At the end of the year I finished a few quick and very easy projects in warm colours, to keep our heads and hands cosy and nice during winter. Both me and the Boyfriend got new hats – his one being another mustard hat, because he lost the previous one; and mine just because I liked the pattern and I had a skein of yarn which seemed perfect for it.
For the mustard hat, I chose once again the Classic World War II Watchman Cap, a tried and tested, easy pattern, which gives a very stretchy and warm hat with a double layer over the ears. I knitted it using Drops Nepal, which is a very soft combination of wool and alpaca in aran weight. I love this pattern and the two different width of the ribbing used in it, and I think I’m going to use it many more times.
My hat was based on Joji Locatelli’s pattern, Field of Wildflowers. I found it by browsing pattern ideas for my single skein of Malabrigo Rios, and I decided to knit it, as I think the stitches make the best use of the variegated yarn and really show the colour changes.
And now I have ‘almost a set’ knitted with different Malabrigo yarns, that I wear with my cream winter jacket and feel warm and safe from the cold wind 🙂
Moving on to non-crafty news, we’re searching for our new home for the (hopefully) last year in Ireland. It’s crazy how fast properties disappear from the market after the offer is first published; especially those with ‘pets allowed’ which are few and far between anyways. So far we’ve been to one viewing (nice house in a village close to Dublin, but the owner wanted to rent it for 6 months and then make us move out for 6 weeks in the summer – no thanks) and have another one set up for tomorrow. The prices are absolutely crazy and our bank accounts are definitely going to feel it, but it’s not like we have a choice. I just hope we manage to find something and move before second part of February, when my work starts again. Keep your fingers crossed please!!!