First off the needles was the rolled brim knit hat - a free Ravelry pattern. I got a couple of balls of Lion Brand Amazing in Roses not knowing how much yarn it would take. (Most of my hats have taken just over a ball.) Amazingly this hat took just one ball with a good bit left over to add to my Fancy Dr Who scarf.
Once I had knitted the left overs into the scarf it was time to turn my attention to the last section of The Timber Scarf. Another free pattern on Ravelry. I had to adjust the stitches for the yarn I was using as it wasn't the same as specified in the pattern. (It was easier to decrease stitches than grow a longer neck, just saying.) The first part of the pattern called for good old garter stitch and the second double moss stitch. The third was a stitch that was a bit holy. I didn't like it. It looked like I'd messed up. It would be better saved for different yarn, thinner yarn, where I'm sure it would look much better. Nothing for it, I ripped it out and tried rice stitch. The instructions I had were pretty vague. I messed it up. I ripped it out and decided on stocking stitch. It looked so lovely I ploughed on for the specified amount and cast off. Then I ripped that out because the sides were stupid curly, It was looking more like a tube! I tried again with rice stitch - this time with better instructions. There was more ripping out, I don't know what I did wrong. In the end (after lots of ripping out!) I ended up completing the final section in single moss stitch. It worked a treat.
Now with those projects finished and no new yarn I'm having to turn to sewing. So I whipped up a sewing project bag. I only had a fat quarter of these Charley Harper penguins and I wanted to make the pouch a decent width. So I left on the (larger than normal) salvage. It's so satisfying whipping up stuff from stash. If I hadn't faffed about for ages deciding what I wanted to sew and looking for the Leanne Fanny scrap pack I bought ages ago. (Which I think is lost for good.) I may have got on with even more sewing.
Whilst I was looking for the scrap pack I came across some balls of yarn I'd bought years ago for some creative textiles work. Now I can make sense of the (no longer cryptic) details on the yarn band, I decided to knit up a simple scarf - letting the fancy yarn do the talking. This will be going into Mum's Christmas stocking.
And in case you're curious about the reading: On Halloween I started Others by James Herbert. I'd had it waiting to be read for years. Halloween seemed like the perfect time for a little spooky creepiness. Others is a supernatural love/detective story. It got more disturbing towards the end. But (slightly disappointingly) whilst it was a page turner, it was not the sort of book that kept me awake at night. I'll need to pick a new bath time read. Until then I'm back with the kindle and have started the next book group choice - The Road Home by Rose Tremain. I don't recall reading any of her books before.