This one's kind of a cheater, because it's also... a cowl!
Pattern: Neck Warmer Hat by Elissa Sugishita-- from the book Knitted Gifts. I have flipped through this book numerous times, but for some reason this "hat" never jumped out at me before. Maybe it's my subconscious brain trying to tell me "Enough with the hats already!" Sorry, subconscious brain, we still have 35 to go! Anyway, the pattern is very simple-- just the thing for showing off a special yarn...
Yarn: Diakeito Diarufuran. Discontinued. Japanese. Absolutely gorgeous. It was a gift from Vickie that I have been treasuring for several years now-- and lamenting that purple just isn't my color. I was nervous about finally using it... and I'm not going to lie, it was bittersweet. There's enough left over for a pair of matching wrist-warmers-- though I will be sorry indeed to see the end of it.
The Bottom Line: I was hoping to savor the experience of knitting this a bit more-- one of the drawbacks of a frantic knitting agenda, I suppose. But now that it's finished, I just want to stare at it all day long.
I'm shall be deliberately AWOL from blogging until next week... this weekend I have a reunion with four lovely ladies I went to college with, and I'm not going to allow myself to get into a bad mood to spoil the anticipation. Perhaps a bit of girly fun will recharge my creative battery...
*Okay, nearly two weeks... !