On Sunday, my LYS, Kro-sha, had a massive sale. Now, did I need yarn? No. Do I already have three large Rubbermaid totes full of yarn and thread? Yes. Did my mother-in-law give me some cash for Christmas? Yes.
I think the rest is completely self-explanatory.
The Loft merino is so wonderful to work with. I've already completed the project that I purchased it for -- Calorimetry from the latest issue of Knitty. I made it more narrow than the original pattern because I wanted to wear it more on my forehead. It was my first experience with short rows -- they're really easy and I'm already thinking of a tons of new applications for this particular skill. 'Cause I'm obviously going to become the world's premier handwork designer. Or something. I'll shut up now. Here's pics:
I love that I had the perfect lonely little button that matches nicely. The most amazing thing is that it's just almost too wide for my ginormous forehead. I wasn't aware that was possible.
Okay, yes. I realize that this is a frighteningly similar item to the cabled headband I made previously. But, while that one is lovely and still totally useful, it had two things going against it. One, it is acrylic and simply isn't as warm as this wool one will be. Two, it has a design flaw. The cabled headband is the same width all the way around. That means it tends to push my hair up in the back, making a little weird bump. Then, when I take it off, sometimes my hair kind of stays that way. Life threatening? No. Worth trying a different design if I was going to make a wool one anyway? Definitely. The Calorimetry, as you can see, tapers in the back where it buttons. So far this seems to be superior. I'll be sure to keep you posted as I wear it more. I know you'll be a-titter with anxiety.