Apparently in my world, February is for knitalongs, a social experience where a bunch of knitters cast on the same project and enter to win prizes when said item is complete.
The first KAL I completed was the Galactic Hat KAL for Julianna's Fibre. The concept was simple: knit the Galactic Hat pattern as many times as you'd like throughout the month of February, then post your photos in the Ravelry group or on Instagram using pre-defined hashtags. They're pretty low-maintenance instructions, which I love in a KAL because they're supposed to be fun and a distraction from the barrel of monkeys that is everyday life.
And I should say this hat was definitely a nice distraction. I started it during the Super Bowl on Sunday evening (not that I actually watched the Super Bowl - more like listened to podcasts and ate junk food) and had finished up by Monday evening. With 28g of yarn to spare!
Oh, and do you like my new MIRA scale? My other digital scale only measures in ounces, and not only are ounces not as accurate as I need them to be, they made my baking life pretty terrible if the recipe was written in UK terms.
The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in the Lotus colorway, which I purchased this past weekend at Conversational Threads in Emmaus during an outdoor winter festival. Of course, the aforementioned yarn shop was close to Funk Brewing, so you know I stopped there for an additional liquid treat, as well. All in all, a productive weekend, if I need to say so.
I did block the hat, which I'm kind of regretting because the garter reallllllly stretched when wet (I should've known better). I'm sure it will be fine; I just hadn't intended it to be slouchy. I don't mind slouch hats, though, so I'll survive. It's worth mentioning that the Malabrigo was divine to soak. It was so soft and squishy and wonderful that I didn't want to leave it alone. If I could fill a bath with hot water and Malabrigo, I'd be a happy camper. Also a psychopath.