Okay, so I actually have a ton of finished projects to share (including the dress I made for my cousin's wedding). But for some reason, I can't seem to get photos taken and post on here. I open a new post window, start typing a few awkward words, try importing a picture, then close the thing down. I think it's that whole oh-man-I-haven't-posted-in-forever block.
Just like with crafting. I have a ton of projects on the go, but I haven't felt like touching any of them lately. I pick them up, stare at them awkwardly for a bit, then put them down again. Repeat...often.
How did I deal with this? I made an instant gratification hat.
This pattern, or rather "knitting recipe" comes from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) book, Knitting Rules. While there's a few patterns inside, she really just guides you through the basic steps of making various types of projects, encouraging you to work out the right fit for you based on your gauge*, regardless of what yarn you use. (The "pattern" for the sock I'm making is also from this book).
* Gauge, for you non-knitters, is the number of stitches per inch (or cm!). Gauge is super important and can be the difference between a well fitted sweater, a monsterous beast or something only your Barbie could fit.
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