Fall is well under way here, and so is the fall knitting.
I have completed three hats (four with the brown Rib-a-Roni I made last December) for Seafarer's Boxes for the Christmas at Sea program.
Here are three of the hats - a Ribbed Beanie for Any Head in olive Falk, and a blue and a brown Rib a Roni hat.
The Ribbed Beanie for Any Head is a pattern by Dancing Geek that I found on Ravelry. I particularly like the grafted closing in the center of the hat, as it leaves no gaps.
The hat does seem to fit on a large range of "heads", going around the narrow pumpkin stem in the first picture, and over a large crystal pillar candle holder in the second picture. I liked the first one enough that I decided to make a second.
I used a cable cast on for the first hat, and a long tail for the second. Either works fine for this pattern. The second hat I knit 1/2 inch longer before starting the decreases - I expect it can get pretty cold at sea, and a well-covered ear might be desirable. Plus I had enough yarn to make the hat a little longer. The color is best in the first picture (no surprise there, with actual sunlight).
I also finished my Lace Ladders scarf, made out of Colinette Jitterbug in Slate that I purchased at Yarns 2 Ewe a while back. I used one skein, and knit three repeats of the pattern, to get more length with the smaller skein than the pattern called for.
This was vacation knitting this summer; and Kendra knit one also - she finished knitting hers first, but I blocked mine before she did. I did have problems with the yarn - a total of 3 breaks in the yarn, and 6 other places where some of the plies were broken, as in this picture. Rather frustrating, but I absolutely loved the colors in the yarn, and how they changed, so I couldn't give up on the project. And the splices aren't noticeable.
I blocked the scarf firmly; the blocked length was 1/4" shorter than eight feet, and I blocked the scallops to 5 inches between each scallop, with a width of about 7 1/2 inches. Now the scarf has been relaxed, and worn once, it is 92 inches long, and about 6 1/2-7 inches wide.
So fall knitting is officially done - back to other projects.