I found my (first) beret pattern. I was paging through patterns on Ravelry, found this one and I will look no further. This is IT:
A near second is Norah Gaughan’s Sunflower Tam. But I would like something pretty basic for my first hat. And don’t tweed and moss st belong together like PB & J?
SE Michigan is buried under 6+ inches – our first big snowfall of the year. And it is STILL snowing. It will be a white Solstice, hah.
I had a breakdown last night over the Solstice projects. This was perhaps inevitable and you may not pity me because I gave as good as I got to my poor cohabitants. Hopefully this will be my only “moment” – I am older and wiser after all. I now have 3 of 8 projects done and the remaining 5 are half done, or more. To accomplish this, Matt spent half his evening working on Tessa’s gift (which is not a handknit) and my sister’s gift did a 180. That is, I magically produced a finished object which had been just waiting for the right recipient (hint, see the photo in the previous post). I went from having not even started her gift to finished in less than 5 minutes. Whew.
I feel a lot better.
I also take Matt’s point, over Forage Night dinner (ie, leftovers), that I had sworn I wasn’t going to do handmade gifts this year. That I was going to take a break, take it easy. He’s right. I completely forgot I promised that to myself. When did I change my mind? I think it was a slow evolution. I was always going to knit something for Matt and Zander, I think a hat and socks at first. Then I made that deal with Noah and Abby and Abby’s part became a Solstice gift (Noah’s was his birthday legwarmers). My mom’s gift was a happy accident. Then I must have convinced myself I had enough time to make gifts for everyone else. Except that I KNOW BETTER. I know I need to 3-4 months to work on all of these to do it without insanity. Sheesh. AND I keep telling myself I should make birthday gifts, not Solstice gifts, so I can spread the love throughout the year.
Oh well, better luck next year.
Excuse me, I need to lock my computer in the basement and get back to knitting. And watching Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys for the 351st time.