I don't know if you've heard, but it's been cold in the deep south. Much too cold for my liking. Thankfully we don't have any snow or ice to deal with, but it's still a pain when you're not used to it. All I've wanted to do since the cold front came through is cook and knit, which isn't necessarily bad thing unless you're trying to move more and eat better (I'll get to that next week).
What better to knit for cold weather than a hat? Now that I've discovered the joys of hat knitting, I'm all in. Do you like my hat? (I can't help but think of Go, Dog. Go! when I say that) I must admit that I feel a little silly wearing it, only because I'm not used to wearing hats just yet.
This is the Felted Bucket Hat by Chic Knits. I used Ella Rae classic yarn. This yarn felted like a dream. If I were to make it again, I'd knit a few more rows to make it a little taller, but I was getting low on yarn - the pattern calls for 220 yds and the ball of yarn was 219. I got nervous and cut it a little short. That's probably why my top is more rounded than the picture on the pattern. I had to stretch it down to cover my head resulting in a rounded crown, which is fine by me.
To give it a little kick, I added a wool felt flower brooch on the side. I was into making these a few years ago, in fact I had to search through my archives to remember what they looked like. Has it really been 3 years since I've made them? That doesn't seem possible, but I can't argue with the archives.
Okay, now on to the soup. This evening I tried out this broccoli & cheese soup recipe. I had a bunch of broccoli in the fridge that needed cooking, so it just made sense. I must say, this recipe isn't too bad. It has a lot of flavor, which I like. I ended up trippling it and had to do some improvisions, but overall I followed the basic recipe. This is more of a broth type soup than a cream one, not too cheesy, perfect with a bug hunk of french bread.
Okay, now that my belly is full my knitting is calling. See ya!