New FO and beginning of the Owls...

blog-photos-144So, I took a little break last week and knit up this cute little beret designed by Ysolda. The pattern is called "Verity" and I absolutely loved knitting it! This one is going to be sent to a friend as a belated holiday gift, however, I will be making one for myself. The yarn used is Manos del Uraguay 100% Space-Dyed-Wool in the Wildflowers color. I've had it in my stash for about 6 years just waiting for the perfect project. I'm so glad I used it for this. Now, I did modify the pattern a bit when I got to the headband. I tried the original headband twice but was having problems focusing on the pattern so I just ripped it out and knit a seed stitch which I like just as well. I think my friend will like it. I hope... blog-photos-141 blog-photos-143

Also, I have begun working on the Owl Sweater. I finally got the yarn and started on it Monday evening. I finished the body today and am about to start on the sleeves. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of the weekend. We are house-sitting for Nick's parents this weekend so I will be enjoying a few quiet, knitting-filled evenings. blog-photos-148 blog-photos-151

I'm teaching my first hat class this weekend at the shop. I am not nearly as nervous as I get before a Knitting 101 class. I think it's because students should already know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, etc. I'm just teaching them to work on dpns, circulars, and to do decreases...it shouldn't be too bad. Anyway, wish me luck!