the yarn i’m using for this (i’ll look it up later) is a little rough…it’s mostly superwash wool with some nylon for strength. on the ball it felt ok but knitting it feels a little more abrasive. but hopefully it will soften up a bit with a wash. pretty soon i’m going to making J some socks out of merino wool so that be a nice change. my hands are torn up anyway from work and how dry it has been.

last friday amy and i went shopping for a few hours to pick up some essentials. since i didn’t finish her purse in time for xmas, i showed it to her in its partially-done state and we decided she could pick out the lining fabric and everything. so she decided on a jungle theme. if i can figure out how to do lining, those four ingredients in the picture will make a lovely purse. we’ll see.

she also bought a purple skein of cascade quatro so i can make her mom some of the ever-popular plain jane slippers. this will be my fourth pair! i’ll get started on those in a bit when i have some more progress done on the socks. crystal has also been asking me if i can make some baby booties and possibly pants for some pregnant friend of hers. she said she’ll buy the yarn but we’ll see if it ever pans out. i was thinking i could do those little devil pants from stitch n bitch. it might be fun, but i need to be careful about saying yes to doing so many projects for people i know. gonna have to start charging beyond yarn.