Being a knitter, my friend honed in on my new hat right away, and dutifully oohed and aaahed. Being a fashionable knitter, she also remarked, albeit affectionately, that my accessories were somewhat lacking in the coordination department.
It was true. Despite my best intentions, I had fallen into the knitters' trap. There I was, proudly showing off each individual piece as testaments to my knitterly skill and general awesomeness, but I had completely forgotten the fact that they were no longer knitting projects but articles of clothing. If I had gone to work in an outfit as uncoordinated as that, I might have been mistaken for a patient in the psychiatric ward. Just sayin'.
I really did love that hat though. And I still had about 250 yards left of that
Clockwise, from top left: Neon Ski Bonnet, Wood Hollow Mittens, and Ziyal Cowl.
I had knit the mittens before, and I figured the cables and twisted stitch border pattern would be a good match for the headband of the hat. I was wondering what I was going to do for a cowl when I happened upon the Ziyal cowl, by Allison Goldthorpe, a free pattern on Ravelry. It uses the same smocked stitch pattern as the ski bonnet. Score!
Matching, coordinated winter accessories, using leftover yarn that's been marinating in the stash since 2008. I am living the dream, people.
Happy Knitting, Everyone!