Dee: Esther’s Place just celebrated ten years of being in business. Truth be told I’ve probably been wanting to visit there for many of those ten years. Well, thanks to glad birthday tidings from my friend Celeste, I finally made it down to Big Rock, IL for a visit.
Celeste, gal pal Terry, and I traveled down to Esther’s Place to take a needle felted bunny class. We learned tips and tricks for mastering the art of needle felting while sipping on tea in beautiful china cups. We then had a lovely luncheon at the studio all provided by the lovely ladies who work there. I had such a great time, it was so well worth the drive. I see myself going back there again some day soon. Perhaps I’ll make the Heartfelt Sheep project on my next visit.
I’m currently working on the Five Pillars Hat for my next hat of the month. I’m using larger than recommended yarn, Cascade 128 Wool and larger sized needles to create a hat that won’t squash a girl’s hairdo. Hopefully doing this will work out well. It looks like it might however the hat is still very much on my needles and not at all long enough yet to try it on for size…stay tuned and happy knitting!
Dee: Well, not exactly a cherry however I did consider making a classic red pompom to top my hat for the month of March, the Big Herringbone Hat. Instead I used a faux fur pompom from the stash of faux fur pompoms that I have apparently accumulated…you may realize that I’m a girl who rarely passes up a good deal on knitting related paraphernalia. Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, this two color hat was a very fun knit. I had originally planned to use Green Bay Packers colors of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Sunshine Yellow and Pine to knit this one up however I recently bought a houndstooth skirt in classic black and white so I was inspired to knit likewise. Perhaps I’ll still knit a Packers version…perhaps not.
So you may have heard that I’ve put a kibosh on buying yarn for the remainder of the 2016 calendar. However, it’s only March and I am now beginning to feel the pull, the allure of the stash enhancement. If I make it until YarnCon in April that would really be something!
What’s next on my needles? I’m still thinking about that. A shawl for my mom? Another hat? Definitely! Or perhaps something with one of my KnitCircus gradients? Stay tuned…until then, happy knitting!
Dee: I love requests, especially when they come from either of my sons. So when son #2 asked for a business casual hat I got right to work. Knowing that this guy craves comfort I knew I’d be using some of that fabulously soft and warm Sweater by Spud & Chloe, that I happen to have on hand in both black and grey to knit up this very casual yet business like beanie for him. It’s a slightly modified version of the Pittsburgh Steelers Hat by Lorna Miser. You can read my notes here for the slight changes that I made.
For those keeping count this is hat number two for the month of February. I’m almost done with my March hat, so you can expect a post about that one soon. Happy knitting y’all!