I've been inspired by Nicole and Jenny -- specifically, by their Single-Skein September initiative -- to crank out some small projects and use up some yarn. In the last week or so, I've knit three hats! The one shown above (Thorpe) is my favourite, and the third one. I used up the Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky that was left over from my BOB cardigan -- which means it has been hanging around for two years. I love this new hat. Bill loves it, too, so it has been christened the House Hat. No need to get possessive.
Hat #1 also used up some two-year-old yarn: a ball of Wool-Ease that I bought in Buffalo because I just liked the colour. Finally turned it into a nice, plain tuque, using this free pattern. I have a large head, so I made the large size, but it's a teensy bit too big. I may rip back a bit to make it shallower. I may not really care. I still love the colour.
And Hat #2 was all about the knitting -- less about the outcome. I've always been curious about EZ's Ganomy hat, and I had a gorgeous skein of Easter-basket-coloured merino (Yarn Love Anne Shirley), and ... now I have a lovely, ill-fitting hat. (See aforementioned large head.)
I don't think the Ganomy will survive, but it was fun to try the pattern. The yarn is so pretty that I want to use it well. I still have half the skein, and I think Ganomy will have to be sacrificed in favour of a tiny little sweater for a friend's new little girl. It will look cuter on her.
Anyway, hats! Single skeins! Quick little projects! Whee!