The last test knitter completed their test of the hat pattern I wrote to match the Arden Handwarmers, so hopefully I should be able to put it up for free download soon. There's been some discrepancies in the fit of the smaller size that are worrying me a bit, though, so I want to have a better sense of what's going on before I release it into the wild. Above is me trying on the size large I made for Iain; it's got a bit more positive ease than I'd prefer, but as our heads aren't actually that far apart in size, I can still wear it comfortably and worry about it not falling off.
The sweater in these photos is Francis Revisited, which is an absolutely gorgeous pattern that I hope to knit again. I was on a huge madelinetosh kick this summer, and so knit this very loosely in tosh dk (duchess); now that it's finally cold, I find myself wearing it all the time. I love how it looks, though the tosh dk is starting to loose its sheen a bit now that it's been washed. Also, the ends keep getting unwoven - does this happen to everyone, or am I just bad at sewing in ends? At any rate, I would like to knit this in something softer and fuzzier, though - with the ridiculous amount of yarn piling up and our time in Numazu dwindling - purchasing something softer and fuzzier may have to wait.
So anyway, here is Iain modeling all his new knitted goods. Despite the fact that he's pulled the hat down over his eyes, I swear the hat fits him!