And here’s why:
1- A pattern that I’ve been working on since August has finally been published here, in Twist Collective’s new Spring 2009 issue. This was my first real sweater pattern, and learning to write a pattern with cables that would fit many sizes was quite a challenge. But Kate was amazingly helpful the whole way through, and the result is the Aran Waistcoat.
2- The Poffertjes Blanket, a pattern that was much more intuitive to write, was also published in Twist yesterday, and you can find it here. I totally want to use bulkier yarns to make a version for myself- maybe some Twinkle Chunky or something similar could transform it into a really cozy throw? The blanket is named after my favorite Dutch dessert (blogged about here), and I can say it is just as satisfying to knit as the fluffy little pancakes are to eat.
3- AJD and I have both finally completely overcome our respective illnesses (you should have seen us two weeks back- the apartment was covered in tissues, and we were both feverish, puffy faced, and miserable) in time for a Snow Day! We took a stroll through Portsmouth this afternoon and AJD shot a few photos of one of my newest FOs:
It is the Felicity hat (rav link) in Mmmmmalabrigo’s Water Green. I cast on 90 stitches for this bad-boy, and then followed the pattern as written. The pom-pom weighs down the back and makes the hat droopy like the original. In all, it took one full skein. A wonderfully soft, warm hat, with absolutely no scrap yarn to figure out a purpose for. Stash busting is so satisfying!
ETA: AJD points out that the windows behind me are sort of like the circles of the Poffertjes blanket….