As nice as it is to have a day off for a holiday in the middle of the week, I must admit that having the 4th of July fall on a Wednesday is really throwing off my internal calendar. Yesterday I kept thinking it was Sunday -- and my sense of confusion wasn't helped at all by getting caught in a huge storm as we got home from dinner at my parents' (we all got soaked running into the house) and discovered that our air conditioning upstairs was broken. Thankfully we have two units, and the one that cools the first floor is still functional, but it made for a warm night.
But enough about that -- you came here for the knitting!
I finished up the charity hat on Tuesday evening, and as predicted, Rainbow really wants to steal it. I did manage to use all of the colors in the gradient set, though I still have most of the lightest mini skein left.
I didn't use a pattern for this; I just cast on 120 stitches, worked 2x2 rib for the brim using a US 3 (3.25 mm) needle, and worked the rest of the hat using a US 4 (3.5 mm). When one color ran out, I joined in the next one using the clasped weft join.
Now that the hat is done, I've switched over my lunchtime knitting to a pair of socks that I started this past Sunday when we went to the movies. This is Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce in the colorway Winter Critters. I got this last year, I believe, as part of a kit with a matching project bag from Bags by Awesome Granny.
I'm doing my Non-Euclidian heel on these, slightly modified for a different stitch count.
The main project on the needles is, of course, my handspun Boxy. I am really getting close to being done. The body is finished and the first sleeve is in progress. I even wove in all my ends before I picked up for the sleeve!
I actually started knitting on the sleeve last night and got everything you see here done in about an hour and a half, so I'm hopeful that a couple more nights of dedicated knitting will be enough to finish both sleeves up. Ideally I wanted to have this done before the start of the Tour de Fleece, but I'm not sure that will happen. It might not be such a bad idea to have a knitting project to work on, though, to give my hands a break from spinning this weekend.