I'm moving along with the Year of Techniques hosted by Arnall-Culliford. So far, we've covered Helical Stripes, Intarsia, and Pinhole cast-on. I finished my Amstel Hat that started top-down with a pinhole cast-on, using Berroco Ultra Alpaca:
June's technique is knitted-on edging. In keeping with my plan to use stash yarn and patterns I own, I'm knitting the Hydrangea Neckwarmer from the book Brave New Knits. I'm done the main body, and have started the edging. This is a new skill, but not a difficult one. The pattern calls for a provisional cast-on for the edging, but I will seam at the end. The yarn is variegated and pattern is lacy, so a small seam in the edging won't be noticeable. It was less awkward than the provisional one in the original pattern.
I'm enjoying the challenge of learning (or practicing) new things, but am happy that I've stuck with using pattern and yarn I own. It's so tempting to buy new patterns and yarns. This allows me to search through my books and patterns for things I may have overlooked before, and match with yarns to knit things I may not have considered before. Can't wait to see what July brings!