which is to say: I could not take pictures before dark yesterday and it is still too dark now. (also, really cold out!) so you have to put up with just me and a lot of links today.
but if you hang on long enough, there is big news near the end of this post.
My right elbow hurts. Is it possible I've been knitting too much? Trish says maybe, so I will try to rest it.
I buckled under the cold weather pressure and bought a new coat. It is a pretty blue-grey and very lightweight and crazy warm but clashes horribly with Every. Hat. I. Own. (yes, in spite of my having scads of hats, this is possible. I didn't believe it either.)
I found some yarn in my stash that matches the coat perfectly. I'm working on a hat design idea that involves no swatching; I'll keep you posted.
The non-swatchy idea might work for the bulky yarn I wanted to knit instead of knitting Christmas presents, too. I might try to resist this possibility. Or... I might not.
Doing a random pattern hunt at Ravelry involving no search words whatsoever, I found Milo (scroll down at the link), a child's vest. Hello, no-brainer?
I woke up this morning with an idea at the very front of my brain for the perfect solution to Christmas-cowl-from-handspun-yarn problem, similarly non-swatching. Again: keeping you posted.
The big news:
The French edition of the first pattern book of Biscotte designs is coming available in mid-December but can be pre-ordered now; I'll let you know as soon as I hear when the English edition is available, but in the meantime you can see the pictures of what's included, like my scarf - it's this one - and more importantly, This Hat. Which is in the book. Yes, and the matching handwarmers. You don't have to wait till next year after all (and you shouldn't!)
Yesterday I treated myself to a lot of delicious teas and things to eat with same, so I am looking forward to a great weekend. Also: a great breakfast. See you Monday!