I’m not quite sure how to say this. I haven’t knit in, well, days and days. I think Wednesday was the last time I knit. That’s four whole days with no knitting. Not a swatch, not a hat, not a sock, nothing.
Part of it was that I burned my hand a bit (it’s almost completely healed now, no worries). Part of it was that we got a new dining room table this weekend and spent nearly every waking moment either hauling it in and setting it up, cleaning up after that rather destructive process, playing games, or preparing and eating tasty food. It was good to take a little break, but I’m ready to get something back in my hands.
In the meantime, so you don’t die of boredom and abandon me forever, I’ll put out this pattern. This was The Boy’s birthday hat. We picked out two yarns (a solid gray dk weight and a fairly wild blue, purple, and gray sock weight) that worked well together. The cable pattern is simple to get the hang of and satisfyingly unisex. A slightly smaller scale version of it is used for the mitt. These work at a variety of gauges and each project needs less than 150 yards of yarn, making them perfect for using up those single balls lurking in your stash.
If you want to cast something on for your sweetie, or for yourself, you can find the pattern here.