It must be the cold weather that makes me gravitate to the knitting needles and yarns, rather than heading to my rather cold quilt room to play on the sewing machine. I can remember that the same thing happened last winter when I seemed to be in hat and scarf production mode. We also had an exchange student from Brazil living with us this time last year and I taught her to knit while she stayed with us - it was one way of making sure she had some wool on her when she ventured outside! Being from Brazil, wool wasn't a fibre that she was familiar with and she kept wondering why her cotton tops weren't keeping her warm enough!
I've been on the hunt for some more hat patterns so I can make a few more hats - I have a friend who needs a new hat but having tried on the one I recently made for myself we decided that this pattern wasn't going to be a goer! She didn't look her best, which after all isn't the object of the exercise.
So when I found this book recently in my favourite fabric and fibre shop - Nancy's - and discovered that it had a chart showing the best styles for different face shapes, it was an almost immediate impulsive buy. Still to do the browsing through the book with my friend, but I think she'll be spoilt for choice.
Only problem is I need to learn how to cast onto double pointed needles and knit in the round... nothing like a challenge! The things we do for our friends....