Following my frantic, less-than-relaxing, holiday knitting race to the finish...It was high time I cast on an easy peasy project just for me. I have knit myself exactly one hat in all my years of knitting. Who really needs more than one hat anyway? The one I have worn every winter for the past several years is Emilee Mooney's Foliage Hat - a free pattern off Knitty. This hat was my first lace project. So, it holds a special place in my heart. It was knit out of some of the softest yarn around, Misti Alpaca Chunky.
Several months ago, I picked up a copy of Classic Elite Quick Knits from the library. My library has a very limited selection of mostly outdated knitting books (what's up with that?). So, this book was a lucky find. There were several patterns that caught my eye. Especially the Lattice Ribbed Hat by Sharon Brown. I love that it was knit in bulky yarn and had just enough detail to keep things interesting. While being simple enough to knit while visiting with other mom's during my son's karate class. I finished the hat in two days (a couple of hours of knitting each day). Yeah! I love projects like that. Talk about instant gratification! I chose Luna Grey's Spectra yarn in the colorway Calm. It's the first Peruvian Highland Wool I have found that doesn't itch. Woo Hoo! I would love to knit my husband a sweater out of this yarn but can't seem to find a good, raglan-style, top-down pattern. I am 100% committed to the seamless sweater thing. I am embarrassed to admit how many projects I have that are totally finished being knit. But, await seaming. I mean...some of them have been in my work-in-progress bag for years! Long enough for my kids to have long since outgrown them. So sad.