Monday, December 31, 2012

Taken By Surprise

One just never knows what it will take to bring one out of hiding.  I had most of a re-entry post written.  I was all set to extol the joys of selfish knitting when an email from Afghans for Afghans showed up.

"** New January Quickie, Mini-Campaign **

We have just been presented with a new opportunity to send several
boxes of wool hats, socks, and mittens (for 5-12 years) to Afghanistan
in January -- for use by girls and boys THIS WINTER.

Beginning January, we welcome wool socks (knit only/no slippers),
mittens, and hats for 5-12 years based on these same guidelines --

We are aiming to ship out a few boxes early in the week of January 7.
The second batch will go out later in January. Would be best if you
can get your item to us by mid-January. "

Not even for a4A will I knit another sock or mitten. Hats, now.

This is your basic Watch Cap as outlined in Knits Men Want, using the smallest size and the smallest stitch count (sort of).  The original pattern calls for 1x1 ribbing, which always leaves me with an almost irresistible desire to strangle myself with my circulars, so I've modified it slightly to accommodate 2x2 ribbing.  I'll be letting the yarn weight determine the size.

The green is Malabrigo Chunky Merino in Emerald with a contrast cast-on in Cascade Superwash 128 in what I'm betting is Deep Sapphire (last scrap of this yarn, no idea what it was really).  The red is Lamb's Pride Worsted in M197 - Red Hot Passion.  The last is Malabrigo Rios in Indiecita.

One down, one on the needles, and then we'll see just how freely the milk of human kindness is flowing through my veins, or if it's turned to sludge.