Two outta three ain't bad. I was able to finish this hat for my 16-year-old niece in time for her to wear it on Christmas morning.
It's the Brambles Beret and it was so much fun to knit! It looks way more complicated than it actually is; just a few rounds of cables and some seed stitch. I used Berroco Vintage in charcoal. It's a little bit darker in life than it photographed here.
I've never given handknits as gifts before (other than to Steve and Silas) so I was a little bit nervous about their reception. Hats, especially, are such a personal thing that I was worried I would miss the mark on what's "in" with the kids these days. But, I think she really liked it.
I was also able to finish a Farm Beanie for my 13-year-old nephew. This is actually the pattern that Steve chose for his Christmas hat and I thought I'd give it a trial run. It's super fast to knit, but it still as a little bit of interest with the slip stitched ribs (which are a little bit hard to make out, but they're there!). I used Plymouth Encore DK in wedgewood blue and light blue.
Only one niece's hat left (plus Steve's and Silas', but who's counting those?). I'm pretty in love with the Lotus Hat, and can't wait to cast it on. As for reading, I'm just finishing up Playful Parenting, which I would highly recommend. I have a lot to say about it, but I'll save it for another post. My keyboard is acting wonky this morning I don't think I can handle trying to actually write something substantial on it right now!
Joining Ginny at Small Things.