Yesterday, I decided that I should stop by the LYS on the way home from work to see if there was any more of that gold Nikerboker yarn. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with it, but my list of options would improve and it would just make me feel better if I had a little more. And, it's on sale! What better reason is there? None. Well, they didn't have any more gold, but they did have some blue! I bought four balls. Sounds like it might turn into a DH sweater.
My LYS is a small space -- a small house with small rooms converted into a small yarn shop. When we were there on Wednesday, there were customers as well as a knitting group taking up space. I wasn't able to get to every nook and cranny. Last night, I was the only one there! Guess what I found? Seven more balls of the Davos -- that makes 11 total. Yay! Maybe that will become more than a scarf now.
I also bought a couple of back issues of Interweave Knits and the Fall 2002 issue, especially, looks very promising. And I looked at the Rowan Calmer Collection to get a little more inspiration for what is now, but not likely to remain, Audrey. Something with cables? I rather liked the one in the book. I have 10 balls of the stuff and might be able to do something like that.
I made quick work of the remaining four rows of the Galway hat brim last night and sewed up the seam. (It would make a fine headband on its own!) I then found my never-before-opened/where-did-I-ever-get-these/how-long-have-I-had-these Phildar double-pointed needles and picked up 126 stitches around the edge of the brim for the crown. I know that I knit with DPNs once before, but I can't for the life of me remember what, where or when. The "how" is even a little iffy. Man, talk about clumsy! I need a knitting sheath!! A knitter in the Scottish style (such as myself), who anchors the right needle (usually a nice, l-o-n-g one) against the body, doesn't have any easy time with short DPNs flapping in the breeze. A sock knitter I may never be. (I've been ever so slightly tempted with all the beauties I see on other blogs.)
I modeled Galway for K after about a dozen rows, DPNs and all, and she was mighty impressed. Yeah!