Starting this past Friday I found myself with more free time on my hands than expected and was happy to fill that time with knitting related things. I'd slowly worked through knitting several baby items over the past couple of months and was able to finish the sleeves on a baby girl top and then rinse/block the whole lot. (No pics on those yet as I am cautious about ruining the surprises)
While those were drying I started up a project with some souvenir yarn from boucle in Fargo ND. I bought the one skein thinking it could be a hat, cowl or possibly socks. Once I was ready to work with it, I felt like a hat... unfortunately the yarn did not. I tried two different simple styles and neither was working on my head, so I easily converted it to a cowl. I've worn it a couple days now and think it is a nice addition to my collection. The seed stitch and the yarn combined to look like pixels to me so I called it the Pixelated Sunset.
I had another skein of souvenir yarn, this one from ImagiKnit in San Francisco, that I'd been wanting to turn into something so that was next. I'd actually had this skein for about 4 months and had been thinking about what it would be for that whole time. As it usually happens, I couldn't find an existing pattern that was what I wanted so I set to make one up as I went. The Cowl/Kerchief was born.
Having finally accomplished knitting things out of my most recent purchases, not to mention items just for me, I decided to work on a quick knit that will be part of a more complicated piece requested by DH. For Christmas this year I made my boys Mohawk hats and was surprised that my husband kept trying to steal them. I had enough left over yarn to make another one but hadn't gotten around to it yet. In the meantime, he went skiing and saw people with what he describes as viking mohawk bearded hats. So the fairly simple mohawk hat now needs a beard piece as well. I quickly knit up the grey ribbed cap part but have set that aside while I search for bulky yarn in a white shade.
With time still on my hands I decided to browse my Ravelry favorites for something to work on next. Since I'd just finished two cowls at hat was on my mind. I finally found a project in the Meret hat by Woolly Wormhead, a free pattern by a designer I'd been meaning to knit. I had some yarn that would work at the top of my stash and I cast on for the small size, mostly because I was worried about yardage. After a day and a half and half way through the hat I realized two things. There was plenty of yarn left and the hat was a little small. I cast back on for the medium and am back to knitting.