I was lucky enough to receive a sweet little box of mini-skeins of Bugga! from Cephalopod to design something.
This was quite a long while ago, I am afraid, and my ideas for a design kept changing (at one point I was sketching colorwork mittens), and the little colorful skeins kept getting neglected.
Then we moved across the country. I used bags of yarn as soft, cushiony
barriers for some of the fragile items, so unpacking became a fun game
of "Oh, hello again fiber!"
Finally, in Chicago, the Melt slouch hat was
(As you can see, two of the colors didn't make it into this version. They're still waiting for their day in the sun.)
This hat is roomy and meshy and soft, perfect for keeping the wind off your ears. It's an all-seasons hat that I have been wearing a lot just to keep my crazy hair under wraps. It can accommodate a lot of hair!
It was really lovely working with this yarn. (If you're fresh out of mini-skeins you can use leftovers from Bugga socks!)
(Modeled by my lovely friend since childhood, Eilee.)
It's been interesting and fun to re-knit my Octo Shawl pattern for the Knit A Long. Enough time has passed since I wrote the pattern (last October, actually) that I've had to actually read the directions!
This time I am going a little wacky with the colors and stripe placement.
Stay tuned for more as the shawl unfolds... check out the other baby octo shawls that my fellow knitters are working on!
You may be one of those people too-- people who are always cold. Growing up in Wisconsin, there were plenty of ways to deal with the chill: Prodigious piles of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves; fluffy down coats; fleece blankets... heck, when you enter my parents' house, there is a basket of cozy slippers by the door for visitors.
In some places, people are Prepared. Their houses are properly insulated and they know how to layer.
Living in southern California for the last 5 years, I have become well acquainted with a new phenomenon-- perpetual chilliness in a land known for its warmth and sun. As an Always Cold person, LA nights mean bundling up, even if it never dips below 50 degrees. Because, dudes, our apartment has no insulation. Friends around the city say the same thing: This place is not Prepared for cold.
Thus, this cowl was born. I wanted something to cover my entire neck, to pull up over my face and head if needed, that also had a collar of sorts-- something to keep the chill from creeping up through gaps in clothing. A seamless, snuggly, adaptable THING that could be worn out-and-about just as easily as in-bed-with-a-cold. Also, I wanted it to look awesome on everyone.
When not being worn, the shape confuses people ("Is that a skirt?" "Where's the rest of the sweater?"), but once you stick your head in there, you'll be in love.
This pattern includes instructions for a one-size-fits-most cowl in two gauges/styles (worsted weight, shown in emerald, and sportweight, shown in mustard). Ravelry info here.