Now that my last sweater project has been seamed, ends woven in and currently blocking...
(allow me to pause and turn around so you can more easily pat my back) ... I've got a raging case of startitis coupled with stash-burn fever!
This has resulted in finally casting on the skein of yarn I bought two freakin' years ago to knit a beret.
Yarn in question? Scrumptious Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri. Pattern? Foxy Beret by Kim Hargreaves. The pattern is simple enough, but not being to leave well enough alone, I had to make some modifications.
I decided to use a tubular cast on, 'cause it's so pretty. I had used the technique once before, yet apparently this was no use to me as I proceeded to cast on and rip back about a bisquillion times. In the end, the yarn is so fuzzy, I don't even think you can tell I used a fancy cast-on!
I also decided to try using "knitting elastic" (elastic thread that I held together with the yarn) on the ribbed section. No one appears to use this stuff, but it seems like a good idea, non? Especially with these floppy hats that tend to take flight the moment the wind picks up. Is there a reason no one uses it? Am I missing something?