Happy Thursday everyone! The Darkside Hat has been doing far better than I even dreamed. So far, 61 people have favorited the hat on Ravelry, 2 people are working on active projects and 10 others have queued the pattern. I'm thrilled with all the interest and am hopeful that those first knitters enjoy the results as much as I do.
My parents are in town for a visit this week and my Mom took one look at the white hat and packed it in her suitcase. Little does she know that I made it from wool I had leftover from her scarf so she'll have a perfect matching set. Maybe I'll try to squeeze in some mitts for her to match before the holidays.
I'm also finally getting around to announcing the winner of the Darkside Hat contest. My apolgies for the delay but it's been a crazy week at our house and I'm just getting a chance to catch up in blog world. The winner of my first ever contest is....DRUMROLL....Lisa. One beautiful skein of Knit Picks DK Swish is on it's way to you as soon as I get an email from you with your address! Unfortunately you didn't leave a way for me to get in touch.
In other news, I've had a bit of a knitting diversion this week. With my Mom in town we decided to tackle making a quilted Christmas Tree Skirt for my new tree.
Here's a photo of the finished product.
I'm really pleased with the results but I have to tell you there are good solid reasons I'm a knitter and not a seamstress! Luckily despite our pattern hiccups we managed to stay in good spirits and knock the project out in about 9 hours of work. It could have been faster if we weren't so error prone and a pair of gigglers!
Here's a close up of my favorite fabric that was used in the project. Aren't the reindeer just too cute???
I've got the second of our Christmas stockings on the needles right now and am hopeful that I'll have it finished by the end of the weekend or at least that is my goal. My friend Ashley is coming over Sunday to take some photos of Sam and to spend some time teaching me how to knit using a chart. Once that happens I'm itching to get started on a project I've had in my queue for Sam. I'll share more details about that soon...