I’m thinking “project reward” because I feel like I need one right now. I’ve been doing planned knitting and Friday night I will get to do a project that I just want to do–as a reward for my diligence!
I’m so stoked about how productive my knitting has been because of using my worksheets and really planning my time over the past couple of months. I actually pulled together my project reward Thursday night before leaving my office. I put together my yarn, needles, instructions, and planning sheet. Wow. I planned a reward project? Yup. Because I’m excited, but I also want to get it done!
I knit the first sample over a weekend about a month ago. It is a pattern from my archives, but one previously done at a different gauge (and not available at all right now). So there was a little fiddling to get the numbers to work, but it is a pretty quick knit for me. Total knitting time, approximately 4 hours.
I created a planning sheet for this project while I was working on the pattern. All I need right now is to get the pattern back from the tech editor and get photos so I can publish it. I filled out the planning sheet Thursday as I thought about the project.
I am incredibly lucky because I get to work with unbelievable yarn, but also with products I really believe in. I talked Margaret and Susan at From the Mountain out of a sample package of their yarn at TNNA in Indianapolis last May. But since I took the yarn, and it is luxury-priced, I really felt compelled to do something with it. It is heaven to knit, and helps me to feel good about Afghanistan.
The yarn I was given was one skein of worsted and one skein of DK (they have different names, check the yarn info). Long story short, they aren’t exactly the same gauge, but also, not incredibly different. The hat came out perfectly using the worsted as the MC and the DK as the CC. This weekend’s hat will be the opposite so I will have mirrors, but also so I can make the most of the yarn I have–I don’t have quite enough worsted to make a second hat, but I do have plenty of the DK.
I am using the DK as my MC for this second hat and the worsted for the CC. I will make the same size, and use the same numbers, and just see what happens. I’m hoping I can just add this as an option to the pattern so that someone buying one skein of each weight could do the same.
The only change I am making to the instructions is in needle size for the beginning trim and the center of the crown.
I will do the alternate top finish on this one so I can photograph both.