Have I mentioned that I watch and listen to a lot of knitting podcasts?
Well, I do.
One of my favorite video podcasts is The Stockinette Zombies. Megan and Amy knit beautiful projects, and sometime they host knit-alongs. One of their recent knit-alongs was called the Crazy KAL-- basically, giving in to the urge to cast on ridiculous, crazy projects! I participated by starting my Busy Bee Blanket. That fell into the 'crazy' category because a) it's a blanket knitted from sock yarn, b) I didn't actually knit socks at the time, even though this blanket is designed to use up leftover bits of sock yarn, and c) mine is going to be made of more than 600 little knitted hexagons!
The lovely ladies of the Stockinette Zombies randomly selected prize winners for the KAL... and I won a prize!
I won a gorgeous skein of worsted weight superwash merino wool by Cakewalk Yarns, in the Peppermint Bark color. It is some of the softest, squishiest yarn I've ever knit with.
I knit my lovely prize into a beret. I used the Cabled Rangoli Hat pattern, with a few modifications (all the technical details are on my Ravelry project page.) This was my first cabled hat, and my first project with bobbles!
I'm calling this my Peppermint Rose beret after one of my favorite childhood movies, which some kind soul has put on Youtube! I just discovered this and it's taking all my willpower to finish writing this post instead of dropping everything to watch the movie right this second. A movie about a magic garden, starring a bunch of girls with fab hair and ruffly bloomers? You bet I loved it. I can't tell you how many times my family was subjected to it. I brought it home pretty much every time we went to the video store (remember those?).
...Now I'm going to go do something important and grown-up.
I'm definitely not about to go watch that movie.
Nope, not me.
I hope you're having a great week!