I took the day off today -- hey, I'm only human -- and I finished knitting my version of the Twiggy Bobble Hat. (Why "Twiggy"? Do all those bobbles make me look thinner? Or British?) I'm really pleased with it -- I've never been a wearer of slouchy hats, but photos on Ravelry convinced me to try it. To ensure slouchiness, I added an extra repeat of bobbles, which means an extra 6 rows in total, because I was copying this version. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Worsted (a little less than one 50-gram skein). I did a tubular cast-on, mostly just because I wanted to try the method described at the back of the current issue of IK. It worked fine, but it's not as neat as Anna's technique, which is the only other way I've done it.
I used straight needles for the cast-on, and then I just decided to continue the ribbing back and forth. I have a big head, see, and even though I was pretty sure the band of ribbing would fit, I thought it best to leave it open and then add a single-button band at the end, which is what I did. Also, after doing the ribbing on 4.0mm needles, I went up to a 4.5mm circular for the rest, in the interests of maximum slouchiness (see above, re: big head). In the end, the ribbed band was plenty loose, but I think the buttoned seed-stitch flap is a cute touch. I didn't see a need to block this hat; I can live with the slightly sphincter-like appearance at the back:
And the day (off) is not over! There are hours of potential knitting time ahead of me -- an hour during Lost, at the very least. I think I'll work on my slippers. And I'm amending my March finishing frenzy plan: If I finish four things (so, two more), I can cast on something new. Did you see the newest mittens making the rounds of Ravelry queues? My fingers are itching for Vinterblomster.
Hey, guess what? I caught Mooky lounging on the couch this morning -- gazing longingly at the window. He'll never learn.