A Week in Knitting (and a Dress in action)

It has been a hard hard work week.
So it is ironic that I had the cheek to take woolly-hatted selfies in the office at lunchtime yesterday when everyone else went out!
This is my Stovetop hat for The Girl, second attempt.

Her head is smaller than mine, but size Adult Small would have fitted a pixie.  I brought this upon  myself by using smaller needles than recommended… because they are the ones I have.
I really need to invest in a wider range of sizes of dpn.
For the record, I am using 3.75mm and 4.5mm, instead of 4mm and 5mm.
For my second try, I cast on 92 stitches (between a Medium and a Large) and then decreased one stitch after the rib, to bring it in line with size Adult Medium.  I think this is going to be fine in girth, but I might need to tweak the pattern to ensure it has sufficient slouch.
The kilt pin?  I split and dropped half a stitch  – it will be easily fixed later.
 

And in case you were wondering what I was wearing:  this is the Camber Dress worn with my lime vintage cashmere cardi and a silk scarf.  As you can see, it creases when sat upon all day.  You should see the rear view – eek!  Saggy baggy bottom!  But it is warm and comfortable and reasonably smart.  I just have to walk backwards out of rooms (while bowing and tugging my forelock, obviously!)

Next up:  an abandoned attempt at designing a tea cosy.
The stitch pattern is taken from the cape in Learn to Knit Love to Knit.  I am really glad I tried it out before investing in the yarn for the cape, because I really don’t like the texture.
I would have persevered for the duration of a tea cosy, but it was coming up too small.  Again.  Tsk!
This was to be a gift.  Once I finish the hat, I need to get back to this project.

The last thing I worked on this week was my Alicia Mitts.  I have almost finished the colourwork on Mitt Two.  It looks exactly like the first one, so I didn’t bother with a photo.

Oh – have you seen the Torirot Mystery Mitten KAL coming up in January?  I really like the sound of this one, and will be using some of my JC Rennie stash of mini-skeins.  Fun!  If you join before 15 January 2014, the pattern is free using a code which is easily found on Ravelry.  Too late for gifting this Christmas, but in plenty of time for next year!