For all of you thinking about doing the recently released Through the Loops pattern Ida's Kitchen, please beware that you will be undertaking a project that is 100% addictive and may very well be one that you want to knit over and over again in a dizzying array of combinations (think Chevron Scarf and BSJ). Luckily if you've spent the last several years randomly acquiring skeins of yarn with no purpose at all, this won't be a problem for you. Yep.
Pattern: Ida's Kitchen by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Mélange in 'Cornflower' and 'Pomegranate'; Random skeins of Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport in various shades (see below).
Needles: size 6 and 8
Mods: Say what?
This was one fast knit people. Two days tops. And so much fun to watch the colors change! This project has scrap-buster written all over it because you could easily adjust the pattern to accommodate the bit and bobs of sport weight that you have.
Virtuous Knitter Alert: For this hat I used yarn 100% from stash. Go me! I had some BSA Mélange on hand that I'd been dying to try. I also had a mitten kit composed of Naturespun Sport that I'd purchased a while ago and knew that the likelihood of making the mittens was become dimmer by the day, so I repurposed it and put it into service for this project.
But of course me being perpetually stuck in a two-steps-forward, one-step-back mode, on my way to the airport last week ago I picked up more* BSA Mélange to make an even bigger and better Ida's Kitchen! So yeah, I'm a lifer.
*to people keeping track of my StashPact 11 avowal to cease and desist from yarn gluttony, this purchase was made BEFORE I signed on, ok?