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Oh, all right! While we were traveling and relaxing, I knit several things:
J wanted a hat to match the Irish Hiking Scarf I made for him this past winter but which he never got to wear because I took to long to get it done (hangs head in shame). So I unabashedly stole the Basic Cable Hat pattern from SnB Nation by writing it down in a bookshop, and then altered it to match the cable pattern of the scarf. He wanted a bit brim since it's going to get very cold when he's traveling in the winter so I did that, and then he wanted a pom-pon at the top, so I added one using some leftover "wine" Unger Utopia (same yarn as hat) from the Gryffindor scarf. Here's the hat in the sunlight of South Lake Tahoe:
And as worn by J, posing by his favorite tree:
And that's not all, folks! I also continued to work on the baby project for my secret pal. I finished all but one piece of the sweater (which I'm in the middle of now):