Monday, November 10, 2008

Purple warmth and an evening for myself

Over the weekend, I finished the Koolhaas hat. And just in time too! Our lovely warm temperatures of the weekend and last week gave way to a nice, brisk morning today and gave me the opportunity to wear my new hat, although not the matching scarf (it was only 40ish - it wasn't that cold).

The matched set:

Linen stitch scarf and Koolhaas hat in Queensland Rustic Wool, knit on size 9s and 7s, respectively.

I knit what the pattern claims is the man's size hat because the woman's size was too short - it didn't cover my ears, and that's a requirement I have for winter hats.

The scarf will be really great when it gets cold enough to wear my coat and I need something to block the wind and cover my face. It's long enough to wrap around my neck twice and still easily tuck into my coat. It almost makes me excited for winter!

I really like the way the yarn looks in both patterns, although the two effects are quite different - not just in appearance but in texture. The hat is delightfully thick and squishy, while the scarf is just as delightfully firm and drapey. All in all, I'm quite pleased with the results. :-)

It's been several weeks now since I've been able to really relax (perhaps unsurprisingly, this coincides with Mr. Darcy's departure for his ship and his suddenly being quite busy and not able to spend nearly as much time talking with me as I'd been used to), partly due to parenthetical statements, and partly due to my workload at work and school. My plan for tonight was to work late, and then come home and work on homework. But tomorrow's a holiday, so I didn't stay very late at work, and this morning I learned that my homework isn't due until Thursday. So I shelved the responsible plans when I got home, poured myself a glass of wine, got a book, and took a bath. It was, really and truly, the first time in weeks that I've been able to relax without feeling guilty about the work I was putting off. In short, it was fantastic. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to continue my lovely evening by more reading and some knitting on the navy tweed blob with sleeves (which is coming along nicely, actually):


Sophie said...

You chose lovely yarn for the navy tweed blob; that's an excellent shade of blue.

So, you're hoping for winter, are you? May I send you some of ours? You'd be able to wear both of your newly finished knits here.

Anonymous said...

What a great set! Same yarns different pattern, so they go together, and they don't! How cool is that!