The completed hat for Noah, modeled by the ever-patient Earle. You may remember that Noah dyed all this yarn (and much more) with mushrooms he had collected in the wild. I gave the hat to Noah today, and he loved it! I am so glad this is finished.
And here's something that's progressing much more rapidly. I bought this yarn at Emily's Midnight Madness sale on December 16th of this year. It's a gorgeous 50/50 silk/wool worsted weight, Charmant from Berger du Nord. I cast on with it on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and today, December 31st, I've just completed the back of this shell. It's the tank from Joan Forgione's Thorn and Thistle Twinset in the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits. It helps that it's 20 stitches in 4 inches; it helped even more that I spent Wednesday through Friday of this week visiting my parents, so I got lots of knitting done. In fact, a surprising amount of knitting, considered it took me nine - nine! frigging! hours! - hours to drive there on Wednesday and seven hours back on Friday, plus, of course, the time spent visiting three yarn shops in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. So maybe I've knitted up three or four hundred yards of yarn this week, while acquiring, oh, maybe several thousand yards of new yarn. Something is wrong with this scenario. Evidently I have to stop sleeping and start knitting all, and I mean ALL, the time.