A couple months ago my sweet friend and neighbor, Stephanie, handed me a photo of a hat she found in a mailer, for inspiration.  She thought it was cute and it might inspire a new design. This design honestly looks not all that much like the hat in the photo, but it was truly inspired by the shape, as well as our friendship.  In honor of her, I named it 

Bonhomie (n): good natured, easy friendliness.

From the pattern page on ravelry

"Inspired by friendship and neighborliness, the simple lines and shape of this little beret lend a classic and clean look.

For those crisp days when you need a little something to cheer you up the way a smile from a dear friend always seems to."

Here's a few more pics, including a few on my girl.  The hat is written for one size, but I think it looks really adorable slightly oversized on a kiddo's noggin'.  It uses less than one skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted for the main color and a small little scrap of another color for the contrasting stripe.  

Looking at the Fall colors on the forest floor in these pictures is making me a little sad today as I watch the snow (that shouldn't even be here yet!) fall and blow around.  These were only taken a couple weeks ago, but our weather has definitely turned a corner.....a COLD corner!  

Guess it's a good thing I have lots of wool around to just keep knitting.  Here's a peek at the next design I plan to release, Synergy.  It's a fun colorwork cowl, worked up in Luna Grey Fiber Arts Calypso.  All of the test knits are turning out so great, I'm really happy.  This one should be available in my shop around December 1st. 

Hope everyone is managing to stay warm and getting lots of great knitting time in.  My current addiction is Malabrigo Mecha, around my neck, all the time.  It seems to be the only thing that takes the chill off.  So, I have a big, oversized textured cowl in line for publishing too.  Just as soon as I knit a second sample in a smaller size, because I couldn't decide on just one color for this one!

And if you haven't heard about or checked out the Indie Designer's Gift-Along on ravelry, you NEED to give it a look.  There are almost 300 designers participating and many of their designs are discounted 25% through Friday night, midnight EST, for the event.  

Here is a link to all of the information/participating designers: Gift Along Group

And here is the link to the bundle featuring the patterns I have included in the sale: Addiesma

We are also hosting a Knit-Along in On the Porch [with Addiesma], my ravelry group, so stop by to check out all the details.....there are some fun prizes!