Monica: When I sort-of moved back to Chicago I moved in with my Mom and sister. They have lived in the same townhouse for over 20 years and they have had a variety of neighbors. This particular set of neighbors on either side have been great. When we see each other we wave and then we all proceed directly to our houses. One day our land line phone wasn’t working and I remembered that our phone line is in the same location as one of the neighbors’ line. So I had to actually talk to one of the neighbors to get her permission to check out our phone line. After that we’d chat for a little bit instead of just waving. Her husband continued to stare at us and not respond when we said hello. Three years ago they had a baby boy in October. I decided I wanted to give them something and quickly whipped up a pumpkin hat for the baby. I tried to drop the hat off personally but every time I rang the doorbell when I knew they were home they didn’t answer the door–typical neighbor behavior. I wouldn’t answer either unless I was expecting someone. Finally after a few weeks of trying to give them the hat I left it on their garage door. That same night the neighbor came over with the baby wearing the hat. I wasn’t home unfortunately but they left me a nice thank you note and my sister got to see the adorable baby wearing the hat. Ever since then we chat all the time and the husband is really nice. So three years later they are expecting their second baby boy and since it’s close to Easter I decided to make them a bunny hat.
Pattern: Bunny Hat by Delia Hamlin
I know it looks questionable but once it’s on the baby’s head it will look like a bunny hat. Really. Without knitting I would not have gotten to know my nice neighbors.
Dee: I’ve been knitting in and around all the shades of chocolate and coffee. It wasn’t intentional, but it happened. I am not a coffee drinker per se but I do indulge in a morning mocha whenever possible. Chocolate and I are definitely very good friends. We get together often!
I ended the knitting year with my favorite wearable knitted piece Mira’s Cowl. I knit it with some Araucania Lace Merino that I got for an exceptional price at Tuesday Morning. The yarn was a very light taupe so I’d consider this a coffee latte heavy on the cream.
My first finished item of the new year was the Classic Watch Cap for my husband in a deep rich chocolate brown shade of Reynolds Soft Sea Wool. Usually Mike is a “no hand knits for me because I’m always too hot kind of guy” but he requested the hat after he got caught out in the polar vortex with some truck trouble.
Next was my Ravellenic project the Dutch Cowl. Sadly I did not cross the finish line or break any world knitting records during it’s creation but it is quite beautiful in two shades of coffee Royal from Blue Sky Alpacas.
Before the Olympics began I started a hat for Heidi out of the Icelandic wool she bought for me in Iceland. I patterned the cap using one of the charts from the Lopi Wool booklet she also sent me. The yarn is in three shades of natural chocolatey brown Lopi wool.
After receiving a lovely green Kumara Diamond Cap knitted hat for my birthday by the talented hands of my friend Kathryn, I decided to jump my queue and knit the same pattern for my friend Mary out of some yummy tweedy brown Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D’Oro.
Currently on my needles is another Mira’s Cowl but this time out of Ella Rae Lace Merino in what was supposed to be a violet but ended up looking more like a very light lavender or baby blue depending on the lighting. This cowl is fabulous. I love the weight of the cowl around my neck. This is a perfect accessory to add to my spring wardrobe should I be able to start wearing it anytime soon. Happy knitting y’all!