I've been swatching. A lot. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I don't like swatching. At all. It's boring and a barrier to me getting to my knitting. It's just like finishing, but in the beginning. Finishing is a barrier to me wearing my knitted thing. Swatching is a barrier to me starting to knit my knitted thing. [For those who don't know, swatching means knitting a little square with the yarn and needles for the pattern to make sure it will be the right size in the end.] I try to avoid it as much as possible, usually by convincing myself (pretty much correctly) that I knit "normally" - not to tight and not too loose, just right - so I will just use the size needles the pattern calls for and it will turn out the way I will like it. HOWEVER....
This new pattern that I am obsessed with, Meadowlark, has given me no choice.
Meanwhile, I made this hat in one day:
Wurm hat and I love it. It was pretty easy - the only difficult part was folding the brim and picking up the cast on edge and incorporating it with the existing stitches to make a doubled brim (which makes your ears extra warm!). After that, though, knit a few rounds, purl a few rounds. Easy peasy.
And finally, a pretty winter sunset: