New Year, New Knitting

Happy New Year! I know, January is almost over at this point, but since this is my first post of 2016, I still wanted to wish everyone a happy new year. I have a bunch of new projects to show you.

First, I've made a couple of baby hats from that wool-alpaca blend yarn I got from Videnovich Farms back in November at the Hyde Park Handmade Market. I've already given away this hat (the baby is due in February).

I'm holding onto the other hat for the second baby, who isn't due until May. BTW, the color in this picture below is much more true to life than the color in the picture above. I was impatient and took the picture above at night under artificial light, so that's why the color is off. The moral of the story is that natural light is almost always best.

Second, I finally used some lace weight yarn that a friend gave me as part of a pay-it-forward initiative on Facebook. I knit two separate cowls (I cast on 145 stitches with size 8 needles and knit in the round until they were about 17 inches deep).

Then I tucked one cowl inside the other.

Then I draped them ever so artfully around my neck with the edges rolled.

I think it looks great and I've gotten tons of compliments when I wear it. I freely admit that I stole this idea of a cowl within a cowl from a scarf that a friend and I saw in a store last October.

Finally, I'm in the process of knitting yet another cowl for myself. Is it possible to have too many cowls? I'll let you know if I ever find out. Naturally, I'll post a picture when I'm done. I wish you a very productive 2016 filled with lots of fun projects.