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I've Been Productive Despite the Flu.

Yarn: Novita Wool, dyed by me with rooibos tea
Needles: 4.0 mm

I'm feeling much better already and will go back to work tomorrow, if the fever stays away. I'm starting to get bored of just sitting at home and even the thought of going back to work is starting to feel tempting (can you believe it!). I've done nothing else than lied lazy on the sofa all day, watched Netflix and knitted. I'm already longing to go out: to the city, to the shops, cafes, maybe even cinema, go for a walk or jogging or anything. Being sick is no fun, but at least I have finished some of my knitting wips.

First I finished the Dune neck warmer I started in Turkey and then continued the Wanderling sweater which has been in progress since the beginning of August (I left it home for the holiday; I thought knitting a sweater would be a bit too much by the pool...) It was also ready by yesterday afternoon. I wanted something small and easy to knit while watching the last season of The Killing so I took some leftover yarns and started to knit a cap. It was also finished by the time I'm writing this.

But now back to the Dune neck warmer, let's start with it. I used some of the yarns I dyed a short while back with rooibos tea. Since I only had two skeins of it, I decided to make a neck warmer instead of a longer looped cowl. I added one repeat of the charted section to make up for the fact that I was using slightly smaller needles and DK weight yarn (so instead of casting on 108 sts I had 130 stitches on my needles).

Pattern: Cousteau cap
Yarns: Garnstudio Drops Cotton Merino, shade 08 navy
and Novita Wool, same as above
Needles: 3.5 mm 

And then the cap. I used my Cousteau cap pattern for this, but with a few small modifications. I used smaller needles, DK weight yarn and made a beanie instead of a slouch. I started with 1x1 twisted ribbing (k 1 tbl, p 1) and added a stripe with the rest of rooibos-dyed Novita Wool. The navy blue yarn is leftover from the Peacoat sweater. I started the decreases already at 13 cm to make it into a beanie. I also used the last bits of the rooibos-yarn to make a pompom and attached it to the top. I really like this beanie, and I'm sure I will use it a lot this fall.

The Wanderling sweater is still blocking and a bit damp at the moment so I will post some photos later.


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