Thanks for all of your kind comments on the Joy of Sox book, Golden Dahlia and the Make-Up Socks. I'm thrilled that you like the designs. You have until 9/15 to enter the contest.
The Sikkim hat, which I designed and knit last fall, has been IJK's favorite since that time. Even in the summer months she often wore it. Last week while we were visiting our friend Justine in her store, Angelfire Studios, IJK decided it was time for another Sikkim in a new colorway. I'm not one to refuse an excuse for an impulse yarn purchase, so I agreed.
IJK chose three shades of Koigu KPM in a bold orange, a dark brown and a medium blue with the slightest hint of green. These are colors that it would never have occurred to me to put together, but I love the result. IJK has a really unique and fearless color sense. I think I'll have her choose colors for me more often in the future. We took a little trip to DC over the weekend to visit a few colleges. This afforded me just the right amount of travel knitting time to finish the hat. You will find more details on the hat on Ravelry.
The kiddos went back to school yesterday. "The Lad" is a senior (how did that happen so fast?) and my girls are sophomores. Last night they were already swamped with homework. I don't remember it being this demanding when I was in HS.
I hope to get back to posting to this blog a little more often, but with the college search in full swing I'm not sure it will be as often as I'd like. (I've got to save a little time for actual knitting after all.)