I’m a bit ashamed to confess that it has been over a year since I last picked up my knitting needles. But the cold weather (by Austin standards, that is) has inspired me to cast on a new project. I bought the most scrumptious merino wool/silk yarn in a deep eggplant color to knit up a hat for a Christmas gift. I had nearly forgotten how to cast on and I knitted several rows before I remembered I was supposed to be knitting a 1×1 rib. It’s going to take me a while to get used to double pointed needles again. The pattern is the Le Slouch beret from Knit and Tonic—which oddly enough I can’t find on her site anymore, but you can find the pattern here. Here is hoping I can finish it with plenty of time to spare for it to arrive in time for Christmas.