Cabled Shoulder Shrug

Pattern: Shoulder Shrug
Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage, Grey
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

Although this project quickly ushered me into a major case of redundancy, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Where it’s 100% wool, it’s very helpful in dealing with our cold Canadian winter days.

I had knit it to the specified length, but then had to rip back quite a few inches once I realized it would wrap around me and then some.  I recommend knitting until it reaches around you comfortably – not too tight, not too loose.

I also didn’t knit the ribbed neck section as long as the pattern stated.  This meant only needing 3 skeins.

As to how you wear such a thing with a coat, I simply have it up off of my shoulders, basically wearing it as a cowl, with the bulk of it draped in the front.  It looks fine and is very protective against chilly weather!

It’s a fun pattern, even with having to rip back several inches after goofing up the cabling once or twice!

the huntress hat or “please don’t shoot me!”

my "don't shoot me!" hat

Jon, my hubby, loves to go hunting in the fall. His prey: partridge, or “forest chickens” as I like to call them. This year he wants me to tag along with him. He’s got a little shotgun for me to carry, should I find myself inclined to shoot one them thar critters. I’m not sure how I’d feel about doing that, but I’d like to try it once. I may like it. I may not. I’m just glad he’s not a deer hunter. Most of all, he’s content just to be walking in the woods on a crisp fall day.

So, according to regulations, I must be wearing a neon orange hat. Great. I look like a dork in hats. A little search on Ravelry and I found something that I could try, something that might make me look as dorkyless as possible.

my "don't shoot me!" hat

The Huntress Hat
Pattern: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret
Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage in Hunter Orange
Needles: Size US 10 1/2 / 6.5mm

What a great pattern! It’s very easy and the cable design is very cool. I did it all in one evening, and blocked it the next morning. I love it. I think I could actually wear one of these out in public, but not in this colour of course. I will most definitely be making more of these babies.

my "don't shoot me!" hat