Elizabeth and I are making a hat. I've made hats before. I've done stripes and cables, but this is my first time patterning. Liz and I (I'm the only one she let's call her Liz) spent the afternoon chatting and knitting... If you've never had the opportunity to sit in on one of her lessons you are really missing out. She is wonderfully entertaining. Her accent is at once delightful and tactfully intimidating. In fact, you wouldn't dare not follow her advice. She may give you permission to do whatever you like but, "you will not receive my blessing" to quote Elizabeth. (I call her Elizabeth when she is being stern).
Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop is a treasure. My daughters love to sit with me for a bit and alternate between watching closely (enthralled), and giggling at her wit and idioms.
I was so proud of myself while patterning. I kept calling people in to watch. Of course, they were duly impressed! I don't think they were faking it. Me juggling my two balls of yarn, one moment throwing the right hand yarn, the next snagging the left hand yarn continental style. If I do say so myself it is quite impressive. This little hat is a wool mohair blend. The pink is a soft cotton with a bit of sparkle. My 3 year old niece will receive it for Christmas.
Yes, I've officially started my Christmas projects. One more reason to be pleased with myself!