Set. Match.

I am so fancy!
I am so fancy!

I finally have something that matches. Remember the gloves I finished a few weeks ago? They are officially a part of a set now.

This hat was based off the mitten pattern - Eugenia’s Mitts designed by Mollie Woodworth. I've included women's (20") and men's (22") sizes. The cables pull the fabric in quite a bit and make it less stretchy, so a good fit is important with this one. In the pic, I'm actually wearing the woman's size, though I have a gigantic, man-sized head. It works, but it's definitely snug due to the lack of stretch.

You can grab the hat pattern for free on its Ravelry page.

Cables, cables, cables, cables.
Cables, cables, cables, cables.

My high energy binge on fast knits seems to be petering out, thank goodness. I have a small mountain of washclothes. Well, technically I'm cheating, because if I make a swatch of a stitch for 9-stitches.com (the online stitch dictionary I'm working on) out of cotton, BOOM! Washcloth. Pretty excited about the double duty. Triple, if you count that many of these washcloths will be Christmas presents. I get irrationally happy when things are efficient.

I also finished a Stripe Study Shawl. I am so over garter stitch.

Ready for studying.
Ready for studying.

Pretty happy with how this turned out. I subbed a skein each of Hazelknit's DK (in this case, Lichen and Jam Session) instead of fingering weight, so I was scared it'd end up too small. It's the perfect size, and man, Wendee at Hazel Knits rocks at color. Bright, semi-solid colors on a strong, plied wool base, and she's here in Seattle. That's not going to bankrupt me at all.

This shawl has served me well as I've been racking up college classes on the free MOOC sites - coursera.com and edx.org. I'm learning about the history of China, food science, ethics, and behavioral economics without all the pesky paper writing requirements. I love the internet.