I had a beautiful walk around the lake this morning. Here's a shot of the sun rising over the Cascade mountains:
And the full moon was still lingering in the west, peeking at me from gaps in the clouds. The sunrise was really more spectacular at the beginning of my walk -- streams of glowing, pink clouds -- but I didn't think to take a picture then.
This guy inspired my camera:
Yep, I think blue herons are really neat. I like how big they are. I saw lots of other birds, too: coots, hooded and common mergansers, grebes, wigeons, and mallard ducks.
And knitting... of course! I like to walk and knit. This morning's project was a Hanna Cowl (my free pattern on Ravelry) in Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to sell at Matty's holiday show on the 19th.
It's easy. Just cast on 26 stitches, knit the first and last stitch, and work brioche in between. Then sew three buttons on one end, and push them through the loose stitches wherever you like.
Here's a silly photo shoot Kurt took of me up in Doe Bay.
See the pointy elf hood? I know the picture's not awesome, but it shows the hood.
See the kangaroo pocket? It's my first. It came out well enough, but next time I'll start it an inch above the end of my waist shaping.
See the crochet detail of the yoke? I love it! The hem, sleeves, and hood are trimmed with several rows of single crochet.
And here are some more pictures just because:
I figured I'd get some photos out at Doe Bay since that's where I knit it this past summer at Doe Bay music festival. So fun!! The yarn is Cascade 220 in a lovely heathered green-blue with the odd fleck of purple. So pretty!
Oh, more details... It's top- down, starting with the crocheted yoked, then knit through the body. I used short rows to make semi-set in sleeves. The hood is basically a rectangle with some quick increases down at the neck as I knit it up from the collar.