So, the hat is looking beautiful, I'm starting the decreases, and I'm getting excited about finally being able to send it to my friend, even though it's already a month after Christmas. It's getting cold in NYC finally, so she can really use it. What's the problem, you ask? Well, see that tiny little bit of yarn on the left-hand side of the pic? That's all I have left for about 20 rows. It's not enough. Not by any stretch of the yarn-magination. So I have 2 options. One costs money, the other costs sanity. I can buy another ball of koigu. Or, I can rip this back and eliminate one of the repeats of the pattern, since it will be long enough anyway. Frugal mud wants option #2, but mud who is easily frustrated by ripping back multiple cabling rows and fearful she will not be able to figure out where to stop ripping wants option #1. I have a week to decide, since I'm on a work trip in Hong Kong now and didn't bring this with be so I wouldn't fret about it. What do you guys think?
In other wonderful news, my wheel arrived just before I left. Isn't it cute? I'm kind of amazed that I got it all assembled by myself (thanks to some help from the Ashford web site), and even got David to play with it a little. But I desperately need Jess's help to get me spinning. I tried and can't really get it started. I'm sad I'm missing the Frog Pond Fiber Frolic on Saturday, it would be a perfect coming out party for my new little wheel! I was excited to find out that Yarnmonster Jess has the same wheel, it makes me really think I made the right choice, because she's pretty good at all things fibrous and would buy a bad wheel!