I found a worthy recipient for my Selbu Modern hat that ended up being far too small for me. She's a seven year-old (which shows just how far off I was on the sizing), who is learning to knit and not only does she look adorable in it, but she loves it. She said it was like wearing a painting, which just made my day.
Having said goodbye, I really needed to knit another one for myself so have upped the needle sizes and begun again. The colour doesn't really come through on this photo but it's a gorgeous, deep purple. I'm using 4ply wool from Blacker Yarns.
Then, thanks to a mention on the Electric Sheep podcast (episode 107), I've discovered Stephen West's simple but so effective Garter Swish blanket. What a great stash buster! You essentially use two strands of different worsted weight yarn, one of which is in a pale, neutral colour, and you just knit rows of garter, changing the colours as your yarn finishes. I have a lot of chunky and fingering yarn in my stash so I'm using those and honestly, I just can't stop. It's knitting up so quickly and the colour changes keep it interesting. I think it'll be a great blanket for the couch because let's face it, it'll be a decade before I ever complete my hexipuff blanket.