I just finished this Plaid Hatter pattern from one of my favorite designers, Kate Oates.

It’s a bit hard to tell in the photo but the contrasting color is grey (Classic Elite Princess).  The navy is Knit Picks Swish.  This is an EXCELLENT stranded knitting project — easy to memorize, perfect for a beginner.  I can see it in all kinds of colors — pink and orange, perhaps?  I didn’t use my new hat stand for the photo because it looked all crazy rectangular — maybe it was all those vertical lines.   But the finished hat is great — it would make a great baby shower gift.

My dad complained that my recent posts “were all about knitting.”  While this *is* primarily a knitting blog, I admit that I have had fewer non-knitting posts lately.  Next week, though, I’m going on a field trip that should result in some photos.  I haven’t been doing as much street photography lately because my dog, whose walks inspired camera take-alongs, has really aged and can’t handle long walks anymore.  I often think, “Ah, I’m not going to bring the camera since we’re just going around the block.”  But I’ve got to change my mentality there.  I will leave you, though, with one non-knitting item — some bounty from my teeny tiny vegetable garden.  Carrots (short variety), along with strawberries and lettuce, have done the best — tomatoes, not so much.

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