Ta Da! Joji Complete

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Ta Da!  Joji Complete

I did it! After hours and hours and hours of garter stitch with the occasional eyelet or rib distraction, as well as the periodic color change, and I have a completed Joji ‘Starting Point’ wrap. Or as I like to call it, a “Shlanket.” Thank you Megan H. for coining the term (sorry Stephen West, she came up with it first). A few straggling ends to weave in, and then it’s off to the blocking mats. Woohoo!

 

 

So now what.  Well, I think it needs to be something small.  You know, that you can hold in your lap on a hot day without overheating.  Socks?  Hmm.  Several in my ‘to finish’ basket.  But no, I think a hat.  Or better put when considering my overzealous knitting style, hats (plural).

 

 

Over the past few weeks, while I was toiling away on that huge mystery wrap, several new items crossed my path at the store.  I resisted, focusing on the weekly clues.  But now?  I can indulge!  There’s that awesome Spincycle Versus yarn that needs to be knit up into a sample.  OK, it’ll be the Izel hat designed by Veronika Jobe.  “Slow and Steady” versus paired with The Fibre Company’s Acadia in a lovely burnt orange shade.  And a new book from Pom Pom arrived a few days ago, “Wool Journey – Shetland,” sporting a gorgeous Fair Isle hat on the cover.  I love anything made with that crunchy, sticky, simply awesome for color work Spindrift. But what colors?  There are 2 different versions shown in the book, so . . . yup!  I’m doing both.  How long does it take to knock out a hat, anyway?

Then there’s the new yarn from Blue Sky Fibers, American Scenic.  Oh my golly, my gosh, its spectacular!  I actually moaned in delight when I took it out of the box.  And there’s a free pattern – the East Bethel Cap.  Yay!  I’m thinking the brown color (River Rock) with a splash of red and white along the brim to give it an outdoorsy camping look.  Size 9 needles (a little big for me) – should be done in a wink and a twinkle.

 

 

So, cup of Joe in hand and dogs surrounding me, my hat knitting mornings begin.  You can’t see it, but there’s a ginormous smile on my face as I gaze upon the pretty basket of string in front of me.  Ahhhhhhh, knitting!

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