Good afternoon from New York.
It is a beautiful clear day with low humidity, very similar weather to that on another September 11 morning some years ago.
I paused a bit after typing that sentence. Perhaps some of you might also pause a bit after reading it.
I'll now move on. September 12 is my birthday. This is, according to the Blogger counter, my 200th post. I thought it might be nice to mark these dual milestones by offering something to you kind folks who've visited here over the years.
This will be my first give away. I have crocheted a hat just for this occasion.
The hat is a sort of exaggerated beret style, and is about 11 inches at this widest diameter. I used a selection of blue or blue/green colors and most of the yarns are DK weight wool, with the exception of some soft Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and some wispy Rowan Kidsilk.
I've taken several photos so that you will be able to get some idea of what the hat is like.
The following photo shows the deep edging band that allows the hat to stay on one's head. I also included some of the contributing yarns in this photo so you can see more of what the shades are like.
I made the hat yesterday during that marathon tennis match between victorious Andy and previously victorious Novak. My television is in failing health, and so I followed the US Open finals via the US Tennis Association's web site. The picture was jumpy, but it still gave me some sense of what those two excellent players went through on a very, very windy and then chilly afternoon and evening.
Oh, back to the give away. If you would like a chance to have this hat warming your noggin this winter, please do leave me a comment by Friday, September 14. I will draw a winner's name on September 15.
Meanwhile, I will now return to yet another lace knitting project.
So far I am truly enjoying having an entire week off from the shop. It's grand to make up each day as I please.
Once again, many thanks to you all for your visits.