Today is already so much better than yesterday. I woke up early (after falling asleep while eating pizza and watching SNL – Paul Rudd, you are so handsome!) and, despite my best efforts, couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to take advantage of the quiet and did a ton of pattern grading and emailing various people about a few patterns on which I’m working. I’m pleased to discover that grading patterns is getting easier. And now, I’m updating the blog – all before 8 AM!
I obviously love my Epitome pattern (although Isotope is becoming my new favorite). I have knit one of every size, and three of the adult version, not including the knitting and ripping during the design process. After what, seven Epitomes, I said never again.
But then Andrew, who works at Steilberg String Instruments (the place Craig has his teaching studio), wanted a hand knit hat. And he wanted Epitome. Andrew loves merino wool and wanted a gray, so I chose to double strand the Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Tortuga.
I’m re-in love with this hat. I didn’t think it was possible for Malabrigo to feel softer or more wonderful, but double stranding it has that affect. The colorway is gorgeous, and it’s been awhile since I worked on size 11 needles. I want to make myself one in Malabrigo (post Christmas), and I’m thinking of updating the pattern to add a “man” size and change the recommended yarn to Malabrigo. (If you’ve purchased this pattern as a PDF, you’ll receive a copy with the new size added; Ravelry has a feature that allows me to send updates to those that have purchased the pattern. I don’t know how soon I’ll get around to it, but maybe it won’t take too long.)