I haven't added the strap and button to my hat yet, although I did knit up the strap. In other knitting news, I finally decided what to knit with my Knit Picks Andean Treasure Alpaca yarn. I was going to knit a vest, but since I'm switching to a job with a stricter dress code, I'm not sure I want to knit a garment I can't wear at work and won't be able to wear till after I'm pregnant anyway. I was going to go with a Brush Creek Shawl, which I have knit before. I turns out that this gorgeous, supersoft yarn is pretty fuzzy with not great stitch definition, so the details would get lost. I ended up just casting on for a garter stitch cowl. I already knit up a whole ball, and washed it as a giant swatch to see how many balls I would need. I'm thinking 2 1/2, which will make this quite the speedy knit.
It stretched out a lot more than this after washing. Also, in organization news, I got my Plum Paper planner! I love it. I got it personalized just the way I like, and it's so pretty! It did take about 6 weeks to get here, so if you need a replacement planner start ordering soon. So far I don't have a ton to write down, but it'll be great for organizing school and work once I'm doing both.