Orange you glad I’m starting over?

Remember this?

I started this knit hat design during Knit and Crochet Design Week.  (You can find my posts here: Intro/Kickoff, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6.)  Somewhere along the way, I decided that I wasn’t pleased with the way the decreases were working out.  I still haven’t decided how far I’m going to rip it back, or if, perhaps, I’m going to unravel it entirely.  (I didn’t have an intended recipient for the hat, so I’m ok with unraveling it completely – but I decided to leave it as it is for a while until I decide.)

Now, do you remember this from last week?

An adventurous skein of Malabrigo Rios in Glazed Carrot, galavanting around town with a friend.

I decided to start the hat over in this orange yarn, which would be an awesome gift for my friend, JP.  We used to work together about nine years ago, and went through many trials and tribulations together as single gals.  Now she’s happily married and living in (extremely) northern California.  She is a redhead of the orange wearing variety, and I think she will love it.

Participating in Knitting and Crochet Blog Week last week got me thinking about many things, including colors and the balance between my knitting and crochet projects.  My progress in busting stash during April has me excited about working up another stash project.  This is why I decided to pick up a knitting project and restart the design in orange stash yarn.  Even if I’m intimidated by orange, JP isn’t!

As far as reading, I’m currently about halfway through Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  I read about it first through Evelyn at Project: Stash and then heard more about it from Stacey at FreshStitches on her Crochet Chat podcast.  Although most people at my job would never guess, I’m an introvert.  (I used to think I was “flakey” because I would always decide at the last minute to avoid parties and large social gatherings.  Now I just decline right from the start!)  This book is fascinating so far and I’m looking forward to reading more.

For more Works in Progress, visit Tami’s Amis.  For more Yarn Along posts, visit Small Things.

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