I cast off my latest project last night and let it block overnight. What a crazy, crazy stitch pattern! It’s called Fox Paws by Xandy Peters. The pattern isn’t for the faint of heart. There are massive increases and decreases (k5tog, SB2, k3tog anyone?) or (*KYOK, SB2* repeat 4 times) which leads to tight knitting and confusion on the needles. I had to rip back many, many times because my stitch counts just didn’t add up and I couldn’t see or figure out where the mistake was made. But, was it worth it, you might ask? The answer is a definite “YES!” 😀 The pattern is so different, it almost doesn’t even look like knitting.
Up next on the needles will be some hand-dyed yarn. My youngest daughter dyed some yarn for herself and has asked that I turn her yarn creation into a beanie with cat ears. There are probably already a million cat-hat patterns out there but using one would take away some of the fun of discovery, so I’ll be forging ahead with just a swatch and some head measurements. It’ll be interesting to see how the yarn will look when knitting into fabric!