This is Renfrew from Jane Richmond's Island knit in Voolenvine's McGuiness worsted in the Nevermore color way. It's a purple-y grey, like the outside of an avocado. (This base is discontinued, but the color way can still be found in her shop. )
I've been working hard on my re-knit of Drift's Ridge, this time without changing my gauge a stitch per inch, and Dragonflies. But sometimes I just want to play with a colorful, hand dyed skein.
I knit this hat on the way to Houston for a Brandon Sanderson book signing with my husband and sister. You will hear me geek out about this later. It was a belated birthday gift, though we sort of call everything I want to do in January and February a belated birthday gift:
"I need this yarn. You know I just had a birthday... "
"Can I get this record... it is a week before my birthday!"
"Oh, a pony...birthday!!"
It's expected of me.
Of course that can also play out like this:
"Sure, Michelle, I'll grab some non-stick cooking spray on my way home from work. It is your birthday..."
"Wait, no, I scooped the litter yesterday, for your birthday."
You get the idea. Birthdays are all about manipulation. Like when my daughter hangs out with her fiancé instead of us, I can say," Did you guys have fun together for my birthday?"
I'm kidding, except for the yarn and record thing.
My daughter was a good sport to run outside and take these photos in blinding midday light when she had lots of homework to do. Her reward was a free photo-bombing pass.
Okay, so Renfrew. It's knit inside out, which feels like a special trick, and features a mock cable that I love.
It seems made for a beautiful, semi-solid colorway. I've changed my mind about what skein I wanted to use for this several times. I usually only get hand dyed yarn for accessories, to save money, and I'd collected a few that could work. I finally went with the more solid of the lot and am glad I did.
I used size 5 needles- always bamboo, these days, so my gauge isn't sloppy. And I had more than enough yarn leftover for a good sized swatch to add to swatch blanket collection. I'm about ready to photograph what I have collected for it so far.