Yesterday, Steph wore the mittens out for the first time. She’s renamed them “Biggie & Fitty.”

As she walked down the street and felt the larger one falling off her wrist, she reluctantly asked if I could perhaps frog it (she used the word “frog!” I still have days where I can’t believe she takes such an interest that she knows that frog is a verb.) and give her two “Fitties.”

Yay! I know I can do that. I even have enough yarn that I can cast on the second mitten without frogging the first. That’s what comes from having a Texan ball of yarn.

I’m getting itchy to get another gift on my needles. I’m trying to be patient, but all I want to do is go to the local yarn shop and pick up a skein of DK to cast on a hat.

However, I have also been using one of my 16” size 6 circular needles to knit my next design prototype. Today, I decided that I need to finish that up so I can release those circulars for use on hats and tea cozies.  I only have two pair of 16″ 6’s.

After all, if I’m going to have more than one project on the needles and all of my projects are calling for 16″ size 6 circulars, I need that other set.

Why did I pick patterns that all use DK weight yarn? What was my brain doing?

No. Never mind. I know what my brain was doing.

“That swooshing rib will be perfect for my boys.”

Tenth Wave Hat
© Natalie Pelykh

“What a gorgeous cabled beret!”

Zimushka hat


Owl in the Thicket hat
© Sara Burch

I suppose I could cast on another one of those darling Flores hats for one of the other girls. In my brain, those two scream “OWL” at me instead of flowers.

Stupid muse.

For today, I’ll just knit away on my prototype. The yarn (a 100% merino which I picked up over at Echoview Fiber Mill) is soft and light and happy.  I’m really close to being done anyway.

Echoes Cowl

See?  I only have part of the last block and one more slipped stitch section to go!  Then, all that’s left is the Kitchener to make it a loop.  Those bright colors will save me in the middle of winter’s frost.  I get warmer just looking at it.

Anyone want to test-knit after the first of the year? Contact me and I’ll add you to my test-knit list.

Ooooh.  If I get that cowl done, I bet I’ll have enough yarn to cast on the tea cozy.


I Talk with the Moon Tea Cozy
© K.M. Bedigan