Let's see what I have been up to lately.
Knitting hats, lots of hats. So far this month I have knit five hats and am half way done a sixth. Hats are super fast and easy to knit. Oh I conquered my fear of the tubular cast on thanks to some good directions over at Knitty. I like it but not as much as the long tail cast on.
Planning a birthday sweater. Some one is turning 30 this year and despite what she is hoping for is not getting a moo-moo for her birthday. I have been virtual yarn and pattern shopping and loving it. I really like that itch you get when you set your mind to starting a big project. We have decided on the Fairly Easy Fair Isle from the Stitch and Bitch Nation book by Debbie Stoller. I fell in love with that book when I was a new knitter and still have a soft spot for it.
College shopping. Nate is getting ready to start his senior year of high school. I know don't get me started on that. So we are looking at schools and I am making spreadsheets and asking everyone I know what schools they like. We went from 80 to 30 to 15 to 10 which we hope to visit in September and October before he decides what he wants.
Watching Project Runway! Love it but it made me realize how awful the Fashion Show was. At the time I was deluded into thinking it was ok but compared to PR it sucks. Sorry Isaac nothing personal. I don't even mind that it is on Lifetime all though all those lady specific commericals and ads for Army Wives gets to be a bit much.
Reading and listening to audio books. Since last time I finished reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler. I am reading Catch-22 (which is kick ass funny) and listening to Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (which is a nice collection of interconnected short stories) I also scored a copy of Darkness at Noon. So after two months I have a very respectable 8 out of 10 on the list so far.
Here is the best hat of the bunch. I made this chullo for my 4 year old nephew Luke. He loves bright colors and hoarding things. This should fit the bill. I made hidden pockets in the earflaps for him to hid his candy and cars and stuff that boys like. I made it out of RHSS so it can be washed and dried all winter long.
PSA ladies Lion Brand has made all of the patterns on their website free so go crazy!