I did acheive some small success completing some projects during by absence. First of all, I made a Fibertrends Wide Brimmed Felted Hat using Cascade 220, for my friend Annette. It turned out very cute and she loves it. I had made the same hat using Cascade Pastaza and I now prefer the 220 better. It is much lighter weight and not nearly as scratchy. Here is the hat before I felted it:
Here is a look at the hat after I felted it:
I also completed my second pair of socks. I will say that I am a very slow sock knitter and I don't knit them very regularly. These socks were knit from the toe up using 2 at once on one circular needles. I used Cool Wool from Lana Grossa.
I also made a Nantasket Basket, which I finally finished today. I will take pictures soon to show you what this gem looks like felted. I said "finally finished" because I had to take break from knitting for a couple weeks. I actually just picked up my needles today. I woke up with a swollen wrist a couple of weeks ago for no apparent reason, and after icing it for a day without much relief, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with de Quervain's Desease, which is a form of tendinitis. So I had a fashionable black wrist brace that immobilized most of my wrist and hand. It really cramped my style.