Something pretty cool happened to me the other day. I’d had a yuck week and was struggling to get motivated while feeling down one friday morning, when I saw this. I’d won Andrea Mowry‘s designer anniversary instagram contest. I guess my blues weren’t anything too serious because they were left in the dust as I scrolled through all of the patterns this would include (all of her designs thus far) and mentally noted what I did and did not have yarn for. That was my entire morning.
So this is my first pattern to knit from the giveaway. It’s a cute little cabled beanie that shows off this beautiful skein of Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn‘s merino Aran in Lakeside. Guys, I had no clue how gorgeous this color was when I ordered it via my tiny phone screen. It is the best blue! I was so pleased to use it for one of Andrea’s designs.
Now, it wasn’t blocked at the time of these photos, but I just take the photos when I can get out in some decent light, especially in the fall. You can see that it fits great as is, but I’ll get a little more slouch out of it with a good blocking. That should happen today, as I have tons of knits to block and lay out all over my house to dry.
Details: I made no mods for this pattern. I used US size 3 needles for the ribbing and size 5s for the hat. I have another of Andrea’s hats on my Christmas gift list: GO! then I’ll be focusing on brioche with a Vintage Prim, Marley and Briochealiscious, which I ordered some Hawthorne and Stroll sale yarn for the very day I won the contest.
I’ve knit one other hat from Andrea (Kingsley, which I’ve knit twice) but have been wanting to try one of her shawl patterns. I think it’s crazy how much she has produced in just one year of designing. That was a massive prize! And there is not one pattern in there that I do not want to knit. But, the aforementioned brioche projects and Modern Mukluks are the ones I want to try first.
So my Christmas knitting looks to be all for me, except for the Go! hat (though I did give something away early). What about you? Are you being the generous knitting type or the semi-Grinchy type like me?